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, Princeton Brush Company, and Fredrix Artist Canvas.
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.