Jessica Pisano

Inspired by the natural beauty of her native island of Martha's Vineyard, Jessica Pisano’s interest in art started at a young age. She pursued her interest in art at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, graduating in 1999 with a BFA in painting and photography. Pisano participated in a year abroad program to study fine art at the Lorenzo de Medici School in Florence, Italy. In 2002, she earned an MA in Arts Administration from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she learned to balance creativity with the business side of the arts.

Pisano is an award-winning artist who has had numerous solo and group shows. Her work is widely collected in both private and public collections all over the world. She lives in Newport, Rhode Island.

I begin the painting process by either sketching "en plein air" or using a camera to capture a memory. I am interested in the portrayal of time and how atmospheric conditions change the landscape. I strive to create a sense of depth in my work by using the traditional techniques of the Old Masters, applying oil paint in many translucent layers to give the paintings a rich, radiant appearance. As a contrast, I also use contemporary techniques in which paint is applied in a looser, more experimental and intuitive manner. This combination of art techniques from both the past and the present is not just a juxtaposition of style, but also of time.

"If you look closely in nature, there's a dance in every tree, a song sung by every bird, and a story behind each ocean wave - countless gestures and poses in nature's landscape; ever-changing yet timeless - inspiring me to capture these moments through painting."