Kenny McKenna

Kenny McKenna

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.

To visit relatives residing on both the West and East Coasts, McKenna's family took to the road. The desert landscapes, canyons, and colors of the Southwest were especially appealing to him when the family traveled to California. He continued to crisscross the United States as an accomplished musician. His contribution to music has been recognized by his induction into both 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 along with 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, San Antonio, Texas.

Publications that have featured McKenna’s work include Art of the West, Southwest Art, and Western Art Collector. His work is represented by Collectors Covey, Dallas, Texas; Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming; Settlers West, Tucson, Arizona; and The Howell Gallery of Fine Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.