In the 1960s I was interested in metaphysical symbology such as found in alchemical and Gnostic engravings. The precision, careful delineation, and hatched modeling of German Renaissance prints, typical of such artists as Durer and Altdorfer, inspired my drawing style for the period.
My discovery of William Blake’s text and illustrations for his Marriage of Heaven and Hell allowed me to, perhaps presumptuously, choose this as a vehicle for a series of work that would combine my metaphysical and technical interests.
Several of these pieces also celebrated my enjoyment of the rural Tennessee landscape, although it was often interrupted by dystopian elements. The series was developed into a book later published in 1972.