Cliff McReynolds (American, b. 1933)Will
, c. 1985
A note from the artist:
I’m not interested in “self-expression” or “personal truth” but in truth itself, particularly in its aesthetic and spiritual dimensions. In fact I define art as the creative expression of truth.
Because I use the trial and error method—mostly error—I experience painting as a series of emergencies building to a central crisis; will it be a work of art or trash? Even a good result is a mixed blessing because it can get you half believing that perfection is just around the corner. Not true, of course; one of the beauties of perfection is that the closer you come to it, the farther away it gets.
Certain distinctions often elude me as well: the difference between freedom and license, success and fulfillment, and especially between willfulness and tenacity. Years ago I approached all this with common sense, willpower, and reason. These days I prefer something more practical, like prayer.
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