As Manchess began crafting a story that occurs in a distant future on Earth, he also wondered how creatures might adapt to a global freezing. In Above the Timberline, polar bears seem to have fared well, although tropical rhinoceroses appear to have evolved with thick coats of fur in order to survive.
"Many of my students ask, 'How is it that you get [a painting] to feel like it's moving?' A lot of that is in the kinetics of the strokes. But the strokes aren't all going the same direction and they're not all the same level of stroke."