Animal Allegories

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.   

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