As seen in Discover Kalispell Magazine
From Bigfork to Whitefish and Kalispell in between, the Flathead Valley has become a mecca of great art. Along main streets you’ll find studios and shops selling local art, but finding a national customer base is not always easy. Lisa Middleton, Kalispell-based artist and cartographer, has found success painting historic and custom maps — a process that involves seven to eight layers of detail and eye-pleasing hues.
Lisa started painting replicas of historic maps in the Midwest, but it wasn’t until she moved to Montana and tapped a Western love for maps that her Great River Arts really took off. Lisa has found success in her partnerships with local graphic designers and printers. Today her Montana-made pieces cover all regions of the country and the world and are reproduced into prints, note cards, silk scarves and even wallpaper. Map lovers can find her products in shops from Seattle to Palm Springs and Manhattan to the Florida Everglades.
Ever expanding her business and trying new opportunities, Lisa has also begun creating custom maps of cities and regions as well as maps for corporations and individuals. If you want to remember a special family vacation route across the country or a sailboat adventure around the Caribbean, Lisa will create the most beautiful map you can imagine. For meeting planners Lisa makes an inspiring guest speaker, and she’ll even create a commemorative map for your group’s destination.