Their obsessions were important in as far as they acted as blinders, that over time allowed these artists to continue to clarify their points of view and, in essence, become more and more themselves. What’s valued is not so much their talent or skill, though they do have plenty; what’s valued is more the perspective through which that talent and skill is expressed.

Jack Cheng on Obsessive Artists
Ross Zurowski

Love that — obsessions are powerful when they let you focus and clarify. The tortured self is a terrible way to think about it.