Installation shot of "Songbirds".
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,
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."