Kathy Winkler Studio
There is a folk song called “Another Ewe”, that is actually about a ram seeking out the next Ewe.
The Navajo Churro sheep have been in North America since 1538, when Hernando Cortez brought the first of this species to his hacienda near Mexico City.
The introduction of the Churro to the Navajo people of the Southwest has been noted as ‘revoutionary’, because these settlers relied on the Churros for food and fiber and developed the reknown Rio Grande weaving style. The Churros built up slowly for nearly 150 years increasing their impact on Navajo lives to be of equal importance to farming, resulting in the ‘churra’ being the dominant genotype in Navajo flocks.
In addition to solid white, and brown and black spots on the ears and face and around the eyes, there are also solid color variations of black, brown and gray. This lovely Churro is white, except for the splash of color on her face and around her eyes. Of all the Churros at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, she was the most inquisitive and not at all bashful about coming up to me and staring at me with those beautiful, translucent green eyes. It certainly enabled me to study her face at great lengths and catch the expression in her eyes and simply her whole demeanor. I loved painting her.