Doug Ross portrait

The twentieth century German thinker and man of letters Walter Benjamin once had a dream of “writing” a book that consisted of nothing but quotations. In the spirit of Benjamin’s dream, I offer four quotations as my artist’s statement.

“To Paint is to Love Again” – Henry Miller

“I think it is the same for most artists, with maturity those earlier issues fade away and private obsessions come to the fore.” – Sylvia Mangold

“Thus, a valid painter, letting color and line, observed, sift into his eyes, up the nerve trunks and mix well with his experience before it flows down his hand to the canvas, has made his painting say, ‘It Might be so’.” – John Steinbeck

“For me it is the play of imagination over the facts of life.” – Sherwood Anderson