Originally from Lanarkshire, Janet now lives in East Lothian and works from a studio in her home. She had been an Arts and Crafts teacher for many years before focusing on the development of her own work. This led to her studying painting with The Open College of the Arts and further studying Abstract Painting and Figurative Painting at Leith School of Art.
Now, painting full time, her main theme is Scottish dancers. She uses mixed media and vibrant colours aiming to capture the unique look of tartan and the joyful exuberance and movement of the dancing. Working from sketches and photographs, taken while attending Scottish dancing events, she creates a sense of nostalgia while putting a modern twist on these ancient, traditional dances.
Her paintings can be seen in many galleries in Scotland and are currently being used to illustrate The Annual Review for The Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society, which has a worldwide membership.