From a young age, Janine's passion for art has been in the forefront of her life. Middle school and high school classes piqued her interest, and she continued her artistic journey through college where she received a minor in Art alongside her Education degree from Northern Illinois University. After taking a 20-year break to raise her daughter, she felt a desire to re-immerse herself into the art world in 2002. Starting with a return to the basics (drawing class, colored
pencils, and watercolor), she quickly re-invigorated her skills and transitioned into pastel work.
When creating her works, she uses an underpainting technique and then moves into application of shadows, mid-tones, and lights. Color are layered meticulously and with great care to achieve the desired effect. Using this working method allows for a larger variety of texture: her award-winning portfolio ranges from softer, blurred images to pieces with heavier, crisper lines. She draws her inspiration from the natural world and its seamless juxtaposition of shapes, colors and values- elements of this inspiration are clearly seen within her landscape and animal
pieces (her preferred subjects).
With her art, Janine strives to draw in her audience and invite them to share in the world she is creating. Her art is intended to evoke the viewers' memories by intentionally capturing specific moments in time and place.