Detail from ‘Food Fight’, a much larger painting. I have always enjoyed anthropomorphism . . . it probably started when I was a kid enjoying Bugs Bunny, Wind in the Willows, and Beatrix Potter. Later, I was influenced by the writer Cordwainer Smith, who populated his future Earth with any number of “underpeople”, a servant class made from combining human and animal DNA. I went one step further with my own stories and art of a future Earth: humankind was essentially extinct, and the genetically engineered servant races were left to build their own societies and puzzle out the artifacts of their creators.