This trunk of a cherry tree had several branches and lots of ant tracks. Before I could start carving the forms of my choice, I have to eliminate all the areas that are unable to hold a solid form: areas of decay, moisture or larvae channels. I was aware that the cherry tree has warm red heartwood and lighter, softer sapwood.
I utilized both inherent colorants and line temperaments of the cherry trunk and the swelling and depressions between the branches. The soft, tactile feel of the trunk reminded me of the flowing contour of a female torso.