09/09/2013 05:30 pm ET

Matthew Couper on the ImageBlog

'Burden', 2012, oil on canvas, 58" x 46", private collection, Hamilton, New Zealand.
Upcoming Exhibition: Matthew Couper: Recent Devotional Paintings.

“Thirty-eight years old and he was finished. He sipped at the coffee and remembered where he had gone wrong -- or right. He'd simply gotten tired … He'd gotten tired and quit, that's all … He had nothing, and he found out that having nothing was difficult too. It was another type of burden. If only there were some gentler road in between. It seemed a man only had two choices -- get in on the hustle or be a bum.”― Charles Bukowski, 'South of No North'.