Jim Flahaven grew up in South Dakota and Kansas. He has been drawing and painting for over 25 years. He received his BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas, and his MFA in Painting and Drawing from Ohio State. In 2000 he moved to Maine to work and live closer to the ocean. He teaches drawing, painting and color theory at the University of Southern Maine. He has exhibited his work throughout the United States and Canada.
His most recent body of work is inspired by a number of mid to late century abstractionists: DeKooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Elizabeth Murray, and Terence Lanoue to name a few. His work has been described as “a series of mistakes covered by a few well-placed strokes”. There is a sense of divine transition or awkwardness that he distills in his paintings and one can find in this work a metaphor for the condition of modern life, with its accelerated pace, constant change and the notion of competing ideas or ideologies grinding against one another.