All Barbara Franklet ever wanted to be was an artist. But life’s not that simple.
Before launching her career in 1999, she slung whiskey, taught wild and woolly adolescents and did a stint in advertising. Barbara began her career as a printmaker, but has branched into oil pastels and mixed media. Her work hangs throughout the world – including several children’s hospitals and the Fort Worth Library collection. In January 2008, Barbara moved from Houston, Texas to Nelson, and that September she opened Mockingbird Studio.
Barbara’s work translates everyday life into quirky images celebrating simple pleasures –biking, gardening or hanging out with friends. Influences range from Marc Chagall to Maurice Sendak. She loves folk art, outsider art and illustration. In the end, Barbara is a fan of good design and composition. These images are oil pastels. Drawn onto black paper she uses the finest Holbein and Sennelier pastels.