"If you observe nature closely, there's a dance in every tree, a song 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 and preserve these moments through painting.”

 

BIO

Inspired by the natural beauty of her hometown of Martha's Vineyard, Jessica Pisano’s interest in art started 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.  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.

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 on the Island of Martha's Vineyard, MA. 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

As an artist, I have always been inspired by nature — it is my muse. Birds, trees and the sea are the heroes of my stories. 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 nobel character with roots firmly planted in the earth while its branches sway up into the sky, reaching out in polar opposite directions. The sea, on the other hand, while also representing elements of freedom and strength, is full of contradictions in and of itself. As the source of life, it symbolizes immortality; but as the source of powerful currents, storms and deluges, it also is an aspect of mortality. The ocean therefore has a mysterious and majestic element and can represents both rebirth and the awakening of the mind, or tumultuous events and occurrences. 

All together, these varying elements 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 storytelling is not meant to convey a specific meaning or message, but rather to evoke an emotion from the viewer. How the viewer interprets that emotion is left to his or her own response. The viewer too becomes a participant in the story.

 

PROCESS

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. 

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Born: 1977, California

Education:
2000-2002  The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Masters in Arts Administration
1995-1999  Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR, Bachelor of Fine Arts
1997  Lorenzo DeMedici School for the Arts, Florence, Italy, studio arts abroad program

Selected Exbhibitions:

2017

"Nature's Reverie"  Gardner Colby Gallery, Naples, FL (February)
"Palette Painting"  Abend Gallery, Denver, CO (June)

"Solo Show: Nature's Allure" Kobalt Gallery, Provincetown, MA (June 30th - July 6th)

2016
Sirona Fine Art, Hallandale Beach, FL (April) Solo Show: Balance
The Field Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA (June) Three Person Show

2015
Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI (Feb-May) Awarded First Place in painting

Dean Day Gallery, Houston, TX Group Show

Field Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA Two person Show (August)
Jessica Hagen Fine Art & Design, Newport, RI Two person Show (August)

Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA  Group Shows (October & December)

2014
Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI (Feb-May)
Jessica Hagen Fine Art & Design, Newport, RI Two person Show (June)
The Field Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA Two person Show (July)

2013
Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI
Providence Art Club, Providence, RI

2012
Focus Gallery, Cohasset, MA
“Vineyard Artists of the Copley Society,” Featherstone Arts Center, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
“Group Show,” Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
“Group Show,” Dragonfly Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI

2011
“Landscapes/Sescapes,” Jessica Hagen Fine Art, Newport, RI Solo Show
“Group Show,” Dragonfly Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
“Group Show,” The Churchill Gallery, Newburyport, MA
“New Members’ Show,” Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA
“Winter Lights,” Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA

2010
“New Paintings,” Jessica Hagen Fine Art, Newport, RI Solo Show
“Group Show,” Dragonfly Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI
“Small Works Show VI,” Three Graces Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
“Group Show,” Donovan Gallery, Tiverton, RI
“CoSo Artists A-Z,” Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA
“Save the Bay Fine Art Benefit,” Save the Bay, Providence, RI

2009
”New Works,” Belushi Pisano Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA (May) Solo Show
"Nature's Bounty," River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN.
”New Works,” Belushi Pisano Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA (August) Solo Show
“Song Catcher,” Lark & Key Gallery, Charlotte, NC. 

2008
”New Works,” Belushi Pisano Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA Solo Show
“Group Show,” Lark & Key Gallery, Charlotte, NC
“Group Show,” Harvest Gallery, Dennis, MA

2006-2007
”New Works,” Belushi Pisano Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA Solo Show
“Group Show,” Kebanu Gallery, Bend, OR

2005
“Group Show,” The Wyland Galleries, Seattle, WA

2000
“Scenes from Italy,” Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA Solo Show

1999, 2001
“Two-person Show,” The Field Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Selected Public Collections:
Cambridge Trust Company - Cambridge, MA
Hyatt Manchester - San Diego, CA
L.E.K. Consulting - Los Angeles, CA
Martha’s Vineyard Hospital
Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel - Beverly Hills, CA
Ocean Pictures - Chicago, IL
Nightowl Productions, Inc. - Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Spago Restaurant - Los Angeles, CA
The Ford Plantation - Savannah, GA
La Dolce Vita - Boston, MA
Second Chance Foundation - Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Selected Press:
(The following is a partial list of articles and publications who have featured by work)
- American Art Collector
- Fine Art Connaisseur
- Artsy
- New England Home Magazine
- Fine Art America
- Design New England
- Newport Magazine
- The Art Guide
- Vineyard Gazette & The Martha's Vineyard Times
- The Bay Magazine
- The Niche Niche
- Artsy Forager
- Decor Arts Now
- Art Slant
- Miami Art Scene
- Cape Cod Magazine
- Create! Magazine
- Art Biz
- Supersonic ART
- Artist A Day
- The Mercury
- CreativeBOOM
- Artists on Art
- Art People
- Passion Galleria
- Southwest Art Magazine
- Design Kinky
- Lewis & Clark Chronicle Magazine
- USA Art News