Background – Why a sheep?|
I was born in the Wairarapa, surrounded by sheep. We had a lamb as a pet and we took it to school on pet day.
Sheep in the paddock often stop and do a full-face stare.
When I worked with adults on gaining confidence with presentation skills, I drew on the imagery of the stance and
eye contact of a sheep. There is no lack of self-confidence. The sheep’s whole stance says,”I’m a sheep”.
The background is a mixture of paint and glued thin papers. The sheep’s outline is a combination of acrylics, chalk
I painted the place names of my childhood – where we went to swim, where our friends had farms, where we went for
drives as a family.
By this means I grounded my sheep, and me, firmly in the Wairarapa landscape.
When I was asked to take my presentation skills training method to a marae, I used my sheep painting as a visual
aid for my whakapapa.