Favorite Quotes About Art & Artists


“You shouldn’t be held back by the thought that you’re not good enough, experienced enough. That’s always going to be true: no artist is as good as he or she could be; that’s what keeps us painting.”

~Gregg Kreutz, Artist

“I want to represent nature the way it FEELS — not the way it actually looks.”

~Dennis Sheehan, Artist

“Instead of glorifying the creation, I concentrate on glorifying the Creator by simply rendering His creation. He is the Master.”

~Vlad Duchev, Artist

“The sky is the ultimate art gallery just above us.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Author

“Beyond myself, somewhere, I wait for my arrival.”

~Octavio Paz, Poet


“When you watch an artist produce a beautiful painting in a couple of hours, it’s because they’ve worked at it. For every success, there have been many failures.”

~Richard McKinley, Artist

“Don’t be afraid of anything on your palette.”

~Marla Baggetta, Artist

“Inspiration does not come like a bold, nor is it kinetic energy striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness.”

~Brenda Ueland, Artist

“It’s not the color I perceive, but it’s the color that I enjoy; therefore, it’s wonderful.”

~Alain Picard

“Artistic intuition is not a gift but something that needs time to be cultivated and given time to mature.”

~Richard McKinley, Artist

“Every artist dips his brush into his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures.”

~Henry Ward Beecher, Abolitionist minister

“Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once he grows up.”

~Pablo Picasso, Artist

“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily….To not dare is to lose one’s self.”

~Soren Kierkegaard, Theologian/Philosopher

“If my ship sails from sight, it doesn’t mean my journey ends, it simply means the river bends.”

~Enoch Powell, Politician/Poet