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    A New Forest Cattle Drive

    Back in October 2018 I was asked by a commoner friend if he could commission a large oil painting. He has a large herd of cattle which run on the Forest that had to come in for TB testing. This meant driving them back to his farm on horseback. Of course I leapt at the chance as it is very rare to see quite so many cattle being driven across open forest and a great opportunity for a painting. Photos of the drive The view he wanted was from a vantage point near Burley overlooking the valley and the disused railway line. We knew this should work well as the…

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    Rutting Fallow Bucks

    In 2016 I received a commission from a New Forest Keeper for an oil painting of rutting fallow bucks. Getting up very early one morning to try and film scenes of the annual fallow rut in his quiet corner of the forest with his video recorder, he was especially thrilled to have successfully captured the scene with a rare white buck. He asked for the painting to be set in the exact spot where he had witnessed the rut taking place. I took a selection of stills from the videos and put together an autumn scene incorporating most of the large herd, including the many males that had gathered there.…

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    A Celebration of Commoning

    Painted to Commemorate 100 years of the Commoners Defence AssociationThis picture was produced as part of the celebration of the centenary year of the New Forest Commoners Defence Association. It was sold by auction at the 2009 New Forest Show, with all proceeds to the NFCDA. The watercolour depicts a drift scene on South Weirs, Brockenhurst and is surrounded by pencil sketches depicting various aspects of commoning life. The top section represents the administrative bodies of commoning.Starting in the top left corner: Agisters of the past, Jesse Taylor, Charles Evemy, and Albert Evemy. The Verderers Court, overseeing the commoning community, then modern day faces, retired Head Agister, Brian Ingram, current…