Lisa Mahony

Lisa Mahony

5.0 (1)
1 employee
15 years in business

About this pro

I teach acrylic, mixed media and gouache. This year I will also be teaching a new media, digital painting. Teaching people how fun painting can be is what I am known for.  

Mixing color, working on composition and creating mood, are what I work on every day and I can show you some ways to help you get better at painting. It is a wonderful way to express yourself.

I like teaching all ages. I am a teaching artist at the Santa Paula Art Museum and soon at the Boys & Girls Club in Fillmore, Santa Paula and Piru.  I am an award winning artist who lives in Fillmore. 2018-2020 has put me more in demand and I have been lucky enough to get into bigger and bigger shows. My paintings are collected and I am grateful for that  

I am a member of the California Art Club, the Fillmore Art Commission, Artists Guild of Fillmore, and the Buenaventura Art Association, but enough about me...when do we start?

If you want to see more and get to know me a little better check out my website at or follow me on Instagram

 I like to see my students learn the basics of drawing and color first. Then, we move on to painting. I assign homework but it is fun and should take you 30 minutes to do a week. I love seeing students turn that corner from frustration to pride. 

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Ventura, CA 93003
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  • Mary Westheimer

    Lisa is extremely creative and encouraging and FUN, and above all loves what she is doing and is so excited to share it. She has an extensive background in art and has studied with some fine artists, but has a fresh and fluid style that is new and inspiring.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Well it is all about what their goals are and establishing a rapport with them. The fastest way to improve is to paint with a method and I bring that with me. They will learn how to draw, do thumbnails, mix color and then we work on tackling small projects. Learning how to set up a painting. How to block in your painting so you are layering for success. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in art. I studied at the Cape Cod School of Art and with portrait painters in a series of workshops. I will be attending a workshop in August because I am always trying to improve and refine my work. This is crucial since I exhibit and teach. I hold critiques and I have also juried art exhibitions as well. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I find painting is a wonderful way to meet people and in order to make it worth my time a two hour lesson at $60 a class is what I charge. I will help you set up your supplies- selecting paint, brushes, mediums and which surfaces will give you the best results. There is over 25 years of experience I bring with me. Really, it is a shortcut for you!

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching when people asked me to start. After a couple of years I started coming up with a system. My privates turned into places like the California Art Club, the Santa Paula Art Museum and the Boys and Girls Club hiring me to teach my methods. Too bad the coronavirus put everything on hold but that has allowed me to work on my duel acrylic and digital wave series. It is very exciting to see these two series forming. I have put a few up for sale on my website but mostly, I am getting ready to get a tight set to show some interested parties. 

What types of students have you worked with?

All sorts. Casual to formal, youth to senior. Teaching is a way for me to share my knowledge and to help someone realize their talents. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look at their website and then call them. Talking to a teacher and finding out if they can help you is what it is all about. Besides, we are excited to meet new people and help them paint to improve their portfolio or to paint for pleasure. I have helped all sorts of people. I have done portfolio critiques to lessons to painting excursions. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What paintings do you like?  Who are some artists that you like? What do you want to learn?

Lessons offered

Painting Classes Acrylic Painting Lessons Drawing Lessons Oil Painting Classes Watercolor Painting Lessons Abstract Painting Lessons