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.
Interrelationships between families are pretty exciting to explore and while not all family conflicts relate to audiences, the fact that conflict can bring together or divide a family in some way impacts us all.