21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2014 | Mark McKenna


Mark McKenna, Sweet Serenade, oil, 14 x 11.

Mark McKenna, Sweet Serenade, oil, 14 x 11.

Art Education: Bachelor of fine arts in illustration and bachelor of science in art education from Brigham Young University in Rexburg, ID.

Style: My work is realistic and traditional with a contemporary flare.

Creative Spark: I am inspired by getting out. I spend a lot of time in the greater Yellowstone National Park region. I’m always taking pictures to capture the character of the land, animals, and moment that I’m experiencing. The challenge to create something beyond a copy of a photograph gets my juices flowing.

Second-Choice Career: A teacher, because I am one.

Other Passions: I love fishing, and I am a real serious nut for catching fish through the ice.

One Thing People Don’t Know About You: In every painting, I usually have a favorite brush stroke that I can point out.

Biggest Fear: Losing the function of my hands or my eyes.

Pet Peeve: When someone talks about my painting career as a fun little hobby.

Quirkiest Trait: When a painting is working out well and I’m by myself, I throw out some awesome dance moves.

Mantra or Motto: My talent is a gift, and I have the responsibility to use it to bring joy and beauty into the lives of others.

Favorite Studio Music: Instrumental.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: Greg Beecham’s wildlife art.

Future Goals: Getting my work accepted into the Prix de West show.

Price Range: $625 to $7,500.

Representation: North Mountain Gallery, Cody, WY; Mountain Trails Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Dick Idol Signature Gallery, Whitefish, MT.

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