You really need faith in yourself to make art and to stand up for what you believe in.
The faces people make when they are photographed and the face they have when you draw them are very different.
I like the really human sides of people. To meet them and see that theyre complicated and weird or shy or any of those things sort of makes it even better to know that they can rise above that and make something great.
Romanticism is not just about being in a fixed state of endless beauty, because you can't live like that or live on that, that's what I've learnt.
To paint well, I need to be enraptured by my subjects.
Theres something in music that fascinates me - how it communicates emotion so immediately. Thats something I wanted in my paintings.
I lived in London for a time in the '90s and I love it here. You know, I just go and see shows and have great dinners and walk around.
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