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Janine Levy Salzman was born and spent her formative years in the exotic Tunis, Tunisia, in North Africa. Inspired as a child by the mingled sights, sounds and flavors of the French, Arabic and Sephardic cultures of this Mediterranean seaport, she wanted to paint the beauty that surrounded her.
Later in Paris where she attended secondary school, she discovered the great French and British landscape painters such as Corot and Constable and was captivated by the genius of nineteenth century impressionist masters such as Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Monet.
Finally in Los Angeles years later as a young wife and mother of two daughters she found herself liberated, back in Mediterranean-like sunlight and now exposed to the strong plein air painting tradition of nineteenth and twentieth century California. Now she was determined to follow her dream. She dedicated every moment she could to painting. After years of disciplined hard work and many courses taught by international contemporary masters such as C. Hartley, J. Mendez and J. Wang, she has fulfilled her dream of becoming a professional artist.
Her work is featured at Studio 7 Gallery,Villas & Veranda Gallery, and in numerous private collections. In addition she has been recognized by her peers with numerous awards for her plein air landscapes, still lives, figures and portraits.
Janine maintains active contact with her fellow artists through workshops and memberships in such professional groups such as the Southern California Plein Air Painter, California Art Club, and Laguna Plein Air Painters