No matter how many diversions I take, I expect that I'll always return
to this style. It's the main body of my work and is my favorite
kind of art: symbolic art. Metaphors, allegories, parables,
whatever you want to call them, I enjoy creating them immensely.
There's a long literary history of looking to nature for symbols of human existence:
the metaphysical and romantic poets, Housman, Hopkins, Whitman, Frost, Ackerman
and on and on. It was not until I had been making these paintings
for 7 years or so that I realized I was creating art in the fashion I had studied
as an English major, but creating metaphors with pictures instead of words.