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)
If I paint a tomato, I am not trying to create a real tomato. I simply want to feel that delicious constricted reaction in my throat that fresh garden picked tomatoes cause. I want to taste it. Painting is a sensuous act. It cannot be reduced to a lowest common denominator exercise in photo-copying.
To render subjects well, we must see them – not impose upon them what we see.
How to paint convincing electrical wiring over architectural or natural surfaces in a landscape? Paint the sky, the walls, the trees. . . never paint the wires. . . Step back. If they need to be there, they will be there. Otherwise they will have graciously and unceremoniously disappeared. 06
When the time comes when there is no “Art”, we will be no more.
Artistic expression allows those who feel imposed upon by the disciplined edge of society to speak freely and without guilt