American Artist, Collagist and Writer
"Artists have this desire for a vision of the world... There's some painting someplace that's not in a museum and it's your idea as a painter to put that one thing that is missing there."
"But no one, when you stop to think, has ever equated abstract expressionism as a movement with jazz music. It's based on improvisation. The rhythms, the personal involvement, all of this is part of the jazz experience."
"Every artist wants his work to be permanent. But what is? The Aswan Dam covered some of the greatest art in the world. Venice is sinking. Great books and pictures were lost in the Florence floods. In the meantime we still enjoy butterflies."
"Painting and art cannot be taught. You can save time if someone tells you to put blue and yellow together to make green, but the essence of painting is a self-disciplined activity that you have to learn by yourself."
"Painting is the act of discovery and you're constantly enlarging your horizon or finding yourself every time you paint."
"Practically all great artists accept the influence of others. But . . . the artist with vision sees his material, chooses, changes, and by integrating what he has learned with his own experiences, finally molds something distinctly personnel."
"The artist has to be exactly the opposite [of people singing the song, I've gotta be Me,] and transcend himself as he makes judgments."
"The artist has to be something like a whale swimming with his mouth wide open, absorbing everything until he has what he really needs."
"There are roads out of the secret place within us which we must all move as we go to touch others."
"If you're any kind of artist, you make a miraculous journey, and you come back and make some statements in shapes and colors of where you were."