Lisa Davis Chessum was born in the South London suburb of Croydon, England – a town rebuilt in the late 60s into a suburban planner’s version of a modern metropolis. Her father was an architect and from an early age she developed a deep appreciation for modern architecture. The stark tower blocks, public buildings, housing estates and early shopping malls rendered in glass, steel and concrete that surrounded her became her earliest visual reference points and influenced her painting later in life.

Lisa studied Fine Art and Textile Design at Central St Martins School of Art and Middlesex University in London where she received a B.A.
She then studied at The Royal College of Art in London where she graduated with an M.A. in 1992.

Lisa spent many successful years working in the field of design for many fashion and textile companies in France and the UK. In 1999 Lisa moved to New York to continue her highly successful design career.

Two years ago she returned to her first love of painting when she began studying at The Art Students League. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her family.