TALENTED ARTIST: Toowoomba mum Amy Wood (nee Slack) still maintains a strong connection with the Gayndah community.
TALENTED ARTIST: Toowoomba mum Amy Wood (nee Slack) still maintains a strong connection with the Gayndah community. Contributed

Local mum behind huge success of kids TV show

THERE is nothing in south-east Queensland that makes children more excited than to hear Blue Gum Farm TV is going on a live tour.

Meet the woman who's work is behind the live performance.

Amy Wood has literally painted the backdrop to the show; an enormous tapestry featuring eucalyptus trees, cattle, and a small homestead with a corrugated tin roof.

"It took up the whole garage floor for more days than it should have," Mrs Wood said.

"I'm really happy with how it turned out, it took quite a while but it's pretty cool.

"I'm very familiar with (creator Cilla Perhouse's) themes and what she tries to convey."

And so she should be. Mrs Wood (nee Slack) is Mrs Pershouse's sister.

"She's a source of inspiration, she encourages me a lot," Mrs Wood said.

 

Blue Gum Farm TV performing in front of the backdrop painted by Amy Wood (nee Slack).
Blue Gum Farm TV performing in front of the backdrop painted by Amy Wood (nee Slack). Contributed

Aside from the live performance backdrop, Mrs Wood has also previously created illustrations for episodes of Blue Gum Farm TV.

Mrs Wood, who moved from Gayndah around 15 years ago, lives in Toowoomba with her husband and two young sons, but she has maintained strong ties with her hometown.

She is particularly involved with the School House Potters, and is helping with the club's upcoming convention in September.

She said she wants to help the club become more "prominent" in Gayndah.

Aside from pottery, she is also a talented acrylic painter, winning that section at the Roma Easter in the Country art show earlier this year.

"I've always enjoyed it since I was little," she said.

Mrs Wood said she had drifted away from art when her children were little, but now they are older, she's "really taking the opportunity to get stuck in and improve even more".

Mrs Pershouse said she was "incredibly proud" to have her sister's art in her shows.

"I think it adds a wonderful depth of character and reinforces the theme of the program," she said.

"It's also wonderful to see the look of surprise on people's faces (when they remark on how much they like the backdrop) that it was hand painted by my very own sister."

Blue Gum Farm TV, filmed at Blue Gum Gully near Gayndah, is a children's program aimed at pre-schoolers which follows the fascinating adventures of life in the Australian Outback, featuring music, animals, cooking and farm activities like milking cows and harvesting vegetables.

 

Live performances of TV show are held all over Queensland.


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