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Toward freedom is the direction that the artist takes. Art work comes straight through a free mind — an open mind. Absolute freedom is possible.  -- Agnes Martin

An Evening in June

I've been listening to John Berger - "Ways of Seeing," and thoughts have wandered off on a tangent but not completely unrelated to his point. His main argument about oil painting seems to be that its history is mired in egoism, status and self-promotion. So it has led me again, as I am led often, to the question of why I paint. If my motivation is honest, hopefully my paintings will be too. Of all Charles Hawthorne's wise advice to his students, three simple words have stayed with me: "Paint something true."

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