I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn't show.
Most artists look for something fresh to paint; frankly I find that quite boring. For me it is much more exciting to find fresh meaning in something familiar.
I think one's art goes as far and as deep as one's love goes.
Believe in yourself and believe in love. Love something.
I'm not at all interested in painting the object just as it is in nature. Certainly I'm much more interested in the mood of a thing than the truth of a thing.
When you lose your simplicity, you lose your drama.
I search for the realness, the real feeling of a subject, all the texture around it... I always want to see the third dimension of something... I want to come alive with the object.
I think you have to use your eyes as well as your emotion, and one without the other just doesn't work
My aim is not to exhibit craft, but rather to submerge it, and make it rightfully the handmaiden of beauty, power and emotional content.
I don't think that there is anything that is really magical unless it has a terrifying quality.
It's a moment that I'm after, a fleeting moment, but not a frozen moment.
If you clean it up, get analytical, all the subtle joy and emotion you felt in the first place goes flying out the window.
What you have to do is break all the rules.
I do an awful lot of thinking and dreaming about things in the past and the future - the timelessness of the rocks and the hills - all the people who have existed there.
Don't overdo it, don't underdo it. Do it just on the line.
My struggle is to preserve that abstract flash - like something you caught out of the corner of your eye, but in the picture you can look at it directly.
I think one's art goes as far and as deep as one's love goes. I see no reason for painting but that. If I have anything to offer, it is my emotional contact with the place where I live and the people I do.
If somehow I can, before I leave this earth, combine my absolutely mad freedom and excitement with truth, then I will have done something.
God, I've frozen my ass off painting snow scenes!
Artists today think of everything they do as a work of art. It is important to forget about what you are doing - then a work of art may happen.
To be interested solely in technique would be a very superficial thing to me. If I have an emotion, before I die, that's deeper than any emotion that I've ever had, then I will paint a more powerful picture that will have nothing to do with just technique, but will go beyond it.
I get letters from people about my work. The thing that pleases me most is that my work touches their feelings. In fact, they don't talk about the paintings. They end up telling me the story of their life or how their father died.
I love to study the many things that grow below the corn stalks and bring them back to the studio to study the color. If one could only catch that true color of nature - the very thought of it drives me mad.
I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious.
My aim is to escape from the medium with which I work.
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