Norman artist Tim Kenney was in Miami last week working on the sixth of 77 paintings he has planned with a portion of proceeds from each going to the Nicole Jarvis Parkinson’s Research Foundation.
MIAMI – His personality is as big, bold and bright as his paintings, and Norman artist Tim Kenney’s heart is wonderfully big too.
He paints with oil on stretched canvas with palette knives and brushes painting in plain air, outdoors on location.
“These are oil paintings, and I use a very thick paint and pallet knife, so it takes about a month to six weeks to dry,” Kenney said. “It takes about four hours to paint each one probably. I will start them on location and finish them in the evening.”
“The day before yesterday I was in Santa Fe to drop off paintings for a show, and so I painted on the way in and out of state. When I came back in the state I stopped at Greer County,” Kenney said. “I pulled into Mangum in Greer, and I asked them, ‘Where should I paint?’ and they all told me this spot called Jay Buckle Springs. Everybody knew about it, and I mean everybody. Of course, I never heard of it, and I drove towards it and ran into another small town, Willow. A lady drove me up there. It’s a natural spring where they all swim.”
He posted a photo of the completed Greer painting on his Facebook page, and almost immediately one of Kenney’s Norman friends bought it because he lived near the spring growing up as a child.
In Mayes County Kenney was inspired by natural beauty.