Janie Young was born in Rockland, Maine. She was employed at the Farnsworth Art Museum while in high school. Janie graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 1974 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art, and Bachelor of Science in Art Education. In 1975, Janie set up a studio and joined the Maine Touring Artists Program. Her work has been exhibited at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit and in All Maine Biennials (1979 and 1981).
Janie was an art teacher in the Portland Public School System from 1983 until her retirement in 2014.
The Portland Museum of Art houses Janies work in its permanent collection. She is presently working in her home studio in Southern Maine.