When Lisa Saint is asked about her childhood, she smiles and lovingly labels it as “perfectly unorthodox”. With Lisa’s mother being a singer-dancer and her father being a musician she says, “Our home was always filled with music. In fact the first memory of life I have goes back to a day when I was about a year old. My father, a professional singer-musician and bandleader was on this day also the designated babysitter. Balanced between my father’s arm and chest I bounced and swayed as a quartet of lively musicians rehearsing at our home, beat out the rhythms I would come to know as jazz.”
Many years have passed since that day. Lisa says, “Although I still do not play an instrument nor do I sing (publicly), the sweet and sultry sounds of jazz have always run deep through my veins and have greatly shaped who I am.”
“After losing my father in 2011,” Lisa said, “I began working on a series of wood paneled stain paintings inspired by the music that I was raised with."
My latest series Jazz: Flying Home, is a celebration of this rich American music tradition.
Lisa is a writer, artist, educator, and advocate for the arts. After earning her degree in Fine Arts, Lisa continued her education at Otis Art Institute, UCLA, and Art Center College of Design. She studied with and was most noticeably influenced by Netter Worthington, Louis Gadal, Sam Clayberger, Marla Frazee, and Tim Egan. Over the years Lisa has worked in oil, acrylic, water color and mixed media.
After freelancing in the field of magazine and greeting card illustration, Lisa has spent the last seventeen years teaching bookmaking and graphic novel classes for the South Pasadena Educational Foundation (SPEF).
Lisa is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) as well as the South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC). Lisa lives with her husband Chuck in South Pasadena, California. They have two daughters, Nicole and Lauren.
Jazz: Flying Home is dedicated to my father Gil Bernal and my mother Harriet.