“I believe the only real moments of happiness and a feeling of aliveness & completeness occur when I swing a brush. I don’t think I can do without it.”
Jay DeFeo was inspired by what she saw around her. She looked closely at everything in her surroundings including her own eyes and teeth, flowers, plants, trees, and vegetables. She was also fascinated by man-made objects—a plaster cast that had been on her dog’s leg, her swimming goggles, camera tripods, and even broken items such as a telephone, a tape dispenser, and a cup handle.