"I have not tried to reproduce nature; I have represented it."
"Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it."
"I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me."
"When you see a fish you don't think of its scales, do you? You think of its speed, its floating, flashing body seen through the water... If I made fins and eyes and scales, I would arrest its movement, give a pattern or shape of reality. I want just the flash of its spirit."
"The more abstract is form, the more clear and direct its appeal."
Remember: "No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination."
"Creativity takes courage." - Matisse
“The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.” ~ Piet Mondrian