Janis works primarily in transparent watercolor with a traditional watercolor style. She is most interested in subjects that allow her to use large sweeping washes as under-glazes and often paints with a wet into wet style. Using a fine spray bottle of water, the artist mists the composition while continuing to add color and shape. As the composition builds with layers of washes, the use of a continuous spray keeps the edges soft and atmospheric.
Janis lived in Southwestern Pennsylvania for over 20 years and has created many compositions of the flowing Pennsylvania mountains and woods. She also spends a great deal of time in Northern Michigan, painting from the grand landscapes of the north. Her love of crisp winter scenes is a reflection of the beautiful northern Michigan woods.