Kenny McKenna’s subjects are widely diverse, with an emphasis on landscapes. Painting exclusively in oils, he uses an impressionistic style that elicits warmth and calmness, an open invitation to explore, and an inherent infusion of sunlight.
Because relatives resided on both the West and East Coasts, the family road trips covered an expansive territory. The desert landscapes, canyons, and colors of the Southwest were especially appealing to him during the travels to California. He continued to crisscross the United States as an accomplished musician. He has been inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame and the South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame.
In 2017, McKenna was commissioned by the Friends of the Capitol, the Oklahoma Arts Council, and the Office of the Governor of the State of Oklahoma to create an art installation honoring the centennial of the Oklahoma State Capitol building.
McKenna has exhibited in Masters of the American West at the Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, California; Small Works, Great Wonders at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Night of Artists at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.
McKenna’s work has been featured in Art of the West, Southwest Art, and Western Art Collector. His work is represented by Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona; McLarry Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Settlers West, Tucson, Arizona; The Howell Gallery of Fine Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Astoria Fine Art, Jackson, Wyoming.
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