As a landscape painter living in the shadows of New York's Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains, artist Crista Pisano is fortunate to be following in the footsteps of some of the greatest Hudson River School Painters from the 19th Century and American landscape painters that followed.
often finds herself overwhelmed to be a part of this great tradition in American history, painting in some of the same locations where her
heroes have painted before her
Pisano's intimate landscape paintings are started on site and en plein air.
It is not only the act of painting en plein air, but also the observation of her
surroundings and environment that allows her
artwork to capture the feeling of the space she
goal is not to copy or record what she
sees, but to interpret and suggest in paint what she
is looking at.
Pisano paints in oils on various types of wood and pressed board that she
This process allows her
to custom cut the smaller sizes she
loves the idea of a small painting encompassing a large view in nature.
Pisano was born and raised in northern New Jersey.
In 1989, she
began painting in oils at the Ridgewood Art Institute
in Ridgewood, NJ. While there, Pisano
studied portrait, still-life, and landscape - which became her
participated in shows and won various awards at the Ridgewood Art Institute
throughout high school.
In the fall of 1996, Pisano began the BFA program at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, CT.
She graduated Lyme Academy in the spring of 2000, receiving her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting.
In 2003, Pisano received a Masters Degree of Fine Arts in Painting from the New York Academy Graduate School of Figurative Art in Downtown Manhattan.
Pisano is a member of numerous art organizations including the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, the Rye Art Center in Rye, NY, the Garrison Art Center in Garrison, NY, and the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, CT where she is an elected member.
work throughout New England, New York, and New Jersey, and has received various awards and honors.
paintings hang in public and private collections throughout the country.
is also currently represented by the Sylvan Gallery
in Clinton, CT.