Janet holds a BFA in Communication Design from Parsons School of Design in New York. She has worked for Milton Glaser and Walter Bernard (WBMG), and has held senior art director positions at a number of magazines, including Art & Antiques, Time, and Newsweek.
She began studies in 2004 in the Botanical Illustration certificate program at the New York Botanical Garden in her spare time, while working as an editorial art director and graphic designer for Workman Publishing. In 2009, just short of completing the coursework for the certificate, she relocated to Portland, Oregon, to set up an art department at Tin House Publishing. After leaving the position of art director at Tin House in 2012, she set about finding other botanical artists in and around Portland. She earned the NYBG's certificate in Botanical Illustration in May, 2015.
She is a founder and the current president of Oregon Botanical Artists (OBA) – established in 2012; a member of Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists since 2011; and of ASBA since 2004. Her botanical art has appeared in shows in New York City and St. Michaels, MD.; and in Horticulture Magazine; and is in several private collections.
She currently teaches a series of classes on the fundamentals of botanical drawing, working in graphite and colored pencil, in affiliation with the Oregon Society of Artists and at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. She also gives private lessons.