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Our contemporary New Forest artist Barry Peckham ROI is proving to be a worthy successor to a notable line of New forest painters. He seems to have taken the strengths of these artists and used them to build his own style and character. Characteristics such as confident brushstrokes, hazy backgrounds and powerful sky's combined with his understanding of horse movement and their anatomy can all be seen in Peckham's work. His love of the forest with its vegetation and traditions liken him to the forest artists before him.
Amongst these artists are John Emms (1841-1912) an animal and sporting artist who painted riding, hunting and dog scenes. Arthur Batt (1846-1911) a Brockenhurst artist who started painting forest and rural views and then moved on to animal studies especially donkeys. Similar to Peckham, Frederick Golden Short (1863-1936) a keen painter of woodland, open forest and occasional coastline scenes, traveled extensively across the forest to capture his scenes. Lucy Kemp-Welch (1869-1958) a talented horse painter preferred the natural horse to the thoroughbred which is also notable in Peckham's landscape scenes.