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.

Two year old Lori with her parakeet, Tweetie.

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’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, and is an exhibiting member of Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, and the Encaustic Art Institute. A popular art instructor, Lori conducts annual painting workshops in the States and abroad, including France and Italy.

Lori enjoying an early morning of painting alone in Monet’s Garden.

Lori is an internationally followed art blogger. As the owner of 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.

On the red carpet at the BAFTA Awards in Hollywood, California!

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.

Lori plein air painting above 10,000 feet during a horse pack trip in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

When not painting, will will most likely find Lori traveling the world, skiing, or trekking a mountaintop with her German Shepherd and camera in hand.

Lori takes in the view during a break from trekking high in the Swiss Alps.
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