Matisse draws what I call the essence of the plants. He leaves a shape open. He'll do a leaf and not close it. Everybody used to say, oh, I got it all from Matisse, and I said, 'Not really.'
All my work comes from perceiving. I kept seeing things that were brooding in me. I'm not a geometric artist.
I'm interested in the space between the viewer and the surface of the painting - the forms and the way they work in their surroundings. I'm interested in how they react to a room.
I've always wanted... I wanted to give people joy.
When I see a white piece of paper, I feel I've got to draw. And drawing, for me, is the beginning of everything.