A Chat With Annie Pisano

When Dani came across Annie’s watercolours on Instagram one cold winter’s afternoon, she found herself in awe of the artwork that so beautifully captured the magical moments of everyday life.   Annie is not only a highly talented creative, but her outlook on life is as joyful as her paintings.

Tell us a bit about your background, what makes you… you?

I grew up on Martha’s Vineyard, an island off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. You can only get to the island by boat, a 45minute ferry, so it’s quite secluded. Growing up in this small town gave me wanderlust and a desire to see the world, so travelling became one of my passions and that led me to be interested in art and culture. I have a very fiery and driven personality, which fuels my desire to see as much of the world as I can. I love going to new places because all your senses are awake and there’s a unique vibe in every place. One of my passions is aiming to capture the vibe of a place, or of a moment, and I’m very visual so I love curating things to be aesthetically pleasing.

How and when did your journey and love for art start?

I come from a creative family, and I’ve always loved art. Creativity is very important to me, and growing up I had tons of different creative ventures. At university, I studied marketing communications, and after graduation, I got a job at an advertising agency. While working at the agency I started watercolour painting in my free time just for fun, and after a few years, I transitioned to doing painting mostly full time!

What influences and inspires you?

Honestly, my inspiration comes from everywhere in my day-to-day life! I’m always looking for things to paint and it’s fun to find the next random thing that will be an inspiration. I’ll see an arrangement in a shop window, or a scene of people eating at a restaurant, or particular flowers and vines in a window box, or a picture of from ad on Instagram… anything can catch my eye and inspire a scene to illustrate, so I’ll take a photo or a screenshot. I have an album on my phone called “things to paint” and I have over 1000 inspo images in there!

Does your art represent something about you?

I think my art represents how see the world – how little moments and small details can be beautiful. It’s just a matter of what you pay attention to. I like taking everyday things and making them a little more whimsical and pretty. I like bold colours and cheery patterns and that’s what I choose to see.


How do you make your art, what is your speciality?

I use watercolour paints to create my illustrations, and when I scan my paintings onto the computer I use photoshop as well. So my style is a mixed media of painting and digital. This allows me to edit colours, make different versions and create print patterns.

What art do you most identify with?

I identify with modern, still life, and portrait art. I do like some colourful abstract pieces, but I tend to be more drawn to art that captures a certain essence of an object. I also really love photography. I have so much respect and admiration for photographers!

What work do you most enjoy doing?

I paint a lot of things for fun or just to post on my Instagram simply because I like it, and I really enjoy painting those things because it’s purely for the purpose of creating. But I also really enjoy painting custom illustrations for clients. People always choose to have me illustrate special moments, like weddings, proposals, family photos, first homes, memories of loved ones passed – so to get to bring those moments to life in a painting and knowing it’s going to make a really special gift is amazing.

What themes do you pursue and why?

I love to paint Mediterranean themes: lemons and citrus, blue oceans, flowers, food, prints and patterns you might see on Italian ceramics, things like that. I think a lot of my work is also “romantic” in theme. I tend to pull from girly themes, making my work cutesie and feminine.

Do you have a dream project?

I’d love to see my work as home decor items and kitchenware, one day I want to design prints and artwork for plates, mugs, dish towels, pillows, candles. My dream partnership would be to do a collaboration with Anthropologie and see my work sold all over the country!

Name three artists you would like to be compared to.

Nathalie Lete, her work is so whimsical and imaginative

My favourite watercolour artists are Inslee Ferris, Riley Sheehey and Erisha Rubingh. They are huge inspirations to me!

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Recently I was messaging with Susannah Garrod, a ceramic artist I admire. I had reached out to her for advice as an artist, and she said she once heard “it takes 10 years to become an overnight success” – and I loved this because it’s a reminder that things don’t happen instantly and you have to keep going and keep working hard, and things are not as easy as they seem (especially on social media where it seems like everyone is an overnight success.)

Professionally, what is your goal?

My professional goal is to build a reputable brand for myself and my work. I want to be able to work for myself and build a successful business that allows me to do what I enjoy, be flexible with my time, and create art that I am proud of. I just want to be able to sustain myself and set an example for other artists who want to turn their passion into a business.

Make sure you visit Annie’s Instagram Page @olive.and.orange and be taken on a whimsical journey of everyday life!

Thanks for visiting and please stay as long as you like…it’s so wonderful to have you here!