"Beauty is just kind of an accident. Beauty is just a happenstance. Beauty is the remainders of being a painter."
"There is—if not a vampirishness—certainly an appropriation of other people’s distress in the activity of being a writer or an artist. But there is also something in the activity of both—contemplating, depicting, and spending the time with it—which I hope as an artist redeems the activity from one of simple exploitation and abuse."