Scroggs Hill

Still out and about – places I should have been but haven’t because of the weather… I’m getting soft!  Next painting trip is Wellington so if anybody wants to meet up and discuss paintings, please email me.

St Bathans

The Blue Lake, St Bathans, 2010. There are always stories associated with painting on location.In this painting trip…… it was hot,(notice the shade tent). A group of people decided it was cool to jet ski,(bang! went the reflections). A wedding,( on the exact spot I was painting). Yes I did finish it.

Shades of maharajah at St Bathans


Standing beside my ‘Young Beech trees on Rowallan Road’ painting.

 Speaking about my paintings to interested exhibition visitors.



Tractors, tractors, tractors!!!!


Some places that I find to paint in I keep quiet about, untill I have finished a body of paintings. This is one such place. So sorry, you will have to wait til I get tractors out of my system this winter, weather permitting of course.

Art Lovers’ Luncheon – Southland Arts Festival

As part of this festival I was asked to speak about my life as an artist to 100 hungry people. ‘Remember the art that you buy doesn’t have to match your curtains, your lounge suite or your carpet – it will outlive them all!! ‘ This being part of my talk, I am available for guest speaking at functions etc for a small fee to cover travel and time.

Guest Speaker

Adam Portraiture Award & Exhibition 2010

This painting was accepted for the Adam Portraiture Award and was on show at Shed 11, Queen’s Wharf, Wellington Waterfront. It shows a Murray Grey Stud farmer with one of his breeding cows standing behind him. He is painted on location, in a typical Southland landscape of green paddocks lined with 100 year old macrocarpas. The farmer is wearing his highly valued, prize winning A & P show medal but still remembering the spirit of the stud.

Spring Happenings

\'Sailing Past Harbour Cone\'. Janet de Wagt. 2009

Greetings all, after a very adventurous year, its back to working as a fulltime artist, travelling around the south of New Zealand to the windy raw places, the places we drive by, because it’s too cold to get out of the car.

The ‘Shape of things to Come’ at Gallery De Novo in September just passed was an important exhibition for me in that the mastectomy changed the way I work both mentally and physically. In this show, to bring another dimension to the work, I linked the subject with the area connected to it, eg. Early sailing ships in the Otago Harbour. Also the show illustrates my continuing fascination with my art n mind shapes, this time including ceramic work on the subject of cows and what happens to the environment.

Painting Workshops I’m involved in coming up are Rhododendron Festival, Painting around Lawence, Art in the Gardens at Roxbrough and lots of school residencies. Including Snail Mail postcard exhibition to be held in November at Macandrew Intermediate School. The womens brain injured art group supported by CARA continues to be ongoing.

Have a happy summer…Janet

Back to it.

After the success of the Riverton Dutch Show and James Hargest School shows down south, I’m happy to be back in Dunedin.

Head down bum up. Working on new work for a big exhibition at DeNovo gallery this coming August. Also now available for giving art work shops both here in NZ and over seas.

For overseas people, I can take you on Art Safaries, four wheel driving and painting in those special spots that you would not normally see. Adventures with fun, food, wine and art. Prices to suit your budget.