'When the Emperor stag was shot on Exmoor in 2010 that same raw part of me was touched. I just knew I had to paint him. How else could I express my respect for such a wonderful creature? After all, I am an artist and painting is my language. I wanted to celebrate his life, his energy, his presence. How could someone wilfully shoot such a handsome beast? What right did they have? So I painted him in all his glory, with his fourteen point antlers and nine-foot stature. A testament to nature at its most magnificent.'
The Emperor Stag 280cm x 180cm Oil paint on canvas