Artists of Toledo

John Botts

The interest in color is always present. A simple comment might be that where color seems least present, or most lacking in intensity, one finds more color.

If the paintings ‘mean’ anything, they are all landscape. Even where there is no attempt to depict the illusion of real space, they remain images from landscape. I do not make paintings to be anything; they simply emerge as this or that thing. And if the viewer finds nothing but a singular sense of beauty in front of a painting, it would seem to be enough.

There is only a single reason for painting a painting: because one wishes to paint a painting, no more.

–John Botts artist statement for his one-person show at the Toledo Museum of Art, December 1968.