The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting.
Vincent Van Gogh

The emotions are sometimes so strong that I work without knowing it.
Vincent Van Gogh


I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.
Vincent van Gogh


I would rather die of passion than of boredom.
Vincent van Gogh

A great free joy surges through me when I work.
Clyfford Still


The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.
Auguste Rodin


True artists are almost the only men who do their work for pleasure.
Auguste Rodin

The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.
Auguste Rodin


I am dominated by one thing, an irresistible, burning attraction towards the abstract.
Gustave Moreau


I choose to be the creator in bliss rather than the tormented artist. It's a choice and a matter of how much we identify with external circumstances. It can also depend on how we care for ourselves.
Linda Saccoccio


All the sorrow, all the bitterness, all the sadness, I forget them and ignore them in the joy of working.
Camille Pissarro


Peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast on your life.
Derek Walcott


Don't look for obscure formulas or mystery in my work. It is pure joy that I offer you. Look at my sculptures until you see them. Those closest to God have seen them.
Constantin Brancusi


I can't understand how anyone is able to paint without optimism.
Hans Hoffman


Having a little fun at my work does not make me any less of an artist.
Clarice Cliff


I don't paint to live, I live to paint.
Willem de Kooning


Being an artist is celebrating life.
Henry Moore


When I paint I am ageless, I just have the pleasure or the difficulty of painting.
Francis Bacon


Passion is the very fuel of inspiration.
Carole Katchen


When we are enthusiastic, we are intoxicated with passion rooted in our true selves, and it flows into all we do.
Linda Saccoccio


Creating is the most intense excitement one can come to know.
Anni Albers


Do not worry about your originality. You could not get rid of it even if you wanted to.
Robert Henri


Art is a passion or it is nothing.
Robert Fry


I am dominated by one thing, an irresistible, burning attraction towards the abstract.
Gustave Moreau


One has to believe in what one is doing, one has to commit oneself inwardly, in order to do painting. Once obsessed, one ultimately carries it to the point of believing that one might change human beings through painting. But if one lacks this passionate commitment, there is nothing left to do. Then it is best to leave it alone.
Robert Rauschenberg


At moments of great enthusiasm it seems to me that no one in the world has ever made something this beautiful and important.
M.C. Escher

There's not a moment I'm not completely engaged, right there at brush-point, as I have no idea where this path will lead and what subtleties, risks, and skills will be demanded of me to get there.
Susan Avishai


If you see the world as beautiful, thrilling and mysterious, as I think I do, then you feel quite alive.
David Hockney

If you have a calling, an urge, something you think about day and night, a passion, it is there for you to follow, to listen to it, to move toward it, and to find out the ways it may bring you more into being your total and complete self. We have all been given unique and extraordinary gifts in order to use them, and to share the wealth and joy of it with others.
Brenda Johima