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, family road trips covered an expansive territory. The desert landscapes, canyons and colors of the Southwest were especially appealing to him on travels to California. It was in stark contrast to the rolling hills and farmlands of native Kansas. 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 & Roll Music Hall of Fame.
In 2017 McKenna was commissioned by the Oklahoma State Capitol Centennial Committee 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.
McKenna’s exhibits include Masters of the American West at the Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, CA; Small Works, Great Wonders at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK; and Night of Artists at the Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio, TX.
Publications that have featured McKenna’s work are Art of the West, Southwest Art, and Western Art Collector.