Artist Lisa Flahive

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Lisa Flahive is most widely known for her expressive drawings and watercolors of jazz musicians, created live, in the moment, on the bandstand. This allows her to improvise, react, and communicate with the musicians. She chooses watermedia because it reflects the life of the music and must be created boldly, in the moment.
Lisa paints 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 series.
A popular instructor, Lisa enjoys demonstrating her techniques in urban sketching and watercolor.  Lisa’s work can be found in hotels and businesses throughout the region, and was recently featured in Blick Art Supply’s Fall Sales Flyer 2015. 
2015 Awards
Best In Show Crooked Tree Art in the City Paintout
2nd place Glen Arbor Art Association Quick Draw Competition
Best Watercolor, Big Brush Painting Competition October
2015 Shows
Michigan Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition
Solo Show at McMillen’s Custom Framing, Traverse City, MI
Jazz Occurrence 5 Aurora Public Arts Commission, IL
Art Leelanau Invitational, Leland, MI
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