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Master of Fine Arts


Painting and Printmaking

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Richard Carlyon


Whereas certain people start with a recollection or an experience and paint that experience, to some of us the act of doing it becomes the experience; so that we are not quite clear why we are engaged in a particular work. And because we are more interested in plastic matters than we are in a matter of words one can begin a picture and carry it through and stop it and do nothing about the title at all.

I believe that this statement by Baziotes has a great deal to do with the way I feel about my painting. Perhaps it is because I cherish the idea that in my painting, and in paintings that I respond to, there is a certain reality which goes beyond words. It is not that I feel painting cannot be talked about, it is that I feel some painting should not be talked about.


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