The power of a painting has to come from the inside out, not the outside in. It's not just an image. It's an image with a body and that body has to contain its spirit...What's behind it decides everything. How it starts will define how it ends.

— Sean Scully

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When I got into art school, I thought it was paradise.

I wanted to be an artist so much that I was really driven and nothing could stop me.


I was always artistic - right from childhood - but my love of painting came a bit later. It followed my love of music.


I do believe abstraction is and was meant to embody deep emotion.

I believe that's its job, in the history of art.


I work on stretched linen canvas, sized so that the surface already has a sense of tension when I begin. It is a very rich and reactive surface. I begin by drawing on the canvas with a kind of loose line, very simply and freely. I paint very thinly, which allows me to change the drawing if I want to.

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