Clem had made it known that Pollock was a great painter.
Context begins with other artists - seniors and mentors.
Usually I throw away what I don't get right the first time.
I think of painting without subject matter as music without words.
For me context is the key - from that comes the understanding of everything.
I've also been willing to share any help that I could give to any other artist.
With artists of my own generation there was at first no group identity - and never a clique.
Because of this the representation I'm interested in is of those things only the eye can touch.
In the '50s Morris Louis and I were not known, David Smith and Helen Frankenthaler were not much known.
As time goes on, I realize more and more that, beginning in the early 30's, David Smith began setting the precedent for what was to come later for many of us.