The publicity "put him on the map in a huge way," Harrison said, noting he sold $4,000 in paintings soon after the article appeared. "He called a plumber, shingled the house, paid off the mortgage. They were normal people except for the fact they were artistic geniuses. Other than that they lived a normal life."
Pollock, who descended into a deep alcoholic haze and may have suffered from depression or other mental illness _ he was never properly diagnosed, says Harrison _ was having an affair with artist Ruth Klingman at the time of his death in August 1956.