Janis Ridley was born in Co. Durham near the border with Northumberland. She studied sculpture at Newcastle upon Tyne School of Art on Foundation course and completed a BA Hons in Fine Art at Exeter College of Art . She became a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 1998. She has taught part -time at Newcastle upon Tyne school of Art University of Exeter and adult master classes.
Since 1996 she has focused on sculpture, making public and private commissions and exhibiting in galleries London Art Fairs and sculpture parks. She has been involved in Art in Action in Oxford for the past three years. Her work is in many private collections in the UK, France Germany Australia Hong Kong and the United States. She has received two Arts Council Awards