Janis Jo Stevens was born in Buffalo, New York. As a child she loved to draw. As a young adult she relocated to Hardwick, Massachusetts, where she became a regular at craft shows and Renaissance Fairs, doing on-the-spot portraits for posing customers. Concurrently, she attended Worcester State College and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Art, as well as a Masters in Secondary Education.
St. Petersburg, Florida
Janis discovered the burgeoning art scene in St. Petersburg, Florida, while visiting her daughter, Jill Stevens, a resident there. Janis loved the cool dance scene there, and became a regular dancer at the famous Gulfport Casino dance hall in the St. Petersburg suburb of Gulfport, Florida. She also frequented the Contra Dances in the area. Ultimately, she fell in love with the area and, along with her husband, decided to relocate there. She now maintains residences both in Gulfport, Florida and Key West, Florida with Gulfport becoming her primary studio.