Nerissa Balland is a visual artist who creates paintings and drawings in a variety of sizes and mixed media. She is extremely fascinated with the many levels of communication between the viewer and the piece, the artist and the work, and the artist to the viewer. In addition, Nerissa has been particularly interested in art as a means of communication throughout the various stages of her life.
Nerissa has had a strong desire to create since childhood. During her formal education, she fought to hold on to the innocence behind the creative process in order to maintain a balance of technique and “the unlearned.”
Extensively trained at Pratt Institute, Nerissa received a Master of Fine Arts in painting. She spent the past 18 years working in marketing, branding, and design. Currently, Nerissa works full-time as a visual artist in South Florida. She is passionate about Arts In Medicine and has created a program “Healing Through Art” for adult oncology outpatients. Nerissa has been in numerous exhibitions in diverse areas — from Miami Art Week to faith-based institutions, universities and hospitals.