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Born: 1940-07-05
Profession: Artist
Nation: American
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I always thought that one of the reasons why a painter likes especially to have other painters look at his or her work is the shared experience of having pushed paint around.

Tags: Experience, Thought, Work

I'm plagued with indecision in my life. I can't figure out what to order in a restaurant.

Tags: Figure, Life, Order

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.

Tags: Art, Artists, Used

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.

Tags: Good, Mean, Someone

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.

Tags: Life, Looking, Whether

All the fingerprint paintings are done without a grid.

Tags: Done, Grid, Paintings

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.

Tags: Artist, Decisions, Perhaps

I'm very learning-disabled, and I think it drove me to what I'm doing.

Tags: Drove

It's always a pleasure to talk about someone else's work.

Tags: Else, Someone, Work

Sculpture occupies real space like we do... you walk around it and relate to it almost as another person or another object.

Tags: Almost, Another, Real

Sometimes I really want to paint somebody and I don't get a photograph that I want to work from.

Tags: Somebody, Sometimes, Work

I did some pastels and I did other pieces in which there was just basically one color per square, and then they would get bigger and I could get 2 or 3 colors into the square, and ultimately I just started making oil paintings.

Tags: Color, Making, Started

I discovered about 150 dots is the minimum number of dots to make a specific recognizable person. You can make something that looks like a head, with fewer dots, but you won't be able to give much information about who it is.

Tags: Able, Give, Won

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.

Tags: Another, Learning, Place

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.

Tags: Experience, Life, Time

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.

Tags: Art, Joy, Work

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.

Tags: Art, Great, History