About Me

Hi – I’m Janet de Wagt – welcome to my website.

I have been a working artist all my life – combining my painting with living and travelling in different parts of the world.

Whilst living in the Northern hemisphere, my subject focus was people and their immediate environments.

For example, markets were a wonderful place to paint, whether in the United Kingdom or North Africa. It was the interaction between people whilst buying, selling, bargaining, etc – that I tried to instil into my paintings – with all the colours of the stalls and the variety of food found there.

My paintings were exhibited widely in Britain – and some were made into postcards, a truly wonderful medium for people to enjoy paintings without having to spend a lot of money.

My community art work continued to enable me to work in many unusual situations and subject areas.

Since my arrival back in New Zealand in 1996, landscapes have been the focus of my work. Because of the overpowering nature of the land, with all the changing colours and forms – people have tended to become irrelevant.

Because again of my community arts work, I have been asked to work in some unusual settings. Particularly with people from rural areas. This has given me the opportunity to paint the landscapes in the extreme south of the South Island, and all that is associated with it.

This cold-weather ‘Southern Belle’ enjoyed the experience and wine of the Black Forest in Germany. Now I’d like to travel back to the Netherlands to paint en plein air on a dyke.
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8 Responses to About Me

  1. Stephen says:

    Just found your site and you will always be my favourite sister in law. Catch you next time im up country.

  2. Judy March says:

    Absolutely fantastic to see what you have achieved since we met in Turkey in the 80’s such a variety of talents Janet keep it up. Love your loose style and colour. Judy

  3. tony cummisky says:

    Janet. Remember me? We met in Dunedein 1996. You took me out for drinks. You had a bakalite exhibition at the museum. I’m scottish if that helps. We both were visiting the same friends!

    • Janet says:

      It’s a sad fact but I’m still collecting plastic but it’s harder to get the more unusual because it’s in a landfill…. It would be great to see you if the flying Scotsman is coming this way!!

  4. IVAN BRENSSELL says:

    Hi Janet, Im completing my BCA( Bachelor of culinary art) and wondered if you had any old photos of the opening we did, way back at the Settlers Museum Plastic Fantastic show. I am able to use old images etc of anything like that done in the past

    Be great to hear from you

    Best Regards
    Ivan Brenssell

  5. Janet says:

    Hi Ivan
    Can you give me some time to have a look for some photos…

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