It was Picasso who said “Good artists copy, great artists steal. Meaning, I take what I like and make it my own. I personalize it and use it to create my own art. Throughout history artists have always been influenced by others, and relationships have become symbiotic by artists feeding off of each other. For an artist, it is important to go to shows and to see what’s out there. I have met many artists who refuse to be exposed to what is going on because they want to keep themselves as “pure” as possible, or as far away from influences as they can. This could be a legitimate concern and living off on one’s own fat might be a good idea, however, after a while, there is always the possibility of getting stuck in your own sphere, becoming claustrophobic or simply dying of malnourishment, and worst of all, experiencing the delusion that what you’re doing is really original.
The painting above: Heads of State 71 x 65 acrylic on canvas. Collection of Sigrid Insull.