The Norman Transcript


March 9, 2014

Norman artist’s goal: 50 paintings, 50 states, 50 days

NORMAN — Norman artist Tim Kenney’s work has been “discovered” in recent years. His abstract and impressionist paintings of trees and forests are in demand in Norman and throughout the southwest where he shows in galleries.

He thought up the idea of painting 50 paintings in 50 states in 50 days and began sharing it with a few friends and family members.

Lots of people drive through 50 states in 50 days but he couldn’t find any record of someone stopping to paint.

The more he talked it up, the more people offered to buy paintings and provide him lodging.

“We can’t stop now,” he said. “It’s time to do it.”


In mid-May, after a daughter’s wedding, Tim and Debbie Kenney will load up 50 stretched canvases, hook up a trailer and head out on the road. He plans to paint in areas that he is familiar with and other places where the road leads him. Suggestions are coming in from many directions.

“I’ve had it all mapped out for five or six months,” he said.

He’s donating 10 percent of his trip proceeds to the Nicole Jarvis MD. Parkinson’s Resarch Foundation in Norman. He also plans to blog along the way at

He uses palette knives and heavy texture and paints on stretched canvas. He shows his work in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Breckenridge, Colorado and Santa Fe, New Mexico. His inspiration comes from his lifelong love of fly fishing and camping in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah with his family and friends.


His work suffered a setback in February when the family’s detatched garage caught fire. He lost about 50 paintings as well as other items stored in the garage.

It was work he would have shown at the May Fair this spring and at galleries in New Mexico and Colorado.

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