Janice liked drawing at school, using colours and painting. When she came to Yinjaa-Barni in 2006 she found it hard to paint at first. She said, ‘I learnt to look at all sorts of different art and how different artists expressed themselves. Then one day I was sitting in the art centre at the back of the church and something came to me. My eyes fell onto the animals and the patterns on the them, and I felt I could use those patterns as a base for paintings. I have gradually learnt to communicate using colour and to integrate animal and land colours that symbolize our paintings, that tie back to our elders, and to their stories and to how proud they used to be about their country. I love using lovely bright colours. And I love painting. it relaxes me, and reduces stress.”
Janice tries lots of different materials in her work; sponges, different size brushes etc, to bring out a variety of patterns. She now lives in Karratha with her husband and family. She has two sons, one daughter and one grandson and is the youngest sister of Allery and Aileen Sandy. She has recently been offered work two days a week at the Pegs Creek Primary School.