She was an explorer and as an artist lived life her own way.
What impresses most about her is that she had a lifelong commitment to going deeper into the heart of things. The essence. And lived a long, active life.
It’s interesting to note that she lived in two very contrasting places: the hustle and density of NYC and the solitude and mystery of New Mexico.
Three revealing quotes:
“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.”
“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”
“I decided to start anew-to strip away what I had been taught, to accept as true my own thinking. This was one of the best times of my life. There was no one around to look at what I was doing, no one interested, no one to say anything about it one way or another. I was alone and singularly free, working into my own, unknown-no one to satisfy but myself. I began with charcoal and paper and decided not to use any color until it was impossible to do what I wanted to do in black and white. I believe it was June before I needed blue.”