There are many beautiful things in the world. I cannot make them all.
I cannot be true to myself by copying others or by being influenced by so many that my self is lost.
I must find my core, develop my art. I accept influence, process it and express it in my own way. Refusing to acknowledge what others do is to shut out the world, ignore advances and declare my own views better than any other. Accepting influence blindly, without reflecting on it and fitting it to my work is to deny my own views, to stifle my voice and shut myself out of the world.