How Does Your Garden Grow

Barbara Franklet
How Does Your Garden Grow 2019
oil pastel, 76 x 56cm
Click here to see more of Barbara’s work, and follow her on Facebook and Instagram. You can also visit Barbara at her Mockingbird Studio at 6 Nile Street Nelson. Check her website to contact her beforehand.

The original painting, How Does Your Garden Grow, is now in a private collection, although it is available as a greeting card.

What a joy to see my lady of the garden biking the sunny streets of Nelson with her furry friend Buster!

Barbara Franklet

Mockingbird Studio in sunny Nelson is the home to artist Barbara Franklet. Working in a variety of mediums, Barbara’s artwork draws inspiration from friends, family and folk tales.

Barbara works in a variety of mediums. Her oil pastels are drawn onto Arches Black Cover paper using Sennelier and Holbein oil pastels. Her mixed media work uses materials such as old photos, books, drawings and paintings.

All I ever wanted to be was an artist. Of course, life’s not that simple. So, before launching my career in 1999, I slung whiskey, taught wild and woolly adolescents, and even did a stint in advertising. My BA in journalism is rarely put to good use, but I still like spinning a yarn and reading The New York Times.

My work translates everyday life into whimsical and lively images. I love folk art, Outsider Art, lowbrow and illustration. My images celebrate life’s small pleasures – be it working in the garden, riding a bike or hanging out with good friends.

Barbara Franklet

Many thanks to Thompson Property Group – this door is the entrance to five apartments, available for short-term rent. We love that visitors to Nelson are walking through some artwork!

Installation Details

93-97 Hardy St, entrance to TPG Apartments


Many thanks to the property owner and tenant for being part of ArtDoors.

ArtDoors Whakatū/Nelson is a joint project by Make/Shift Spaces and Arts Council Nelson