Meet Lisa Flahive! Workshop 11: Capturing Chicago’s Rhythm and Energy
Lisa Flahive is most widely known for her expressive drawings and watercolors of jazz musicians, created live, in the moment, on the bandstand. This type of work allows her to improvise, react, and communicate with the musicians. Lisa chooses watermedia because it reflects the life of the music and must be created boldly, in the moment.
Lisa has a B.F.A. in painting from Michigan State University but has recently become far more interested in drawing. For the last three winters, she has returned to school to study classical figure drawing at Studio Escalier in Paris. This has dramatically changed the direction and focus of her work.
Lisa paints and draws what inspires her, such as cafes or chefs in the kitchen. She also loves to capture the energy of a city in her vibrant street scenes, and paints many en plein air, at night. Lisa is the artist in residence for Chateau Chantal Winery in Traverse City, MI and paints live on the bandstand every Thursday during their popular Jazz at Sunset summer series. This season her artwork will be featured on several wine labels as well as the cover for the 25th anniversary Jazz at Sunset CD (released December 2018).