Painting teaches one to see.
My intent is to induce the Stendhal syndrome among viewers. If not in a single painting, then in a room full of them. To add beauty to the world or rather to capture some of it in all its vibrancy and drama and ephemerality and reflect it ‘so all souls can see it’.
"Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen."
Leonardo da Vinci
"In short, I want to get to the point where people say of my work: that man feels deeply, that man feels keenly. In spite of my so-called coarseness - do you understand? - perhaps even because of it. It seems pretentious to speak this way now, but that is the reason why I want to put all my energies into it.
What am I in the eyes of most people - a nonentity, an eccentric or an unpleasant person - somebody who has no position in society and never will have, in short, the lowest of the low.
All right, then - even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart."
“Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.” ― Bertolt Brecht
“The voice of beauty speaks softly; it creeps only into the most fully awakened souls”, "Truth is ugly. We possess art lest we perish of the truth."
“I paint flowers so they will not die.”
― Frida Kahlo
"Painting is Silent Poetry..."- Plutarch.
“I am following Nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”----Claude Monet
'...this thing upon me
like a flower and a feast,
is not death and is not
and like Quixote’s windmills
makes a foe
turned by the heavens
against one man;
…this thing upon me,'
“Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purpose through him. As a human being he may have moods and a will and personal aims, but as an artist he is "man" in a higher sense— he is "collective man"— one who carries and shapes the unconscious, psychic forms of mankind.”
― C.G. Jung
“Let us not mince words.. the marvelous is always beautiful, anything marvelous is beautiful, in fact only the marvelous is beautiful.”
― Andre Breton