George was my father-in-law. I did this portrait of him after he died. He was a very special person. He worked in Greenwich power station all his life where he developed very strong muscular arms. He lived through 2 world wars.
As a Naval Cadet in the 1st World War he carried messages on foot from Greenwich to London and back for the young Churchill. During the 2nd World War he was an Air Raid Warden.
He fed his family from his garden keeping chickens, growing vegetables, flowers and fruit. I learned a lot about gardening and politics from him. I sculpted him in his gardening clothes as that is how I like to remember him.
The mother dances with her two children but she is also is endlessly tied to them in a graceful circle of movement. She bends over them protectively but their weight also causes her to stoop. It symbolizes the continuous bond between parent and children in an unbroken endless moving circle.
This represents the life force moving upwards towards the light. The female form moves into the male form which moves into a form which could be lovers entwined or the new bud on a flower just opening, symbolizing the process of new life being created.