Jessica Pisano

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About the Artist

Inspired by the natural beauty of her hometown of Martha’s Vineyard, Jessica Pisano became interested in art at a young age. She pursued her passion for the arts at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, graduating in 1999 with a BFA in painting and photography. Jessica also 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.

Nature inspires Jessica; it is her muse. She is specifically drawn to the comparison and contrast of two subject matters, trees and birds. Birds, in many ways symbolize the opposite traits of trees. While trees are majestic and represent strength, stability and growth (they are grounded in nature), birds are light, delicate and epitomize freedom (and are mobile in nature). Together, they create balance: the bird is the weightlessness to the tree’s weight, the yin to the yang.

Jessica’s work is both abstract and representational. She uses the traditional indirect painting techniques of the Old Masters by applying oil paint in translucent layers that give the painting a detailed and highly rendered appearance. As a contrast, she also uses contemporary techniques in which paint is applied – working in an experimental and intuitive manner. The combination of these techniques, from the past and the present, creates a unique juxtaposition of styles.

Jessica lives on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, MA.