Janet Powers began her professional life as a nurse, but shortly after completing that degree she began studies in art. She lived in Myrtle Beach, SC, started a needlework design company, and developed an international reputation as a talented designer. In the 1970s, she attended art classes at Coastal Carolina University and thereafter studied with many nationally known teachers. She is affiliated with galleries on the South and East coasts, and has exhibited at the Brenda Taylor Gallery in NYC. Her work is included in many private and corporate collections, has won numerous awards, and has been widely exhibited.

Powers began as a watercolorist, and has worked with clay, textiles, papermaking, print making, and needle art designs. She evolved to using mixed media and collage on paper, fabric and canvas, finding an increased interest in assemblages and constructions.

Powers recent work consists of coastal marsh scenes painted in oil on canvas, paper and board. The paintings portray a mood usually depicting the subtle (and not so subtle) drama of early morning, or late afternoon light. She currently teaches two plein air workshops a year in the Brunswick area.