Rock Art 2
I was a sheep farmer in the hills north of Raglan for all of my working life and developed a strong affinity for the land. And I learnt that a vital part of being a farmer is to be observant … to notice any changes in the condition of the stock and of the land and pasture. And being observant is a big part of being an artist – to notice and then represent colours, shapes and patterns. Covid lockdowns gave us all chance to slow down and really observe the surroundings of where we were. I spent a lot of time walking on the harbour shore. One day I noticed this piece of rock art which I had to photograph.
I see a man. A hunter. With his arms outstretched, one taking aim and the other about to throw a spear. And I see a tattoo of a dog on the man’s chest.
Lockdown fuelled my imagination!
– Richard Gemmell