Mark McKenna – 2020 Brinton 101
Born in Logan, Utah, Mark McKenna lives in Powell, Wyoming, and has lived in the West all of his life. His art is deeply inspired by the beauty of the land and a love of the outdoors. From a young age, he was hunting and fishing as well as hiking and backpacking in the mountains and knew from early on that he had a passion for art. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Brigham Young University – Idaho. Following his work as an illustrator with several publishing companies, he has taught art at Cody High School since 2011. Mark has studied under the tutelage of Dan Burr, Leon Parson, Gerald Griffin, Jim Wilcox and Greg Beecham. He has been represented in numerous exhibitions in the U.S. and Canada, including the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale in Cody, WY in 2012 and 2013; Western Masters Art Show & Sale in Great Falls, MT in 2014; National Museum of Wildlife Art’s 3rd Annual Plein Air Fest in Jackson, WY in 2014, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s 4th Annual Plein Air Fest in 2015; and the Heart of the West Show (Western Masters) in Coeur d’Alene, ID in 2015.