Janet was born in Anninie, living a traditional life with her family. She was taught by her aunts the traditional body paint designs for her Dreaming.
Janet began to paint her traditional designs and Dreamings on canvas and board in 1989, when they became available in her community. She saw this as an important way of teaching people about her culture.
In 2003 after a period of apprenticeship and women’s law she was given permission by the Warlpiri elders to paint stories about Ngapa (of Water Dreaming). In these paintings Janet depicts the underground water flow at Warntapari. It is a place where ceremonies are performed. In her paintings she uses traditional iconography to represent soakages in the land. Her paintings are detailed with intricate dotting which flows across the canvas. She uses a topographical view of the land to connect the water soakages and the travelling that her ancestors had to make to ensure their survival and access to water.
Other subjects of Janet’s artworks include Ngapa, Witchetty Grub, Snake, Frog, Women’s Ceremony and Seed Dreaming. For Warlpiri women from Central Australia during ceremonies to pay homage to the ancestors the women will paint their upper bodies, arms and breasts with markings in ochre paste. The markings themselves symbolise the actions of the ancestors.
Janet also works as a linguist and literacy worker in her community. This background means that she aims to tell a story through her works and has developed a unique means of doing so.
Janet’s work has featured in a number of exhibitions and is included in many important collections.
1998, Parker Gallery, Sydney
1998, "Out Of Australia" Exhibition, Lui Hai-Su National Art Museum, Shanghai, China.
1998, Aboriginal Art Galleries, Melbourne
1998, Aboriginal Desert Art Gallery, Alice Springs
1999, Jinta Desert Art Gallery, Sydney
1999, a one-person exhibition, Sydney's Chifley Square.
1999, United Nations, New York, USA
2001, Landesmuseum für Natur und Mensch, Oldenburg - Nacht derMuseen,-Brit's Art & Promotion Quellenhof-Dorint Hotel, Aachen - EU-Australia Coal Conference - Brit's Art & Promotion,
2002, Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Köln - Brit's Art & Promotion "Jinta Jungu" ,
Museum für Naturkunde, Zentralinstitut der Humbold-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin - Brit's Art & Promotion, Leere & Vision, Herford - Brit's Art & Promotion art - communication, Vodafone, Ratingen,
2002, TOAAC Gallery, Brisbane, QLD, Solo exhibition.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Australian Embassy, New York
Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia.