Meet Lori of Fine Art Tips 2018-08-24T19:38:14+00:00

Lori McNee is an internationally followed art blogger, and the owner of, She is an artist, author, social media influencer, brand ambassador, and keynote speaker. She has been featured in the The Wall Street Journal online, and named a #TwitterPowerhouse by The Huffington Post. Lori shares her online success secrets to artists, businesses, and organizations around the country. 

Lori writes for F+W Media publications including Artist’s Magazine, Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s MarketPhotographer’s Market and her own title,Fine Art Tips with Lori McNee: Painting Techniques & Professional Advice.“ Lori is a #SocialTV correspondent pioneer, tweeting red carpet events for Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Access Hollywood, and Vanity Fair.

Lori lives in the beautiful 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 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.

Lori is an Ambassador Artist 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, and serves the City of Ketchum, Idaho on the Ketchum Arts Commission. Lori also teaches 3-4 painting workshops each year, at home and abroad.

Order Lori’s North Light Books on Amazon Fine Art Tips with Lori McNee: Painting Techniques & Professional Advice.“

*You might like to learn more about Lori in this fun interview: From Duck Stamps to Monet’s Garden


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Lori at the BAFTA Awards

#SocialTV #Correspondents Lori Moreno, Sebastian St.George, Lori McNee, Bryan Moore on the BFTA Britannia Awards red carpet!


I am very proud to be an Artist Ambassador for Arches / CansonRoyal Talens

I use no other paints and paper than the best from Arches / Canson / Royal Talens. Whether in the studio or in the field, Cobra paints are always on my palette.

Artist Ambassador for Arches Canson Royal Talens


Welcome to Fine Art Tips.

I’m the owner, Lori McNee and am a 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!

My artistic history:

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.

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 as well as encaustic wax 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.

My blogging:

I am also a professional blogger, author, editor, and public keynote 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 ranks as 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, Top 25 People to Follow on Twitter  to name a few.

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 🙂