NEW YORK – USA
2015 / 2016 / 2017 / 2019 / 2022
Elizabeth Bisbing is an American artist who is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As of 2022, she lives in New York City with her husband, Richard Castellana, who was an artist in residence here with her. Fall 2022 marks Elizabeth’s fifth time in residence here at Il Palmerino and her first time here post-pandemic. It was a joy to have her back!
A bit about Elizabeth - She earned her master’s degree at Vermont College of Fine Art. She takes inspiration from the “mundane” aspects of daily life, so her work consists of various still life inspirations, depicting the exact environment in which she finds them. Elizabeth would describe her artistic style as “color[ful] still life,” and taking great influence from the pandemic, a time during which she would often paint these mundanities of everyday life around the house. During her time at Il Palmerino, she looked to be inspired by the city of Florence and created accordingly.
From previous years...
For several years, Autumn and Spring were marked by the arrival of Richard Castellana and Elizabeth Bisbing. They would move into the Casina, immerse themselves in the environment with immediate naturalness. Elizabeth would immortalise budding flowers in her notebook, and Richard would build his landscapes, day after day, in search of the clouds' true colour or on a quest to capture the light reflecting on the meadow.
Richard Fremantle immediately included their art in his collection at Villa Peyron, having a soft spot for Richard's painting and its expressive power.
Their non-stop work usually began the second day after their arrival. Indeed, they were enviable in their methodical process and disciplined spirit. Their days were normally divided as follows: the morning for painting, and the afternoon for visits and errands. Sometimes, this order would be reversed, as they sought a to capture changing lights and shadows on canvas. They would work independently, in different spaces, each guided by the virtue of their own technique. Then, they would come back together and share comments on their progress. Watching this lovely, supportive partnership from the outside was reassuring and they are now sorely missed at Il Palmerino.
During one of their last stays, Richard and Elizabeth became involved with an educational programme at the Liceo Artistico G. Alberti in Florence. Seeing them with their students provided us an opportunity to appreciate their ability to share their passion for art.
Their reoccurring visits are currently on hold, as they explore opportunities abroad, yet they both keep us up to date on their regular exhibitions in New York and send us news of the awards they receive. We remain hopeful for their return to relive the fond memories we have of Elizabeth and Richard at Il Palmerino – the cheerful and lively balance of their art, which somehow stands side by side, different but complicit. And we'll never forget many happy evenings, together with Wendy and Howard as well, with a glass of good scotch and a game of dominos!