The only difference between me (a painter) and my father (a mechanic) is the oil on our hands. (2013)
Pure vision is more in need of an open mind than a perfect soul. (1993)
Only through imitation do we develop toward originality. – John Steinbeck – American author (1902-1968)
Art is our maker, not our slave.
Art is never abstract and always is.
The arts are a counter-balance to the demands of conformity, to a submission to the status quo and to lowest common denominator expectations concocted by an environment become complacent.
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.
Art cannot and does not survive in an emotional vacuum. If we are ignorant of the world in which we live, preferring to focus on our individual needs and aspirations rather than on the community which feeds us physically and emotionally – art simply fades into a mediocrity of sameness.
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.”
Art happens when the eye is objective and the hand is free to play.