It’s important to slow down and take time for self-care, and art can be the perfect entry to a moment of rest.
The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
Some people like to paint trees. I like to paint love. I find it more meaningful than painting trees.
For my taste, sculpture should have as little movement as possible. It should not fall, and gesture, and grimace, and if one depicts movement, grimaces come too easily. Rodin himself remains quiet; he puts movement into his rendering of muscles, but the whole remains quiet and calm.
Being black is a very important point of tension and self-discovery. To have a sense of self-acceptance we blacks have to throw off this dichotomy that has been forced on us by the white experience. For some there is a need to do this frontally and objectively. There are some who believe there is no threat. I think there is a need to live universally.
Vertical and horizontal lines are the expression of two opposing forces; they exist everywhere and dominate everything; their reciprocal action constitutes ‘life.’ I recognized that the equilibrium of any particular aspect of nature rests on the equivalence of its opposites.
I am essentially a painter of the kind of still life composition that communicates a sense of tranquility and privacy, moods which I have always valued above all else.
For an Impressionist to paint from nature is not to paint the subject, but to realize sensations.
For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life—the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value.
What better way to practice self-care than by celebrating nature? Enjoy the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 paired with scenes of landscapes from our collection and from the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and photographer Paul Selvaggio. Let this celebration of spring inspire you to enjoy some fresh air today, in whatever way you safely can.
Once the object has been constructed, I have a tendency to rediscover in it, transformed and displaced, images, impressions, facts which have deeply moved me (often without my knowing it).