Born in Co Durham Janis studied at Newcastle upon Tyne School of Art Foundation Course specialising in sculpture, and Exeter College of Art, BA Fine Arts. She began her career with an exhibition at LYC Museum and Art Gallery Cumbria. Moving to Devon her work was painting and drawing, with a solo show at Exe Gallery in 1983 and showing at Beaux Arts, Bath. She received a South West Arts Award in 1983.
In 1998 she became a member of Royal Society of Sculptors. Her bronze sculptures were shown in London at McHardy Sculpture Company, Bath Arts Fair and Hampton Court 1999. Since 1999 Janis has gained an international reputation through her sculpture. Her work is regularly exhibited at the London, Hong Kong , New York and London Art Fairs. Showing work with Edgar Modern, Bath, Josie Eastwood Gallery, Hampshire, Stour Gallery, Coombe Gallery Dartmouth
,Alan Kluckow Gallery, Moncrieff-Bray Gallery ,Otomys Gallery Tetbury and The Sculpture Park Farnham. She demonstrated sculpture making at Art in Action Oxford for three years.
In the South West commissions can be seen in Exeter Cathedral, Unfolding Love University of Exeter, Stargazer, Topsham Millennium Sculpture, Spirit of Youth, and at Matara, Kingscote Park, Gloucestershire, Isness. Croft School, Stratford upon Avon. In South Korea, Bundang Memorial Park 2017 Rugged Angel and 12 sculptures.
Her work is held in many public and private collections throughout the world in France Hong Kong Germany Netherlands USA New Zealand South Korea and UK.