Born in Port Chester, NY and raised in Syracuse, Gail Salzman earned a degree in Fine Art at Indiana University. She also studied at Skowhegan and the New York Studio School, where she was influenced by colorists Elmer Bischoff and Esteban Vicente.
Salzman has developed an expressive painting language over the course of her thirty-year career. Known for their luminous color and layered surface, her abstract oil paintings have been widely exhibited across the East Coast. Her solo show Soundings was on exhibit May 24–July 6, 2013 at the BCA Center in Burlington. Other recent solo exhibits include those at The Drawing Room Gallery in Cos Cob CT, and the Kent Museum in Calais VT.
Salzman earned early recognition with a National Endowment for the Arts painting award shortly after college. Recent honors include grants from the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund, as well as many residencies at the Vermont Studio Center.
In the early 1970s Gail moved with her family to northern Vermont, where she lives and works. Her studio is surrounded by woods; the nearby pond, with its layered life and teaming elements, is a constant source of inspiration.