Tim Kenney is noted for his thick textured and colorful paintings. “A Burst of Color,” an exhibit of Kenney’s work, will open in The Depot Gallery, 200 S. Flood, with a reception from 6 to 9 pm on July 13 in conjunction with Norman’s 2nd Friday Art Walk. The exhibit continues through September 1. Music for the evening will be provided by guitarist Tate Slatton beginning at 7 pm.
Tim Kenney did not begin painting until 10 years ago at age 52. Carol Armstrong has been his instructor for those 10 years. He painted 50 paintings in 50 states in 50 days through the United States including Hawaii and Alaska in 2014. In 2017 he painted 77 paintings in all 77 Oklahoma counties in 77 days. Twenty percent of the proceeds from both trips were donated to Parkinson's research.
Kenney's inspiration for paintings come from life, the trees, flowers, skies, valleys, colors and, more important, the feeling he has when he views a scene that he is about to paint. Color is a word he hears quite often when others are talking about his paintings. Tim often says "I see colors where there are no colors."
His abstract impressionistic style lends itself to his subjects. “I use thick paints and palette knives to create heavy texture which helps bring out the depth of the scene.” he says. “Also the colors I use help convey the feeling I have when I am creating the painting and also the feelings that are transferred to the viewer and the collector.”
“I love to paint plein-air in Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Utah.” he says. “I love to capture the landscapes of the southwest while painting on site or using images from the areas we visit on our trips. Traveling, creating, demonstrating while painting is our life now and we look forward to it every day.”
Exhibits in The Depot Gallery are made possible, in part ,by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, and by generous individual donors.