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Kenney paints outside, oil on stretched canvas, with a palette knife and an occasional brush. He draws inspiration from scenery in Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. Success, he says, comes from keeping the end in sight and never giving up on the vision.
“I called on 100 galleries with my work and 98 of them said no. I didn’t want to quit just before I was successful,” he said.
He shouldn’t be surprised. His grandmother began a successful painting career at age 65. He credits his wife and four children, his instructors and other artists for mentoring him.
At first, purchasers were friends and acquaintainces. Now, contacts come through his website, www.timkenneyart.com, and through the galleries.
“Now, I’m selling paintings to people that I don’t know,” he said. “I guess if you were to put a headline on my life, this could be called my second act.”