Janet Barratt

I always knew that I would immigrate; I didn’t always know that I wanted to paint! This was something I discovered in my late 20’s. After leaving school I trained as a draughtsman with the National Coal Board in the UK.

After the last big miners strike in 1984 I immigrated to New Zealand with my husband and dog. I worked in a veterinary clinic for a year; I eventually started my own business as a contract draughtsman, working with mining companies. I then discovered painting...joined a group to learn how to do it and I’ve not looked back. When my son was seven and with the support of my husband I went back to college. Being a middle aged, full time student was fantastic. I completed a Bachelor of Media Arts, majoring in painting and sculpture, throwing in a lot of photography for good measure! My works during that time became loose, more abstract. As the years have past I find that I am reverting back to my draughting days and my images are becoming more focused and precise, except for the colours!

I liked the student life, so I continued. I completed a postgraduate teaching diploma gaining a full time teaching position at a local primary school. Teaching was fun. Now retired from teaching I work full time in my studio, my main influences being Andy Warhol, David Hockney and Roy Lichtenstein. I have works in major corporate and private collections both within New Zealand and overseas. I was sponsored to complete two life-sized cows for the Herd in Morrinsville, Waikato. I get out of bed each morning knowing that the day will be a good one because I can pick up and use a paintbrush!

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