“Whoever wishes to devote himself to painting should begin by cutting out his own tongue” - Henri Matisse. Matisse didn’t follow his own advice.
"Realist paintings, especially those based on photographs should by now require little explanation. My paintings may or may not emphasize photographic properties. Colour, saturation, contrast and composition vary with whatever suits the painting: strict adherence to Photorealism is not an issue. I choose subjects that I find interesting or are likely to sell, preferably both. If I have created coherent body of work I don’t know what it is."