Pure vision is more in need of an open mind than a perfect soul. (1993)
Like a bad speech, a bad painting is endurable for the first five minutes. After ten, an enormous amount of patience and polite endurance is required to continue looking at it. After fifteen, it becomes unbearable. After twenty minutes downright annoying – for the repeated yawns it inevitably causes.
Only through imitation do we develop toward originality. – John Steinbeck – American author (1902-1968)
The creative process should never be easy. Comfortable, yes. Easy, never.
It is possible to draw and paint if you are afraid of the world but impossible if you are afraid of yourself.
Art happens when the eye is objective and the hand is free to play.
The figurative well rendered is based on logical sensuality whereas the abstract is rooted in sensual logic.
The constant craving to render easy everything we do is the very act by which we ultimately destroy all vestiges of human creative potential.
The ability to see and listen determines whether our artwork is worthy of being looked upon and appreciated over centuries.
Regardless of ism or awesomeness perceived to exist in contemporary artwork, the only quality worthy of note is that which raises the communication of content above and beyond the ordinary. That alone will determine the import and lasting integrity of a piece. No content? No history.No future.