When I painted this I had just come back from a trip to Kanchanaburi to see the 'Bridge over the river Kwai' and 'Devil's pass'. Devil's pass if you've never been there cuts right through a mountain, it's littered with memorials and poppies for those who died (including a lot of Thai) there, poppies everywhere put there by people from all over the world, it's a striking place and I don't think anyone could walk through it without shedding a tear or two.
I went with my partner, until then I didn't understand the horrors of war,
my partner asked me to paint something with Poppies as it was near November 11th Remembrance Sunday.
I did some research and was taken back by the terrible scenes in the trenches and knew thats what I wanted to paint but wasn't sure where the Poppies came in, then it came to me they represent all those that didn't make it over the trenches or fell climbing over, young men cut down in their prime, there's a tear or two of mine amongst those poppies.
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