Richard A. Jacobson

"It's the promise of the perfect image, the fully realized thought that pushes me forward."

If you imagine the studio as a giant sandbox for adults, you can get a sense of
what it's like to work in one. There is no greater pleasure to step into the
studio with the wild abandon of childish excitement. To allow play to lead you
through your thoughts and feelings and help you ultimately come to grips
with what it is to be human. Of course, not every hour, day, even week, is that
way. The losing of the ego to allow 'play' to happen is elusive. The feeling is so
powerful, though it draws the artist back again and again.
"Your next painting is in the painting you are working on", I had always
thought Chuck Close said this, I am not sure anymore, but that does not
diminish the truth of this statement. The more time I spend in the studio
working or simply tinkering, as my father would say, the more new
perspectives reveal themselves. New connections between imagery and
emotions become clearer.