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.
With relatives residing on both the West and East Coasts, the family road trips covered an expansive territory. He continued to crisscross the United States as an accomplished musician. His contribution to music has been recognized by his induction into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame and the South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame.
In 2017, Kenny 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. The dedication took place in the summer of 2018, with installation scheduled for 2020.
Kenny 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.
Kenny 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, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.