Janet grew up in Quincy, MA, a suburb of Boston, with a twin sister and 2 other siblings. Like so many artists, she was attracted to drawing at an early age and recalls following step-by-step with Captain Bob on television. After winning several awards in high school including the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards contest, Janet went on to pursue her passion at Emmanuel College in Boston as an art major. While volunteering at the local Children’s Hospital her junior year, Janet offered to paint a mural in the Emergency ward. With the aid of grant money, Janet went on to paint nearly 20 murals for the hospital.
After graduating from Emmanuel with a BA degree in fine art, Janet realized like many fine artists that career opportunities were limited so she decided to pursue her interest in murals and became an apprentice sign painter. After a 3-year apprenticeship working for the International Brotherhood of Sign Painters and Allied Trades lettering billboards, windows, trucks etc., she became the first female licensed union sign painter in Boston.
After getting married in 1981, Janet started her own business providing design, lettering and illustration services to a variety of corporate clients including ad agencies, architects and real estate developers as well as film & television production companies. She worked as a graphic designer for several feature films including Mermaids, Second Sight, and Stanley and Iris and in 1989 Janet received an Emmy Award for her design work on the TV special I’ll be Home for Christmas, starring Hal Holbrook and Courtney Cox.
Janet also pursued her interest in book illustration, taking courses at the Art Institute of Boston. Children’s book illustrations became the focus of her art over the next decade. Her illustrations in the book Sophie and the City were nominated for the Golden Kite Award in 2007 and were presented in a solo exhibition at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA.
Over the last several years, Janet has refocused her painting toward fine art. Her imagery explores the nostalgic beauty of city and country life always dominated by her witty compositions and exquisite attention to detail. Her paintings evoke stories of everyday life and capture sentimental memories of a simpler time and a seemingly disappearing culture.