Stunning series of paintings depicts birds, trees and the sea as its heroes

Although life in the city has its perks, when your childhood is
spent in the countryside it can be hard to shake off the
cravings for birdsong and green pastures.

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.

She explains: “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 epitomise 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. 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 symbolises immortality; but as the source of
powerful currents, storms and deluges, it also is an aspect of

“The ocean therefore has a mysterious and majestic element and
can represent 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.”

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