Janet was raised in rural northeastern Pennsylvania where she spent time exploring the woods and meadows, learning to enjoy nature at an early age. She began drawing and painting birds and small mammals while in high school and attended private classes working with pastels. After marriage, she continued to paint but much of her time was devoted to her job and four children. After moving to Virginia she attended seminars at Old Dominion University and Tidewater Community College, as well as those given by private artists.
She frequents parks, beaches, woodland areas and visits Sylvan Duck Avery in Scotland Neck, NC, taking pictures and creating thumbnail sketches of wildlife in their natural habitat. Most of her work is acrylic on various surfaces, but occasionally she uses watercolor, gouache or oils.
She has exhibited her artwork at wildlife art shows for thirty years. She has shown at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk Show, Portsmouth Seawall Art Show, East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival, Currituck Wildlife Festival, and Chincoteague Decoy and Art Show. She has awards for "Best in Show" as well as numerous "Second Place" and "Purchase Awards."