I used to tell my students when you’re doing landscape painting what you have to do is go out and drive around or walk around until you find the right attitude. If you find it you can make a painting out of anything. It’s not finding the right subject; it’s finding the right attitude. Because once you get into recognizing the possibility of what you’re seeing, there are things all around you. I have a hard time getting started sometimes because I’m looking for something far too perfect. But once I get started painting I realize that, God, I could paint that over there, I could paint that over there, I could paint that over there.
In anticipation of his upcoming show at Phillips Gallery, Ann Poore talks with Earl Jones about art, life and revolution in the October 2014 edition of 15 Bytes.