In the Quarry forest, Richard Metz creates expressive and imaginative paintings and prints that embody what might be the characters/spirits of the forests and fields through which he has wandered. He begins by using the leaf, bud or flower shapes of trees and shrubs, and allowing these shapes to suggest personalities that flowed with these designs. The resulting anthropomorphic images have exaggerated and suggestive emotional states. They are both familiar emotional portraits and strange new hybrid creations. The goal is to start with what is recognizable to humans: faces, and then transport the viewer to a more intense feeling of identification with natural world.