Watercolor, 17.5. x 27.75 inches
Pleissner was born in Brooklyn, New York, where he maintained a lifetime residency. He came from an artistic family; his father was interested in the arts and his mother was an accomplished violinist. While a young boy, a friend gave Pleissner a paint box filled a multitude of colors, which no doubt stimulated an interest in art and color. As a teen, he spent summers at a boys’ camp in Dubois, Wyoming, sketching and painting. Although raised in the city, his experience with the wide open vistas of the western United States instilled in him a love of the outdoors and his paintings are composites of landscape and sporting genre. Pleissner studied art at the Art Students League (New York) where he studied under F.J. Boston, George Bridgeman and Frank DuMond. Although a skilled artist he was also an avid hunter and angler; his favorite pursuit was salmon fishing and he often combined painting with his sporting excursions. Pleissner was commissioned as a captain in the United States Air Force and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands as a war artist. In 1942 he accepted a commission with the United States Army as a war correspondent on inactive duty employed by Life Magazine. He continued to travel to Europe after the war and continued his travels to the American West Northeastern United States and Nova Scotia. He was a member of the American Watercolor Society, Audubon Society of Artists, Lyme Art Association, Salmagundi Club, Brooklyn Society of Etchers, Brooklyn Society of Artists, among others, and an elected member of the National Academy of Design.