“I would like to paint the way a bird sings” ~Monet
For nearly 25 years, Lori McNee has lived with her family in the beautiful mountains of Central Idaho. A native of California and raised in the southwest, Lori cultivated her interest in art and wildlife during her childhood. As a young girl, Lori spent many hours rescuing the injured the birds that would hit the windows when they flocked to her yard. Captivated by their beauty, she decided to capture the birds on paper with a pencil. Lori has been drawing and painting birds and animals ever since.
Although she studied art in college, Lori considers herself self-taught. Over the years she has apprenticed with master artists, Robert Bateman, John Seerey-Lester, Carl Brenders, Vivi Crandall, Guy Coheleach, Scott Christensen and Jo Anna Arnett to name a few. Lori has illustrated for Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, the Wolf Education Research Center, various trout and duck stamps and books.
Lori’s paintings have been featured in Western Art Collector, South West Art Magazine, Wildlife Art Magazine, Art Talk Magazine, American Art Collector, Sun Valley Magazine, Sun Valley Guide, Plum TV, and newspapers. Lori is a member and exhibits with Oil Painters of America in National Exhibitions and sometimes at the Gilcrease Museum. Her sought after works are sold in Nationally ranked galleries throughout the United States.
Besides painting, Lori is a professional blogger and public speaker. On her popular FineArtTips.com blog, Lori shares art tips, social media tips and business advice from respected professionals in the art and blogging industries. Because of this, Lori has been named, “Top 10 Up and Coming Women Bloggers,” and currently ranks as one of the “Most Influential Artists” on Twitter and “The Top 100 Most Powerful Women on Twitter.” Lori recently was featured in the Arts section of The Huffington Post, “Lori McNee and the Art of Love”. Lori has also been featured many popular blogs including, The Huffington Post, Art Heroes Blog, BlogTalkFM, Fine Art Views, Barney Davey Blog, and Money Dummy Blog to name a few.