Adaptation, n., 1. A change in structure, function, or form that
produces better adjustment of an animal or plant to its
2. (Sociology) a gradual change in behavior to conform to the
prevailing cultural patterns.
Throughout life, "everyman" confronts adversities and deals
with each one individually. Some can be overcome by
perseverance. What cannot be resolved requires "everyman" to
change his approach to life in some way, large or small, continually
blending himself into a new future.
"Everyman's" very existence depends on how successfully he is at
assimilating these changes and going on.
Wolves are the best metaphor for this painting. These wolves
have taken on a chameleon-like change to blend with their altered
surroundings. From extinction to reintroduction in
Yellowstone, these elusive creatures continually adjust to each
facet of their ever-changing environment, as "everyman" does to his.