Janet was born on the cliffs of West Cornwall and their drama is the theme of many of her paintings. After an MA at Somerville College, Oxford, she lived, painted and exhibited in many countries, following, with her family, her then husband's work in the oil industry. She is a member of the Royal Watercolour Society, which she served six years as Vice-President, and was for many years on the Council of the Chelsea Arts Society.
The theme of the Eastern Front in WWII has inspired much of her work since 2004 and has led to books and regular exhibitions in both the UK and Russia (The series "Russia's Hero Cities" was exhibited first at the Russian Embassy, London, for Russian Victory Day, May 2005, and at Prince George Galitzine Library, St Petersburg). Another subject has been the great Russian poet Anna Akhmatova (exhibited first in Pushkin House, London in 2007). These are the Russian themes exhibited here, and which will be shown as part of a symposium on Poets and Power under Soviet Rule to be held at Moffat, Scotland, at the Moffat House Hotel 21 – 23 October 2016.
Since the age of seventeen Janet has thought of herself as European, and one theme has been a truly lifelong inspiration: The Romanesque architectural language for the whole of Europe. It has led her to paint in different countries where she has found the same Romanesque arch as the architectonic motif underlying the Christian culture of Europe (theme first exhibited at the Piers Feetham Gallery, London 2005) and with a new series shown recently at Norwich Cathedral.
Janet's Cornish landscapes are often swept by wild weather, but she has also painted in Egypt and India where her watercolours are particularly responsive to different qualities of light and climate. Some work of recent years gives expression to ideas and feelings which demand a more abstract formal vocabulary. She tries to use the spontaneous and fluid nature of her medium to the utmost, pushing it to the limits of its expressive possibilities.
Other paintings have been her commentary on Matthew Arnold's great poem "Dover Beach which, first published in 1867, still resonates as a mid-Victorian 3-part poem of place, identity and foreboding, about European history and civilisation, which is surprisingly relevant today. This work was exhibited at the prestigious Works on Paper Fair, 2016. There have been publications on all these themes.