Artist's Biography

Born in Texas, USA in 1963, Barbara Franklet, who is currently living in New Zealand, is a world traveller with her art hung in collections all over the world.

Barbara lived a rich and varied life before embarking on her art career in 1999. As she recounts, she “slung whiskey, taught wild and woolly adolescents and even did a stint in advertising” and well as completing Bachelor of Arts in Journalism before finally doing what she’d always wanted to do, become an artist.

Barbara works spontaneously with pastels and mixed media.  Her process with creating pastels is to first complete an under drawing onto quality black Arches Paper using prismacolor pencils and then finishes the top layer of pastel with more detail and texture using fine grade Sennelier and Holbein oil pastels.

As well as pastels, Barbara also produces collagraphs which are essentially collages of fabrics, organic materials and other found items with interesting textures which she glues to cardboard and then gesso’s to finish the original piece, before then making limited edition prints which are all hand coloured and individually numbered into limited editions.

Her mixed media work also includes old photos, books, drawings and paintings and her eclectic use of mediums reflects her desire to have fun and see what emerges from the grain of an idea.

Barbara’s cheerful style translates the pleasures of everyday life into vibrant, whimsical and lively images. She draws inspiration from friends, family and folk tales.; and her pieces show her love of folk art, Outsider Art, Lowbrow and illustration.

Barbara’s pieces are hung in several children’s hospitals, including Hermann Memorial in Houston, Texas and the Dallas Children’s Hospital. Her pieces can also be found in the Fort Worth Library collection.

Barbara’s pieces are hung in private collections all over the world including Europe, South America, the USA, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Tiffany Jones Fine Art Consultant at Buderim in Queensland is the exclusive Australian supplier of Barbara’s works.