Situated on the edge of a volcanic crater and
surrounded by the thermal activity of mud pools, geysers and steaming
lakes, Rotorua is a beautiful spiritual setting from which to
produce and teach art and mosaics . I have lived here
for 14 years; originally arriving from the Waikato after a year long working
Our family spent a lot of time at Kinloch, Lake Taupo because we
built a bach there when I was quite young. Volcanic rock collecting ,
fishing, boating, bush walking and swimming have always been an important
part of my life; along with making things out of found objects.
I travel overseas on holidays most years with my adventure loving husband
Graham Hardman who is a Design Engineer and also my Web Designer. I am always really inspired by the art and food that I experience in other
countries; especially Austrailia. Holidays for me are chances to
create visual diaries, collect inspiring ideas for my mosaic work and paintings
and to take lots of photographs.
I have a Bachelor of Arts, a
Certificate in Craft Design Maori, a Diploma in Fine Arts and a Certificate in Adult
My work experience includes Newspaper Advertising, Feature Writing , Marketing, Museum Exhibition Design, Interior
Design, Colour Consulting and Art Teaching. I regularly exhibit with other
professional and emerging artists in solo and group exhibitions.
My paintings and
ceramic sculptures have been represented in New Zealand Galleries and in private
collections both nationally and internationally.
My paintings, assemblages and collages often reflect my response to
my environment. I am really interested in re-cycling and organic gardening
; themes which are recurrent in my work. I also like to create abstract, textural
surfaces in my paintings and on my painted tile work; while incorporating unusual
materials and found objects.
I enjoy teaching a wide range people; I have pupils aged from 6 to 76; they
have wonderful ideas and I
love helping them to build on these. I do not adhere to the
philosophy that it is only "talented " people who can make art.
I think that we all have the power to be creative and to produce wonderful
results but we need to be nurtured and encouaraged and above all we have
to keep on practising. An excellent way to practise is to buy a visual diary and
fill it up.
I enjoy practising to be a children's book illustrator. I often spend
time in the excellent Rotorua Public Library poring over illustrated
childrens books. I have attended a number of courses on this subject and one of my goals is
to actually write and illustrate a children's book before I am 50. I am
also investigating compiling a New Zealand mosaic book.
In the words of Piccasso: "Painting is just another
way of keeping a diary" and "Every child is an artist, the
problem is how to remain one once you grow up".
I am available for commission work and welcome any
queries about art related matters. I hope you enjoy my website; while
finding it informative and useful.
Cheers Janet :)
PS. I love finding
comments in my guest book, so please feel free to write one.