Favorite Quotes About Art & Artists


“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.”

~Twyla Tharp, Dancer/choreographer and Author

“What separates the picture you want to make with paint from any OTHER picture is the very trace of your hand, the imperfections of your vision, and the limitless nature of your imagination.”

~Florent Farges, Artist

“If you know who you are, you will know how to paint. And your paintings will be instantly better because they will have this extra bit of life—this honesty, this poetic truth—that makes a painting outstanding despite its imperfections. Be true to yourself and become the painter you are meant to be.”

~Florent Farges, Artist

“Ultimately, I wish to leave some mystery in a painting—something unresolved that allows a viewer to enter the world of the painting and make his or her own discoveries within it.”

~John MacDonald, Artist

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

~Alain Picard, Artist


“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