I never cared anything at all what other people thought. I always knew I could earn a living doing something else besides painting, so I wasn’t worried. I could just do what I wanted to do, and I didn’t have to care what people thought. Oh, if I’d followed people’s advice it would have been hopeless. That man Bement gave me some very good advice. He told me things to see and do, and he was very helpful. But if I’d really done in painting what he wanted me to do, nobody would ever have thought anything about me.