Late nights of sustained creation. Early morning epiphanies. Private frustrations and repetitive rituals. Long stretches of weekends and canvas time where you are deep in the thick of it. Navigating the whispers of inspiration, personal expression and tortured execution. This is a big part of what it means to be an artist. [...]
Like any skill, and painting is a skill, it will diminish if we don't use it regularly. Painting is learning on the job and I don't think that ever stops. When we stop painting as much as we should we stop learning and progressing.
Behind every artist there is a story. It is unfortunate that our culture (these days we should think global culture) tends to focus more on monetary success and recognition than quality of expression. [...]