the fur and mane remind me of milky way another mare I've always seen as a good candidate for a motherly figure/nursery pony. the expression is really touching as well the way she beams with pride at her bundle of joy.
yeah i noticed it after that picture popped up twice in my deviant stack. the commissioner had good taste putting her as a motherly figure. I've always loved seeing her like this and you indeed did a wonderful job with her.
I love how the foal instinctively is "being" fed while the mother is looking at him very kindly. I always found the whole concept of motherhood to be very beautiful. Whether be from animals(like dogs, cats, ect) to people.