"Art making is a discipline of mind, heart, and hand. Potentially sacred, potentially linked to deep levels in oneself. It is a path of entry into profound contact with nature and a means of belonging here and now to what one sees, feels, and records with one's brush. It is a way."
-- Roger Lipsey, Angelic Mistakes: The Art of Thomas Merton
"I think the material has its own intelligence. Individuals seek out the technique they need to accomplish what they want to do, but what I have to teach is how to go back to your own studio and work out of your own impulses and know that you don't have to know how to do something before you start. The material will talk to you and tell you what to do and lead you. You do something, it does something."
-- Betty Oliver, in "Teaching the Craft of Freedom," Fall 2009 article by Robin Dreyer in the Penland Line.