It is an incredible compliment to be called an artist- even though most people have no idea what or who an artist is. . . But when this compliment is uttered, the recipient should simply say thank you and then shut up – lest that “complimenter” discovers they have made a serious mistake. – 2009
Self-expression is for babies and seals, where it can be charming. A writer’s business is to affect the reader. – Vincent McHugh (1904-1983)
The only difference between me (a painter) and my father (a mechanic) is the oil on our hands. (2013)
Only through imitation do we develop toward originality. – John Steinbeck – American author (1902-1968)
Though underestimated by some, Prince Charles will undoubtedly be a good King. As a painter he has learned that the process, the concept of ever-learning, holds more riches than the becoming or the being.
It is possible to draw and paint if you are afraid of the world but impossible if you are afraid of yourself.
Where anorexic “barbies” are the height of feminine esthetics and victimhood is the new heroism sold to children, contemporary creation of artworks cannot help but be expressively depressive.
On April 30, 1896, Cézanne wrote to Joachim Gasquet: “All my life I have worked to be able to earn my living, but I thought that one could do good painting without attracting attention to one’s private life. Certainly, an artist wishes to raise himself intellectually as much as possible, but the man must remain obscure. The pleasure must be found in the work.”
The ability to see and listen determines whether our artwork is worthy of being looked upon and appreciated over centuries.
To be an artist is not to elevate myself above the fray but rather to elevate myself above myself.