Fine Art & Contemporary American Craft

106 Main Street Brattleboro, VT | 802.257.7044

Heather Cannistraci

Heather Cannistraci

I trained as an oil painter at Amherst College, but when my husband, David, purchased a small sawmill, I knew that there must be a way to join my art with his wood. Pyrography, more commonly known as woodburning, was a natural solution. I have now been burning for sixteen years, taking my inspiration from my quiet Vermont home and my not-so-quiet Vermont children. Each piece is hand drawn and burned, using my own photographs as reference. Some have added hints of color done with watercolors or oil pencils, though many feature solely the tones of burned wood. This truly is a family business, as my husband mills the logs and provides the wooden blanks that serve as my canvas. He then frames the final pieces, and is now training our son to make frames as well. Our four children provide endless moments of delight and exploration, serving as both inspiration and models. Vermont's back roads and quiet beauty are the landscape of our lives. Each burning strives to capture a moment in New England, deeply known and gladly experienced.