"It’s a new year, and the Chinese New Year follows close to Spring (hence the other term 春节 – literally Spring Festival). The Peony is one of my all time favorite flowers. I did not manage to include it in my Exploded Flowers series, but I hope with this piece I can do the magnificent flower justice. It is used in Chinese culture to signify Spring, as well as honour and wealth." fqw, Jan 2013.