Lori McNee

I create art and educate other artists.

Lori McNee is an American artist, author, internationally followed art blogger, social media influencer, brand ambassador, producer, and keynote speaker. She is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America as well as a Signature Member of the Heartland Art Club and a member of California Art Club. Lori is a certified Master Artist in Cobra water-mixable Oil Paints and is an Artist Ambassador for Royal Talens, Willow Wolfe Brush Company, Fredrix Artist Canvas and Multimedia Artboard.

Inspired by nature, Lori’s paintings reflect her love of the great outdoors and respect for its creatures. A native of Southern California and reared in the southwest, Lori cultivated an interest in art and wildlife during her childhood.

While her three children were young, Lori began an art career as a wildlife artist in the 1980s-90s. During this time she mentored with famed wildlife artists Robert Bateman, John Seerey-Lester, Carl Brenders, Vivi Crandall, and Guy Coheleach. Lori illustrated for organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, the Wolf Education Research Center, various trout and duck stamps, and books.

In 2000, Lori discovered Plein air and still life painting. After studying with Robert Moore and Joe Anna Arnett, Lori made a shift from working with photographs to painting from life.

Today, Lori’s broad spectrum of artwork includes poetic landscape, still life, and encaustic wax paintings which often incorporate birds or other wildlife. Her paintings have been featured in numerous publications including Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur Southwest Art, Artists’ Magazine, American Art Collector, Western Art Collector, and more.

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Lori has been featured in The Wall Street Journal online and named a #TwitterPowerhouse by The Huffington Post. Lori shares her online success secrets with artists, businesses, and organizations around the country. Lori writes for F+W Media publications including Artist’s Magazine, Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market, Photographer’s Market, and her own title, “Fine Art Tips with Lori McNee: Painting Techniques & Professional Advice.“ Lori is a #SocialTV correspondent pioneer, tweeting red carpet events for Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Access Hollywood, and Vanity Fair.

A popular workshop instructor, Lori teaches 3-4 painting workshops each year, at home and abroad. Currently, Lori is a television host and has her own show, “Art Beat with Lori McNee” with Eye on Sun Valley.

When not in her studio, Lori enjoys skiing or trekking mountain tops with her dog, photographing nature, playing with her grandkids, and teaching painting workshops around the world.


Order Lori’s North Light Books on Amazon:
Fine Art Tips with Lori McNee: Painting Techniques & Professional Advice

Learn more about Lori in this fun interview:
From Duck Stamps to Monet’s Garden

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