"The Flower Picker" (walking through a landmine field) is the story of a young girl picking flower in a landmine field.
The carving may also be considered a metaphor, about life being similar to a minefield, both physically and mentally.
To explain a little about the carved material, whilst living in the Fens, East Anglia, I came across Bog Oak and decided to use the medium for this sculpture, due to it’s qualities (these include, no grain, hardness, blackness) plus, the unusualness of this wood.
Buried in peat bogs and preserved from decay by the surrounding conditions, when dug up, it might thousands of years old.
The wood is usually a naturally deep black colour.
This carving is from a collection of about 30 works, which I carved whilst living in the Fens during the 1990's.
Half of these sculptures sold at exhibitions, the others have been in my private collection until now, when I have decided to offer them for sale.
Bog Oak ----- a fossilized wood, that is probably thousands of years old