Kenny McKenna’s connection to the West came early in his life. With family in California, memories of trips from his 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 farmland and rolling hills of Kansas.
During a music career spanning two decades, McKenna continued with his early interest in art. With his first painting, completed in 1966 during his third year of high school, oil was established as his medium. The coast-to-coast miles he traveled as an accomplished musician provided the direction for landscape painting.
McKenna has participated in Masters of the American West, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA, since 2013; Small Works Great Wonders at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK, since 2011; Night of Artists hosted at the Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio, TX, since 2007; and the Gilcrease Museum’s Collectors Reserve since 1995; Tulsa, OK. His work has been featured in Art of the West, Southwest Art, and Western Art Collector. McKenna’s work is showcased in the book Contemporary Art of the Southwest, authored by E. Ashley Rooney, published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd.