"A realist today must deal with the threat of the bomb, extraordinary materialist and Philistine values, a hypocritical government, and a generally vulgar environment. Consequently, the subject matter of a realist painter must capture the feeling of isolation, the tension of nothing happening. The suspended animation. The frozenness one feels when confronted with this environment." --JR
Gallup Still Life, 1993. "Sometimes Cathy (his wife) and I would go to the Museum of Modern Art to look at the paintings during lunch. One time I remember telling her that if only I could paint one good picture, I might be happy." In 1972, shortly after his 33rd birthday, he simply walked out of a meeting, away from his job and into the life of an artist.