Edward Hopper — American Artist born on July 22, 1882, died on May 15, 1967

Edward Hopper was a prominent American realist painter and printmaker. While he was most popularly known for his oil paintings, he was equally proficient as a watercolorist and printmaker in etching. Both in his urban and rural scenes, his spare and finely calculated renderings reflected his personal vision of modern American life... (wikipedia)

Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world.
If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.
I find in working always the disturbing intrusion of elements not a part of my most interested vision, and the inevitable obliteration and replacement of this vision by the work itself as it proceeds.
More of me comes out when I improvise.
What I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house.