Meet Lori of Fine Art Tips


Lori McNee of

Lori McNee is a professional artist who specializes in still life, and landscape oil paintings. She is an exhibiting member of Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of Idaho, serves on the Plein Air Mag Board of Advisors, and is an Ambassador Artist to Royal Talens. As the owner of, Lori blogs about fine art tips, marketing and social media advice for the aspiring and professional artist. As a social media influencer, Lori ranks as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women on Twitter, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and named a #TwitterPowerhouse by The Huffington Post. She is a keynote speaker, has been a talk show host for Plum TV, writes for F+W Media publications including Artist’s Magazine, Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market, Photographer’s Market. Also, Zero to 100,000: Social Media Tips & Tricks for Small Businesses.


Welcome to Fine Art Tips. I’m the owner, Lori McNee and am professional working artist, blogger and writer. This art blog is a labor of love. Here I share valuable fine art tips, social media advice, art business tips and news from my studio.

With the help of talented artists/writers, this website has grown into a popular semi-collaborative art blog.  I hope you enjoy the tips that have taken us a lifetime to learn!

Here’s a bit of information about me…

My artistic beginnings:

My parents say I was born with a paintbrush in my hand!  I have always loved to draw and paint. It all started when I was a little girl, I would save injured birds and nurse them back to health. Sometimes, I would try to catch the birds that flocked to our yard.  Out of frustration, I finally decided to capture the birds on paper with a pencil. I have been drawing and painting birds and nature ever since! In fact, today you can see birds in most of my still life and nature paintings.

A native of California and raised in the southwest, I cultivated my interest in art and wildlife during my childhood. Each summer, my family and I would take wonderful road trips to explore the beauty of the mountains, deserts and beaches. I would enjoy meeting the Native American Indians and learning about their arts, vanishing traditions and respect for nature.

My artistic journey and education:

Although I majored in Art is college, I still consider myself self-taught. I learned how to draw very well from my high school teacher, but in college, the curriculum was geared toward abstract art. As an aspiring realistic painter, I felt very frustrated with this and almost abandoned art as a career. It wasn’t until I was married with children that I decided to try my hand at art again. I started painting during their nap-times and in between loads of laundry. My art gave me back a piece of myself that was lost. From then, I went on to apprentice with Master artists: Robert Bateman, John Seerey-Lester, Carl Brenders, Guy Coheleach, Scott Christensen and Jo Anna Arnett to name a few.

During this time I illustrated for Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, The Wolf Education Research Center, various duck and trout stamps and a few books. Once my children were all in school, I pursued a professional art career. I am now a well respected artist and member of Oil Painters of America. My paintings have been featured in many National exhibitions, museums and publications throughout the United States. To view my artwork please visit:

My Paintings:

Today, I paint still life, landscape and plein air paintings.  My still life arrangements usually include birds or butterflies and are inspired by the Dutch master techniques. These elegant paintings echo the delicate balance between nature and man in hopes of a harmonious coexistence. My landscapes range from outdoor plein air paintings to studio works reminiscent of the 19th century Barbizon tradition and Luminist painters.

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(above paintings ©2011 Lori McNee)


  • The Huffington Post
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Zero to 100,000 Social Media Tips and Tricks for Small Businesses
  • The Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market
  • The Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market
  • The Photographer’s Market
  • The Photographer’s Market
  • Artist’s Magazine
  • North Light Books
  • 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 many newspapers.

My blogging:

Besides painting, I am now a professional blogger, author, editor, and public speaker!  Thanks to you all, blog has become popular for its art tips, social media tips and business advice from respected professionals in the art and blogging industries.

Because of this, I have been named, “Top 10 Up and Coming Women Bloggers,” and currently rankas one of the “Most Influential Artists” on Twitter and “The Top 100 Most Powerful Women on Twitter.” I recently was featured in the Arts section of The Huffington Post,“Lori McNee and the Art of Love”. It is exciting to be featured on so many popular blogs including,The Huffington Post, Art Heroes Blog, BlogTalkFM, Fine Art Views, Barney Davey Blog, the Money Dummy Blog, All Top Holy Kaw, to name a few.

More About Me:

Besides being an artist and blogger, I am a busy single mom,  outdoor enthusiast, nature lover, bird nerd, quote junkie, animal lover, gardener, hiker, skier, mountain biker, traveler, beach-lover, horseback rider, teacher, student,  and more..! I still have a lot more to learn and do within my own art career. Thanks for joining me on the journey!”

My best ~Lori :-)




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