Janie was born in Los Angeles but has always been more engaged by nature than the bustling city. In 1991, she moved to the Pacific Northwest where life evolved toward a draw to nature and its wonders; in addition to a strong attachment to hearth and home. Kayaking, hiking, raising chickens, and creating a naturalist backyard garden that boasts constant bird, bee and hopping wildlife have provided ongoing inspiration. Snorkeling and scuba diving in tropical waters lead to an appreciation of the endless colors and movement of ocean wildlife.
Janie’s work as an acute care nurse practitioner in vascular surgery gave her the opportunity to grow in her compassion for others. She learned to manage their wounds while giving them the healing distractions of conversation and laughter. She now operates a mobile foot care service to clients’ homes in her community part time. This holistic approach in her care of patients carries through all aspects of her life and art.
Her experiences of nature, both above and below the sea, have informed Janie’s craft. She strives to express the beauty of the natural world through glass art forms including fusing, mosaic, and flameworking. In addition to the soulful joy of translating a vision in her mind’s eye through fire and glass into a piece of art to behold, she has a