"My life now is quiet and serene....Mostly, though, I work. In the last five years I've been most productive. It's as if -- and I hate to even think this -- now that I'm alone, I can really do it, really achieve. Strange, isn't it? But I'm getting along in age, and I won't be able to paint much longer. Maybe I'm doing all I'm doing because I feel there's not much time left. I never was a mother, you know, so I never left a string of people. But I think leaving a string of paintings is not a bad thing to do. "
— Gruen, John. “Among the Sacred Monsters.” Art News 87, no. 3 (March 1988), p. 182.