Lisa Mahony is an American contemporary fine artist, creating color filled, textural paintings in oil.
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Born in Hollywood California, Lisa grew up with a lot of freedom. One of her favorite memories was talking her parents into letting her go on the now famous Friday Night Sunset rides with around 20 people. “We would ride through the hills of Hollywood down into Burbank for dinner. I would have a sack dinner with my horse, Dr. Pepper. Everyone else would eat in the Mexican restaurant.” she says laughing. “Sometimes, people felt bad for me being the only kid on the ride but I was too happy to care “, Lisa remembers. “Starting a ride at sunset, riding through the night, under the stars was magical”. She was eight years old and did it every Friday night for a year and a half. It helped her see the changing landscape, connect with Dr. Pepper and simply be happy alone, amongst adults. She had an eclectic childhood living in the bustling city, taking dance, flute and ice skating lessons while spending her vacations camping in remote spots on Vancouver Island, Canada. All of these experiences has shaped her landscape paintings into being a mix of different subjects: rural, urban as well as pure landscape. She loves painting boats, cars, bridges and historical places and now she is working on a series of nocturnes.
After graduating from University of California Santa Cruz in 1987 with a Bachelor in Art, she did a series of odd jobs until she followed in her father’s footsteps and worked in the film industry. “I was an assistant editor at National Geographic Television with aspirations of becoming an editor until one day, I realized, I liked working on my own projects better.” Lisa says smiling.
Discovering plein air was a good fit for Lisa because it combines her love of the outdoors and painting. She studied at the Cape Cod School of Art in the summer of 1987 and things started making sense. “If you ever see an artist grumpy and muttering, you’ll know it’s because the vision and the painting didn’t come close, it really can be quite frustrating!” Lisa says shaking her head. “Then you have the weather to contend with!” Lisa says laughing. “Your freezing or the sun is baking you to a crisp, the tide tries to steal your gear or the weather changes and you have to stop. There is something energizing about being outdoors. It could be it in the city or a forest. It makes you glad to be alive and pushes you to be more daring in your paintings.
Currently, Lisa is working on small paintings in plein air and creating larger work at home. “I love painting in oil but I can’t use it in my studio, it is too hard on my lungs. So, I paint on the side of the house in my outdoor studio” she says smiling. “I work indoors with gouache, acrylic or digital paint and I love challenges” . Right now Lisa is doing a 30 minute painting a day throughout August. She is enjoying it so much, she will probably go beyond August too.
So what is next? I love working in series so I have a couple of them I am working on. I love curves and sometimes I will drive long distances to paint bridges, freeways or houses under blooming trees.
Lisa, is exhibiting at the Harbor Gallery in Ventura Harbor Village as well as the Buenaventura Gallery. Both galleries are in Ventura, California. Lisa is a juried artist member of the California Art Club and will be showing in September at The Old Mill. She is a member of the Buenaventura Art Association and the Artists Guild of Fillmore. She also serves on the Art Commission for the City of Fillmore, California. Lisa is also a teaching artist at the Santa Paula Art Museum and the Ventura Botanical Garden.
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