What motivates and inspires you?
"I’ve probably learned the most from the artist Chuck Close. I keep a copy of a magazine interview he gave in it he said “you have to deal with your fear. The part of you that says, “I can’t do it.” You have to rely on the part of you that says, “well, it doesn’t look that bad.” And you have to keep going even though there are no guarantees. I’ve found a way to work for myself by breaking everything down to the smallest pieces. I just keep working at each little unit of the painting. Today I’ll do what I did yesterday, and tomorrow I’ll do what I did today, the same thing in pieces small enough for me to handle.” I’ve put that philosophy into practice in my art and my daily life. Another thing I learned from Chuck Close is to purge your mind of references to other people. You have to put yourself into the position to be you on the canvas. That’s vitally important."
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