Born in County Tipperary, Janetta married an officer in the French Fleet Air Arm and lived for some years in France.
She has two children. Her son is the sculptor Laurent Mellet, who currently shows in the Solomon and Cross galleries and the Royal Hibernian Academy. Her daughter, Ashley Mellet, is an actress who lives in London. On the death of her husband, Janetta returned to Ireland with her children and now lives in Dun Laoghaire. She won the Dun Laoghaire Poetry Prize for her work but now devotes most of her time to painting.
She works principally in oils and some pastel. She draws on her country childhood experiences and her knowledge and emotional response to plants, animals and people to imbue her work with life. Janetta believes implicitely that if you want to paint a flower, you must know its natural habitat, the smell of the soil it grows in, its fragrance, colour and texture and also in the old adage “paint what you know”.
She studied under Bob Doupe in Waterford and is a member of the Dublin Art Society, the Park Art Group and the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club.
She has exhibited in James Adams, Whytes, The Beaufield Mews and the Framework Gallery.
Her work includes:
- Still Lifes
She accepts commissions.