Painting is a Way of Life by Montse Valdés
" For the first twenty years of my artistic evolution, I passionately chased 'that' painting: every work that I started was destined to be 'the one' until the piece was half finished and started to slip away from what I wanted. However, there was no time to lose heart, as I would immediately start work on another piece with the same zeal and enthusiasm.
I have been following my artistic path for thirty-three years now, a wonderful age! My work follows a certain process, which is also my process, although I often see it as a separate entity. When I manage to let myself go and surrender myself completely to the piece, becoming so small that I almost disappear, the work reveals and creates itself. As the paint brush was once for me, I am a tool made to create. I sometimes look at a my work and feel that the piece wanted to exist, had to exist and even existed beforehand, but has only revealed itself now.
This work is no easy task and it can elude me at any given moment, and often does: by interfering too much, the inspiration (or creative process) disappears, leaving me alone with my technique and those paintings do not survive.
It is important to have talent, but talent is worthless without freedom of thought, ambition, bravery, passion and the desire to achieve your aim. "