Over the last 6 years, my work has been based on the Char/Trout species, specifically, their markings. Pattern, design, and color are essential in the natural world. No where is this more evident, and manifested more elegantly, than the Char/Trout species, in existence for over a million years, described eloquently by Cormac McCarthy in The Road:
"There once were brook trout streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculite patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not to be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery”.