Artist Vicars Lynn McKinney

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Since my childhood in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky, drawing has captivated me.  I was especially fascinated with the expressive quality of faces.  During these early years, I discovered my God-given talent for drawing people, along with the gift of spiritual insight and empathy.  These traits form the basis of my motivation to be a portrait artist. 
I began my formal education at the Harris School of Art in Nashville, Tennessee.  This unique, small school offered a classic and fundamental art education, providing a solid foundation on which to begin my journey as a portrait artist.  Curriculum included a thorough study of perspective drawing and color, anatomical sculpting and life painting.  Using only the three primary colors to mix a full-range palette was a must for all students, but only after a lengthy study of painting in monochromatic color.   The specialized training I received helped to develop strong skills and principles, enabling me to work with more accuracy and confidence.
I have continued to refine my portrait painting skills by studying with some of the most influential portrait artists of our time, including Everett Raymond Kinstler at the Art Students League of New York, Cedric and Joanette Egeli, Michael Shane Neal, John De La Vega and Ron Taylor.  My perpetual desire to grow as an artist keeps me striving to seek new opportunities to study the fine art of oil portraiture.  
My painting career began in Abingdon, Virginia, when I was awarded the commission to paint the portrait of the retiring artistic director of the Barter Theatre.      Since then, numerous commissioned portraits have been completed and hang in homes and offices throughout the Southeast.  Corporate commissions include the Virginia Court of Appeals, Chief of Staff for Johnston Memorial Hospital and illustrations for the Marine Corp Gazette. 
I am a member of the Portrait Society of [...]

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