Blending the real with the surreal | oil paintings by Jessica Pisano.
As an artist, I have always been inspired by nature — it is my muse. Birds and trees 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. 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.
Together they 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 is left to his or her own response.
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. 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.