Lisa Mahony is an American contemporary fine artist, creating color filled, textural paintings in acrylic, digital and gouache. I still have some oil paintings as well but my lungs won’t let me use that any more.
Phone: (805) 625-0782
In December of 2019 I became ill from a combination of the flu and burning my lungs from working with oil paint and solvents. I thought I had plenty of ventilation, since I was painting outdoors too.
Frustrated by being trapped inside of the flu and damaged lungs, I decided to start three series of paintings to keep my mind active while I am recovering. The three series are: waves, figures and bubbles. These keep me busy.
Above is a close up of the sky in my Sandpiper Silhouette painting.
When I am stuck in bed, using my humidifier like a boss, I create digital paintings. I am so grateful that I learned digital or else I couldn’t paint, at all. That way, lies madness. Luckily, as of May 20th, I can now walk up and down the stairs without pausing and I no longer need the humidifier!
Digital fine art is very new on the scene but I was encouraged to see so many galleries at the Los Angeles Art Show that were displaying digital art. I almost danced out of there because I could easily see my work in a gallery.
My second series is creating 100 Figures. I was working from live models before the coronavirus now it is all reference material. Thanks to the coronavirus, I am forced to create my own narrative. I didn’t realize how story driven my artwork had become until I started going to the Ojai Art Center’s Thursday Figure Workshop. I couldn’t start a painting until I had a storyline behind it. It just wasn’t worth the effort, if I wasn’t completely immersed. Sometimes, it is connected to what is happening in the world but mostly it is a snippet of a storyline.
University of California, Santa Cruz
Bachelor of Art
2019-present Carpenteria Plein Air Painters paint outs
2016-present Plein Air Wednesday paint outs
2015-present California Art Club paint outs
2018-2019 – Ojai Art Center -Figure Workshop
2017–2018 Museum of Ventura County – Figure Drawing
1997 Cape Cod School of Art
2020 – BAA’s 34th Annual Open Competition, held at the Museum of Ventura County February 9-March 2 -Christopher’s Wave
2020 – 2 Person Exhibit, California Color Lisa Mahony & Theresa Paden at Fox Fine Jewelry in Ventura, Ca January 16-March 8
2019- 2020 12th Annual Art About Agriculture, Santa Paula Art Museum November 7- March 8
2019 – Plein Air Painters of Carpenteria Group Show at Zooker’s Restaurant, October 21 – December 15
2019 – Harbor Gallery Member’s Show September 17 – December 17
2019 –2020 Anniversary Exhibition of the Old Mill with the California Art Club, September 10 – January 12, 2020
2019 – Won Outstanding Merit Award for Sailing Away at the Harbor Gallery, Ventura Ca
2019 – Santa Paula Art Museum’s, Celebrating Teachers Exhibit
2019 – Won Merit Award for Sailing with Me, Harbor Gallery
2019 – Hired by the Santa Paula Art Museum to speed paint for the Santa Paula Art Museum’s Silent Art Auction
2019 – Lavender Festival, in Ojai Ca
2019 – Won Best of Show for Fillmore Inaugural Art Show
2019 – Exhibited at the Santa Paula’s 82nd Annual Art Show
2019 – Won 1st Prize in the Atrium Gallery Treasures Show for “Sailing Out of the Harbor”
2018 – Won 3rd Prize in the Santa Paula Arts & VACE Show with “It Used to be More Fun”
2018- Opening of the Cole Creativity Center, exhibited 3 paintings and created 4 murals with kids.
2018- Solo Show on Teaching and Creating with Me Project, exhibited at Blanchard Library and created 6 mini murals with kids, Santa Paula, Ca
2017- Museum of Ventura County’s Website for Figure Drawing
2018-Taught at five after school art programs and exhibited five school art projects in, Anything Goes at the Atrium Gallery Jan – June
2017- Fillmore Artist’s Guild Exhibit at the Ojai Art Center
2017- Abstract Show at Atrium Gallery
2017- Community Memorial Hospital Thomas Fire
2017- Won the Fillmore Library Poetry Contest “The First Time”
2017- Published 2 paintings in Dia De Los Muertos, A Catalogue of Poems for the Recently Departed, by the Ventura Arts Council
2017- Black Stallion Gallery in Fillmore Spring Fling
2017- Portrait Show at Atrium Gallery
2017- Buenaventura Art Shows “I Remember the Thomas Fire” advertising the art show
2017- Artists along the 126 Atrium Gallery Artist’s Guild of Fillmore Group Show
2016- Atrium Gallery 4 Shows
2015- Buenaventura Art Association 3rd Annual Collage and Mixed Media
2015- Buenaventura Art Association Gardens and Flowers
2018- October Oregon Ranch Residency
2018- July -August Tejon Ranch Conservancy
2017- June -San Gabriel Mountains Monument
2016- June -San Gabriel Mountains Monument
2015 – July -San Gabriel Mountains Monument
2020 – California Art Club Beginning Oil Painting Workshop
2020- Santa Paula Art Museum Plein Air in Gouache Class
2019 – Ventura Botanical Garden Gouache on the Go Class
2018 – present Teaching Artist at the Santa Paula Museum of Art
2017- Taught five after school art programs for Star Nova in Santa Paula, CA
2014- 2016 Taught Art Trek for 7th and 8th grades at Our Lady of the Assumption, Ventura, Ca
2019 – Santa Paula Society for the Arts Acrylic Demonstration and raffled off “Bloom”
2018 – September Sketching Lecture and Painting Demo with Tejon Ranch Conservancy
2019- Judged the Buenaventura Art Association “Things with Wings” March Show
2016 Judged for Atrium Gallery Employee Art Show Kids and Young Adult Category
2019 – present Carpenteria Plein Air Painters
2019 – present Plein Air Wednesday
2015- Artists Guild of Fillmore, member
2003-Artist Member of the California Art Club