James writes in response to Freedom of Thought, 6/10/00:
This work you describe sounds far too allegorical and pedantic to be taken seriously… however in the absence of the actual image it is difficult to comment on much further. You make no comments on the work’s brush work (I am assuming that it has been painted), how the manner of its execution works in harmony with the iconography and symbolism, nor is the work put in the context of other artists or movements that the artist has been influenced by or is currently working alongside. This would go a long way to giving the work and your writing greater credibility.
You are describing something in a vacuum… a one of visual interpretation of the painting, something almost any of us could do. What you need to do for a reader is put the work into a context… either personal (the background and intent of the artist)… or social (the context of the time, place and circumstances in which it was produced)…. this is something the artist often cannot do… but which a viewer may wish to know to more deeply understand the work.