Artists Quotes

Quality film-making is the key. You don’t wanna do films with black casts and directors just for the sake of doing it. Critical acclaim and commercial success is the goal. Also the way we work together as artists; giving to one another and sharing in the work. That’s what a renaissance is: artists who wanna […]

I was always good at math, and I was going to be an engineer, because you had to have a real job. Where I come from, there are no artists; artists were teaching at the high school down the street.

I paint now, and I want endless hours to paint. I wish I could go back in time and start as a young child and learn to paint. I have so many things that I’m interested in learning about, and I wish I had more time.

Painting isn’t just putting the paint on. You have to mix the paint. You know, I painted a big picture once. It went clear across the garage. The man who helped me was a sheepherder. I got him to help me stretch the canvas.

Aside from painting and gardening, I’m good for nothing.

I’ve always been a little left of center of what the trends are, no matter what they are. That’s not on purpose. That’s just who I am as an artist.

It seems strange to me that someone thought of making marble statues. I understand how you could see something in the root of a tree, a crack in the wall, in an eroded stone or pebble. But marble? It comes off in blocks and doesn’t evoke any image. It does not inspire. How could Michelangelo […]

People are always asking me to sign my old canvases. It’s ridiculous! In one way or another, I always marked my pictures. But there were times when I put my signature on the back of the canvas. All my works from the cubist period, until about 1914, have my name and the date on the […]

I put on my favorite music in my studio and paint. I pick up the brush, pick a color, put color on the canvas, answer it with another color and another, like musical improvisation. Suddenly, I have a painting. I know colors like some people know a melody. And the tunes of my favorite musicians […]

It was a special thrill to meet, paint and hang out with Ringo Starr. I painted a series of portraits of Ringo to celebrate his birthday one year. I also painted a Baldwin piano for him benefitting one of his charities, MusiCares, which helps musicians in times of need. I painted a second piano for […]