About the Artist

Well hello there!
Plein Air Invitational Tehacaphi
May 2021

Lisa Mahony is an American contemporary fine artist, creating color filled, textural paintings in acrylic and digital.

Email: lisa.mahony2018@gmail.com

Bio & CV

I mainly work in acrylic on birch, canvas or linen. I love choosing the surface my painting will be on because it will determine the final look. I primarily love painting water. I am branching out into two new areas now- animals and florals. Water might be involved as well!

I like choosing surfaces, like I said because it affects the final result.

The canvas I use is sailcloth and is wonderfully nubby. I use this for palette knife painting. I let the surface peek through too. I mount it on birch or oak.

Birch cradled panels are lovely and smooth. They can be hung as is or framed. I am currently exploring more ways to paint on this. It’s exciting and I will be sharing my process about this. Wish me luck!

Finally, linen is between these two surfaces. When I am heavily glazing I choose this one. The brush glides over this surface. The linen isn’t distracting like the canvas would be.

once in a while I will share my digital artwork like the painting below, Greg’s Wave. It is all done by hand and can be be small or large to fit a specific area.

Now, my artwork is at Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts Too, located in Ventura, California. Come by and visit.

SOLD- Underwater Playground
11” x 14”
Acrylic on Cradled Panel
Greg’s Wave, digital

Digital fine art is still new on the scene but I was encouraged to see so many galleries at the Los Angeles Art Show in 2019 that were displaying digital art.


Formal Education

University of California, Santa Cruz 

Bachelor of Art 

Continuing Education

5 years of Plein air mentoring & individual critiques , studies with two artists

Painting Adventures

2021-present Plein Air Thursday

2019- Carpenteria Plein Air Painters paint outs

2016-2019 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           

Artist Residencies

2021- May Tehacaphi artist in residence

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  


2021- Private lessons

2020- Santa Paula Art Museum Plein Air in Gouache Class

2019 – Ventura Botanical Garden Gouache on the Go Class

2018 – 2020 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 Art Museum Speed Painting for their Annual Fundraiser

2019 – Santa Paula Society for the Arts Acrylic Demonstration and raffled off “Bloom”

2018 – September Sketching Lecture and Painting Demo with Tejon Ranch Conservancy

2018 – June Santa Paula Art Museum Grand Opening of the Cole Creativity Center. I created 5 murals with kids in specific themes.


2019- Judged the Buenaventura Art Association “Things with Wings” March Show 

2016 – Judged for the Atrium Gallery Employee Art Show Kids and Young Adult Category


2019 – present Carpenteria Plein Air Painters

2019 – present Plein Air Thursday

2015- 2019 Artists Guild of Fillmore, member

2003- present Artist Member of the California Art Club

Interested in a commissioned piece of art? You can email me at Lisa.Mahony2018

@gmail.com to start the process.

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