Inspired by land and sea, Jessica Pisano begins the painting process by documenting what she's drawn to in nature, either sketching "en plein air" or using a camera to capture a scenic view. She is interested in the portrayal of time and how atmospheric conditions change the landscape. She strives to create a sense of depth in her work by using the traditional techniques of the Old Masters, applying oil paint in many translucent layers to give her work a rich, radiant appearance. As a contrast, she also uses contemporary techniques in which paint is applied in a looser, more experimental and intuitive manner. This combination of art techniques from the past and the present is not just a juxtaposition of style, but also of time.
Painting primarily with acrylic and oil, Jessica Pisano sometimes adds silver and gold leaf to her work to give it a unique, luminous quality. She also incorporates a handmade paste made from marble for a subtle textural effect. As the natural light changes throughout the day, so does the reflective surface of the painting—a quality that symbolizes the passing of time.
While growing up, Jessica Pisano was inspired by the natural beauty of her native island, Martha's Vineyard. She pursued her interest in art at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, graduating in 1999 with a BFA in photography and painting. Pisano also studied studio 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 art.
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