Someone who is equally enthralled is artist and author Clive Brocklehurst. So much so that pretty much all Clive paints is white hares and writes about them too. Based in Hartland, North Devon, Clive paints watercolours at his appropriately named White Hare Studio.
Clive says, "I have been fascinated by hares for many years. Having an interest in legends and spiritual matters the stories and symbolism that surrounds these creatures continues to inspire me. Through the centuries the hare has been a symbol of the cycle of nature and renewal in cultures all over the world.
"The hare may be a trickster or a fast creative thinker. They have been known to be connected with witches or to be enchanted. The more I read and research the more they appear in different contexts and with different significances.
"In 2009 I painted a picture of a white hare in the moonlight. There are legends surrounding white hares. Sometimes they haunt the breaker of a woman's heart, sometimes they will steal your soul away if you meet them at night. Another has the white hare appearing to warn fishermen in the south west of storms at sea. It was this last story that inspired my first book Assander; the White Hare of Hartland."
You would think by now that visitors to Clive's small gallery in Hartland, White Hare Studio, may have got the message that Clive paints almost exclusively white hares, the clue is in the name, but he did recount a visitor coming in and asking, "Do you paint brown hares?" Clive said, "No, just white hares."
"Well, are you sure you don't do brown hares? I really wanted a brown hare, you definitely haven't got any brown hares?"
"No..." Said Clive, "... I just do white hares, why don't you **** off to the Brown Hare Studio down the road!"
Now, I don't think he really said that but it's probably what he was thinking at the time. So, if you want a picture of a white hare, then Clive's your man. We always keep a stock of Clive's white hare prints here at West Gallery. Oh, and if you want a brown hare, you can... well, actually we have some of them here too!