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You know, the way art history is taught, often there's nothing that tells you why the painting is great. The description of a lousy painting and the description of a great painting will very much sound the same.
What difference does it make whether you're looking at a photograph or looking at a still life in front of you? You still have to look.
Sometimes I really want to paint somebody and I don't get a photograph that I want to work from.
Sculpture occupies real space like we do... you walk around it and relate to it almost as another person or another object.
Part of the joy of looking at art is getting in sync in some ways with the decision-making process that the artist used and the record that's embedded in the work.
Painting is the most magical of mediums. The transcendence is truly amazing to me every time I go to a museum and I see how somebody figured another way to rub colored dirt on a flat surface and make space where there is no space or make you think of a life experience.
Most people are good at too many things. And when you say someone is focused, more often than not what you actually mean is they're very narrow.
It's always a pleasure to talk about someone else's work.
It doesn't upset artists to find out that artists used lenses or mirrors or other aids, but it certainly does upset the art historians.
I'm very learning-disabled, and I think it drove me to what I'm doing.
I'm plagued with indecision in my life. I can't figure out what to order in a restaurant.
I wanted to translate from one flat surface to another. In fact, my learning disabilities controlled a lot of things. I don't recognize faces, so I'm sure it's what drove me to portraits in the first place.
I think most paintings are a record of the decisions that the artist made. I just perhaps make them a little clearer than some people have.
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