''.......This is a maquette done for a life-size piece and it explores an aspect of the leopard. Leopards spend a lot of time in trees during the day, just relaxing and watching the day pass. They are absolutely fluid, soft, relaxed, almost moulded around the trees. But at the same time the posture belies their alertness, and within a fraction of a second they can turn from this relaxed, soft being into a powerful, fierce animal. I am fascinated by this contrast and it is something I have experienced in all cats, even in domestic cats. In this composition the twists in the branch, the movement of the bark around the branch, echoes itself in the twist and the sinuousness of the leopard's body.''