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About Me

Welcome to my world!

Lisa Mahony

Capturing Nature in Paint  

Bio & CV  

I was born in the Hollywood hills in California in the 60’s. 

Growing up in the 1960's I enjoyed a lot of freedom. I started riding horses when I was five years old. when I was 8 & 9, my parents would drop me off at sunset ranch stables, at the top of our street, with a sack dinner. I would join the group & ride the same horse, dr. pepper, week after week. 

This was a pivotal moment in my life. where I would enjoy the changing colors around me of day turning into night and being an outsider. riding through the hollywood hills to burbank, had dinner & then rode back to the ranch arriving at midnight. It allowed me to enjoy being an observer & be connected to nature.

The University of California Santa Cruz is my alma mater where I studied sculpting and painting. After graduation, I discovered plein air. This allowed me to paint more intuitively. it reminded me of my early riding experience by being connected to nature & observing the landscape.

Plein air was started by the impressionists when Paint was first manufactured in tubes. no longer were artists relying on creating paints by themselves. they no longer had to spend time creating paint and could rely on getting the same colors time after time! This allowed artists to leave their studios and go out on location to paint.

when you think about painting on location, it is a little crazy. why Drag out everything from your studio? There has been so many advancements THROUGHOUT the years in lighting, why still do it? Why not just paint from the comfort of the studio? 

It is the light. 

Seeing light hitting an old adobe like in my painting Summer Light, is the reason. There is nothing that is so delicate and nuanced as Natural Lighting.

 My Painting, Making Breakfast for the Vaqueros, is the opposite. There I painted from my imagination and sketches, From the comfort of the studio. I was able to do this by painting nocturnes on various occasions. 

Plein air also enlivens my studio paintings as well. Learning to paint from life, with color notes and sketches, was an extension of what I learned at UC Santa Cruz. I paint in acrylic because I enjoy working in layers & it allows me to not worry about hazardous fumes. Many people are amazed that my paintings are acrylic because they think you can't get nuance from acrylics but you can. 

I really enjoy discovering new places and striking out on artist residencies. I have had six residencies with the U.S. Forest Service as well as private residencies.   

In 2018 and 2019 I taught at the Santa Paula Art Museum and Star Nova’s after school art program. Both were great experiences.   

I am a member a small group on Facebook called Plein Air Ventura County. We go out each Thursday to different locations to paint gardens, birds, and oceans, to name a few.

SomeTimes, Plein Air Ventura County is invited into art lovers gardens & that is always a pleasurable experience.

I also am available for commissions. 

why not turn a landscape photo into a painting?

I try to stay loose and playful by humming, swaying or listening to stories while I paint.  Little moments are important to me, like seeing waves hit by sunlight. 

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2022- Currently Showing at Island Brewing, Carpenteria August 13 – September 25 

2022- Currently Showing at Olivas Adobe September through November Summer Light & Making Breakfast for the vaqueros

2022 -Ventura County Fair, Professional fine arts, A Perfect Moment,  August 

2022- Spring Fever Show at the Center for the Arts Thousand Oaks, March 4-May 2, 12 paintings 

2022- Olivas Adobe March 13 - August 31, 18 Paintings

2021 - Very Ventura Gifts and Gallery Shop Broadbill & Daisies in Bloom March 12-May 13 

2021 - Harbor Village Gallery and Gifts Too, Sailing Channel Islands Harbor, March 19-May 17 

2021 – SpiceTopia Show Translucent Moment & Last of Its Era, February 12-March 11 

2020 – Harbor Village Gallery and Gifts Too, A Wave for Christopher, October 11-November 12 

2020 – BAA’s 34th Annual Open Competition, at the Museum of Ventura County, A Wave for Christopher, February 9-March 

2019-2020 Welcome to California, Roadside Attractions & Opening Night, California Art Club’s Exhibit November 29-March 8 

2020 – 2 Person Show, California Color, Lisa Mahony & Theresa Paden, Fox Fine Jewelry in Ventura, Ca January 16-March 8, 25 Paintings

2019- 2020 7th Annual Art About Agriculture, Santa Paula Art Museum Roadside Attractions, November 7- March 8 – Selected for the Cover Art for show's Brochure 

2019 - Plein Air Painters of Carpenteria Group Show at Zooker's Restaurant, October 21 - December 15, 2 Paintings 

2019 - Harbor Gallery Member's Show September 17 - December 17 

2019 -2020 Anniversary Exhibition of the Old Mill with the California Art Club, Late night Shopping trip, September 10 - January 12, 2020 

2019 - Won Outstanding Merit Award for Sailing Away at the Harbor Gallery, Ventura Ca 

2019 - Santa Paula Art Museum, Celebrating Teachers Exhibit, Painting Outside the Church & Roadside Attractions 

2019 - Won Merit Award for Sailing with Me, Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts Too 2019 - Hired by the Santa Paula Art Museum to speed paint, Sailing for the Sun, for their Silent Art Auction, June 6 

2019 - Lavender Festival, Lavender Fields forever, Ojai Ca 

2019 - Won Best of Show for The Collector, Fillmore's Inaugural Art Show, March, Purchased for the city's art collection

2019 - Exhibited at the Santa Paula’s 82nd Annual Art Show, Lavender Fields forever, booked for a demonstration for the Santa Paula Art association

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 displayed, The Patron Saint of the iPhone for their figure drawing nights 

2017- Fillmore Artist’s Guild Exhibit at the Ojai Art Center    

2017- Abstract Show at Atrium Gallery 

2017- Community Memorial Hospital Exhibit I Remember the Thomas Fire, website displayed the painting for the show 

2017- Won the Fillmore Library Poetry Contest, The First Time 

My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.


My inspiration comes from moments that stop me in my tracks. Like seeing waves roll in or coming around a corner to discover flowers on a fence. That excitement is what keeps me painting.


I paint in thin layers of acrylic, making the scene glow. I use painting knives, brushes and observation. 

career highlights

I have shown at the Santa Paula Art Museum, The California Art Club & I current show at Olivas Adobe, in Ventura California. I am a member of Plein Air Ventura County. I am getting ready for a shows in the later half of 2022. Where will I be showing next? I will let you know as soon as possible! It’s exciting seeing opportunities open up. More on that as I commit to shows. 

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