Jessica Pisano


My work is both abstract and representational.  I use the traditional indirect painting techniques of the Old Masters by applying oil paint in many translucent layers giving the painting a detailed and highly rendered appearance.   As a contrast, I also use contemporary techniques in which paint is loosely applied in an experimental and intuitive manner.  The combination of these techniques from both the past and the present is interesting to me as it creates a unique juxtaposition of styles. Continued >


As an artist, I have always been inspired by nature — it is my muse. Birds and trees are the main characters in my paintings. I am both interested and intrigued by the comparison and contrast of these subjects, as well as their individual symbolism. Whereas birds embody a sense of freedom and transcendence — the link between heaven and earth — trees epitomize strength, wisdom, stability and growth — the noble character with roots firmly planted in the earth while its branches sway up into the sky, reaching out in polar opposite directions. Together, these varying symbol-isms of each create balance: the yin to the yang. This balance found in nature is what I am interested in exploring and portraying in my work — my paintings are not intended to convey a specific message, but rather to evoke an emotion from the viewer. How the viewer interprets it is left to his or her own response. 

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."