I live in Northport and have been painting for 30+ years. I always liked what Georgio Morandi, the Italian still-life artist, had to say about the craft. Down through those years it has been for me a guiding light:
"I suppose I remain a believer in art for art's sake, rather than art for the sake of religion, social justice or national glory. Nothing is more alien to me than art which sets out to serve other purposes than those implied in the work of art itself"