Excerpts from a conversation with Hiro Yokose:
"When I start painting I try not to think too much. It's like air or a cloud - there is no shape. If I were to chase my imagination, I would probably never finish, never even start a painting. Imagination is always changing and so I don't want to start with a particular image. I just put color onto the canvas and discover what it's going to be - perhaps a landscape, perhaps a flower, perhaps an abstract."
"I was a commercial artist in Japan, but I found it to be very boring and tiring. When I came to New York, I went to many museums and galleries and I was shocked. I saw black paintings and white paintings and I wondered what I was doing with my own work."
Regarding the process:
"Paint and wax, paint and wax, paint and wax. I'm not sure how many times. Some paintings have five or even six layers, others less."
"The last coat is very precarious. I only have one chance - I cannot fail or the painting is ruined."
"If people like a painting, then it must have spoken to them, probably in a language of its own that we don't use. I'm a painter; I just paint."