In a 1992 interview, Claire Fejes talked about her painting life:
"The early Japanese painters would absorb a landscape and live there and look at it, the essence of it, and then they would maybe paint it in an hour. But they knew it. They had absorbed it. Maybe they’d written poetry about it.
"And early in my life I had felt that was right; that’s the way painting should be. No teacher ever told me that. It’s just something that I felt, and that was good to my nature, and belonged to me, this way of painting.