Art is always an exaggeration in some sense; in color, in form, even in theme, etc... but it has always been this way. It is the same with the nature of some works by Giotto or Massacio, or the color of life as expressed by Van Gogh.
In a photo, you just do a click, but in art you have to put in so much energy. This concentration of energy and attention says something that other media cannot say.
Sketching is almost everything. It is the painter's identity, his style, his conviction, and then color is just a gift to the drawing.
I had wanted to be a sculptor throughout life, but to do so, I had to stop painting.
My work is a self-portrait of my mind, a prism of my convictions.
There's nothing more superficial to do than to paint a beautiful woman. The most beautiful portraits in art were of ugly women. If you paint Brigitte Bardot, it's a disaster. Sunsets, you have to stay away from sunsets. You paint a sunset, you are in great danger.