"When you look back on a lifetime and think of what has been given to the world by your presence,
your fugitive presence,
inevitably you think of your art, whatever it may be,
as the gift you have made to the world
in acknowledgment of the gift you have been given, which is the life itself.
And I think the world tends to forget that this is the ultimate significance of the body of work each artist produces.
The work is not an expression of the desire for praise or recognition, or prizes,
but the deepest manifestation of your gratitude for the gift of life."
With heartfelt thanks to Leone Scanlon for the gift of this book!