Kenny McKenna

Kenny McKenna

Connection to the West came early in Kenny McKenna’s life. With family in California, memories of trips from native Kansas along Route 66 began at the age of four. Impressions of the mountains, red rock formations, and desert terrain were in striking contrast to the rolling hills of Kansas.

During a music career spanning two decades, McKenna continued with his early interest in art. His first painting in 1966 established his medium in oil. The coast to coast miles he had traveled as an accomplished musician provided the direction of painting landscapes.

McKenna is a four-time Award of Excellence recipient and 2010 featured artist at the NatureWorks Wildlife Show, Tulsa, Oklahoma; twice received the Lead Steer Award at the Panhandle-Plains Invitational, Canyon, Texas; and was awarded second place in 2011 at the Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art Show, Scottsdale, Arizona. McKenna received the 2015 Williams First Place in Painting Award at the Gilcrease Museum’s Collector’s Reserve. He has participated in the annual Gilcrease Museum Show since 1995 and the Small Works Great Wonders Art Sale at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum since 2011. He has participated in the Masters of the American West at the Autry National Center since 2013.

McKenna has been featured in Art of the West, Southwest Art, and Western Art Collector. His work is showcased in the 2013 Contemporary Art of the Southwest. Gallery representation is Collectors Covey, Dallas, Texas; Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming; Settlers West in Tucson, Arizona; and The Howell Gallery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.