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An artist can't help being surrounded by art. We bring our own world no matter where we go.
Actually, karma is a lesson.
Art is also inevitable.
Art is never controversial nor shocking. It just rubs those who aren't ready the wrong way.
Art is not about "look at me." Art is about "I was here."
Art is vicious, it bites you right in the soul. 
Artists do not lose their minds. They get lost in them and bring back souvenirs.
Artists do not need to have all the answers. Part of their gift is to be able to live and work with the ambivalence.
Don't just imagine the possibilities. Go after them!
Every couple of years they tell us that painting's dead. This is why one must paint like one’s in intensive care giving it CPR. 
Give a child a crayon and a sheet of paper and he or she will draw you a map to the center of the universe.
Honor your studio as a place of worship, where you always take creative leaps of faith.
I don’t mind being called prolific. It's a kindlier diagnosis than manic.
I feel most abundant when I'm hard at work doing what I love.  All sense of limitation disappears.
I was not influenced by a school of Latino Artists. But I often describe my work as the chaos of the Nicaraguan civil war to the sound of heavy metal music.
If you want to become an artist, ring the doorbell and announce yourself. But be ready to come in and work.
If you're too afraid of ruining it, then you're probably too afraid to take it to the next level.
In an era when war, conflict and violence have become so common. The greatest act of rebelliousness left for us, is to become Peacemakers.
In this art game you have to take chances. Your loss is really in not taking them.
I've painted my way out of a sad chaotic life. 
Like a work of art, some people will love me, some people will hate me, some will reject me and some will just be indifferent. But unlike a work of art, I was given the chance to love myself. 
Most of my work stems from an emotionally charged, at times dark, at times painful place. To hear others regard it as beautiful or meaningful to their lives is the biggest compliment. The gift is in sharing and understanding the feelings and experiences of another.
Painting is my ritual and I always find god in it.
Portraits are the best of friends. They always listen and never ever interrupt to say "Wait till you hear what happened to me!"
Positive or negative, any reaction to the work is evidence that art has stimulated them.
The canvas is darkness and we bring our light to it.
The most liberating and rewarding thing in my career as an artist has been to discover and accept the artist I’m not.
The pain could be worthwhile, if from your darkest hour you emerge having found beauty.
The peak moments are all in the studio, when you discover you've arrived at something great with your hard work and creativity.
The process of art-making is magical. It is pure and unique for each and every artist. It is a riddle, a mystery, a contradiction and miracle. It’s result a blessing. It is our reason for being and our reason to live.
You can look at the canvas as half blank or half painted.
Your creativity is meant to be shared. But that is a whole other courageous task in the creative life.