Morgan E. McKinney

Morgan E. McKinney
Studio:4814 Rodney Road, Richmond, VA 23230
Studio / Cell: 804-389-9371


Morgan E. McKinney was born in the coal-mining town of Maplewood, West Virginia, and grew up in the central Virginia area. A  passion and affinity for art emerged from an early interest in drawing anything, and everything, in his mostly rural surroundings. This enthusiasm, and endless creativity, occupied most of his time during adolescence.

While studying at Virginia Commonwealth University, Morgan’s vocation in the graphic arts world began with a  position in advertising production, with a Richmond based company. Other career positions that followed, included mechanical artist, graphic artist, art director, graphic and structural designer, and manager of corporate graphic arts for an international paper manufacturer. During much of this time, Morgan supplemented his income as a musician. His last few years in the graphic arts industry involved sales for printing and digital pre-press companies in Virginia and Minnesota. With the demands of a full time career that included travel, and many midnight press checks, he found there was little time for this true ambition. In 2003, he made the life altering decision to change that, and decided to devote all of his time to painting.

Working in both oil and water media, Morgan’s contemporary realism paintings are heavily influenced by his love of boats, sailing, and architecture. His fascination of light and shadow, and his desire to retain the purity of color is evident, and in much of Morgan’s work, this purity is achieved by the fragmentation of both light and color. Dedication to craftsmanship and technical accuracy, and the use of premium archival materials, are very integral to Morgan’s work.

Morgan offers his original paintings, as well as both canvas and paper, limited edition, archival pigment prints of his originals.

In appreciation of the Chesapeake Bay area, one of the major sources of Morgan’s inspiration, 5% of net-profit from each nautical themed, limited edition, paper, archival pigment print is donated to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. CBF is dedicated to the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. Its “Save the Bay” programs include environmental advocacy, environmental education, and habitat restoration throughout the Bay watershed.