Janet Butler began painting while living in central Italy, and she worked with several local artists in various workshops and figure-drawing groups. She was asked to participate in exhibits organized by the art critic Luciano Lepri, which were held in various cities in Umbria and Tuscany. She currently lives in the Bay Area, San Francisco, California, and participates in figure drawing classes and regular exhibitions at the Frank Bette Art Center in Alameda, where she resides. She is also a published poet. Her latest chapbook, Searching for Eden, was recently released by Finishing Line Press.