The inspiration for our cow came from our parents Tom & Kaye Williams and their passion for home (Morrinsville) and travel and cows. Tom was particularly mad about his cows and it was uncommon for any cow in his herd not to have a name to match their personality. Tom passed away in December 2012 followed by Kaye in October 2014. The family felt that a vibrant and colourful cow in their name in their hometown was a fantastic way to honour and remember them. They were enthusiastic supporters of the local community and put a lot into various activities and fundraisers. Our cow features lots of images and symbols of far flung places as Tom & Kaye were real adventurers at heart and their intrepid travels led them all over the world. As much as they loved to travel, they also loved to come home to Morrinsville where they were born and raised.
Janet Barratt originally trained as a draughtsman for the National Coal Board in England. She immigrated to New Zealand in 1986 with her husband, Tom. After having a family she graduated from Wintec in 2004 with a Bachelor of Media Arts, majoring in Painting and Sculpture, followed by a Diploma in Teaching in 2005. She taught primary school for five years but is now following her passion and painting full time and running “The Garage Studio” in Omokoroa. Barratt has exhibited throughout New Zealand in both solo and group shows. Her works can be found in both private and corporate collections in New Zealand, England, America, Germany, China, Dubai and Australia.View website