many of my paintings (which include the
East Hampton, Southern Swamp, and Arctic
series) developed, it became more apparent
to me that in my search for the essence
of the experience of nature, I was using
Nature As Metaphor more and more consciously.
Thus the Leaf as Metaphor Series emerged.
In earlier paintings I had used nature
as metaphors for my interest in the strong
and much maligned women in the Old Testament.
Several of the large diptychs, including
and the paintings SWAMP LILIM RISE,
and HAGAR are vehicles for my
female identification with these “bad”
In the LEAF AS METAPHOR series,
several of the paintings were even more
directly involved in Woman as Nature statements.
The watercolor BIRTHING (the
LEAF AS METAPHOR series) especially
deals with these associations with its
My ecological concerns are also implicit
in these paintings of nature. The sense
of terror and fear of loss along with
the affirmation of re-birth and belonging,
being a part of nature, are among the
experiences of nature that I am attempting
It is finally, the coming to terms with
the awesome sexuality of nature that I
would like to address.