I do not believe in the notion of the tortured artist. I do however see greatness in artists who have a physical need to create on a daily basis almost as if they were taking medication. They are creating for themselves as a comfort, but in the purity of that action the product becomes a comfort for others.
Art exists to provoke imagination and to show a reality that could be but is not readily viewable to our human eyes
Art exist to connect us with emotions that we may not otherwise find tangible.
I believe that the strongest art is polarizing, provoking either great love or great hatred.