A tradition since medieval times has been the Easter Rabbit or Easter Hare. A folklore figure, the hare has symbolised Easter but more often than not has been represented as an Easter bunny. In German tradition, the hare would judge whether children had been well-behaved or naughty prior to Easter; if they had been good the hare would deliver brightly coloured eggs in a basket.
This Easter spare a thought for farmed rabbits. Rabbits should be free to hop, skip and jump and not forced to spend their entire lives in a cage. Many domestic rabbits also live their lives in ridiculously small hutches; bought as pets, the novelty soon wears off, and after a few weeks the poor animals are left sitting and staring into space for the rest of their miserable lives. As with hares, rabbits need to have plenty of outside space in which to run, skip, and jump; to be able to nibble fresh grass and dig in the soil.
For my artwork, I used as a reference a photograph kindly provided by a friend, John. This is a link to my artwork which is now available as a fine art print Brown Hare Portrait