American artist, Lori McNee lives in the beautiful Northern Rocky Mountains of Central Idaho where she derives much of her inspiration.
A native of California and reared in the southwest, Lori cultivated an interest in art and nature during her childhood.
As a child, Lori would save injured birds and nurse them back to health. Sometimes Lori would try to catch the birds that flocked to her family’s yard. Out of frustration, she finally decided to capture the birds on paper with a pencil.
Lori began her art career as a wildlife artist in the 1980s-90s. During this time she mentored with renowned wildlife artists Robert Bateman, John Seerey-Lester, Carl Brenders, and Vivi Crandall. 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 artists Robert Moore and Joe Anna Arnett, Lori made a shift from wildlife art to painting from life.
Today Lori’s broad spectrum of artwork includes poetic studio landscapes, plein air studies, still life and encaustic wax paintings which most often incorporate birds or other wildlife.
Lori is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America, a Signature Member of the Heartland Art Club, a member of the California Art Club, the American Impressionist Society. Lori’s paintings can be found in prestigious galleries and museums throughout the United States. Her paintings have been featured in numerous publications including Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, Southwest Art, Artist’s Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, American Art Collector, Western Art Collector to name a few.
Lori is an Artist Ambassador for Royal Talens, Princeton Brush Company, and Fredrix Artist Canvas. She is a certified Master Artist in Cobra Water-mixable Oil Paints. A popular art instructor, Lori conducts annual painting workshops in the States and abroad, including France, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa.
Lori is an internationally followed art blogger. As the owner of www.FineArtTips.com Lori shares painting tips, and her online success secrets and marketing advice with artists, businesses, and organizations around the country.
She is also an author, social media influencer, brand ambassador, and keynote speaker. She was named, “Top 10 Up and Coming Women Bloggers,” and has ranked as one of the “Most Influential Artists” on Twitter and “The Top 100 Most Powerful Women on Twitter.” Lori is a #SocialTV correspondent pioneer and tweets red carpet events including the Emmys, the Oscars, and BAFTA awards for Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Access Hollywood and Vanity Fair. Currently, Lori is a television host and has her own show, “Art Beat” with Eye on Sun Valley.
Lori writes for publications including Outdoor Painter, Oil Painters of America, Artist’s Magazine, Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market. North Light Books, “Fine Art Tips with Lori McNee: Painting Techniques & Professional Advice” is available on Amazon. Lori’s popular how-to painting video “Luminous Landscape Painting with Lori McNee” is available as a DVD or downloadable.
When not in her studio, Lori enjoys skiing or trekking mountain tops, photographing nature, playing with her grandkids, and teaching painting workshops around the world.