Featured Artist: Mark McKenna!

Spirit of the West by Mark McKenna 32 x 32.5″ Oil

Mark McKenna. I KNOW! Wait until you take a peek at his paintings. You will be stunned. Mark’s paintings are beautiful, his portraits and Western paintings are fabulous – but his animals… they are brought to life on canvas. Spirit of the West is a great example of Mark’s work! Love the light, and those eyes! Wow!

See more of Mark’s work via these links:

Website  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

Read a bit about Mark, from his website:

Mark was born in Logan, UT in 1984 and has lived in the West all of his life. His work is inspired by what he loves, the beauty of the West. He grew up hunting, fishing, hiking, backpacking, and site seeing, and has personally experienced much of what the West has to offer.

Art has been apart of Mark’s life from very early on, but he started to show real promise as early as 9th grade when he began receiving commissions for his pencil portraits. After high school, he studied art at Brigham Young University – Idaho, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Art in Illustration as well as a Bachelor of Science in Art Education. Mark pursued illustration for a few years and worked with several publishing houses across the US.

Mark taught art at Cody High School from 2011 to 2018, and is currently a full-time artist. Mark has been fortunate to study under some great artists. Subsequently, he has spent hundreds of hours at the easel practicing and implementing the techniques and skills gained throughout his education.

Mark has been personally tutored by Dan Burr, Leon Parson, Gerald Griffin, Jim Wilcox, Grant Redden, and Greg Beecham.

Mark has had his work included in shows across the U.S. & Canada and is currently represented by Astoria Fine Art in Jackson, WY; and the Dick Idol Signature Gallery in Whitefish, MT.

Read more about Mark HERE – Catch you back here tomorrow!

All images via MarkMcKennaStudios.com, used with permission…
Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

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