Larry Poons, excerpt from an interview in Miami Herald.
By looking at nature, children are learning how to see, he says, and nature gets it right.
“There’s something always instinctively visually right about nature,” he said. “There’s no difference, to my eye, between looking at a great painting and looking at nature. Because painting, when it’s great, has the same immutable rightness, unquestioned rightness, about it.”
And that rightness is intrinsic to its nature.
“It doesn’t matter what the story behind the painting is,” he said, “whether this was painted for a whorehouse or it was painted for the Vatican. A great painting is a great painting.”