Morgan E. McKinney

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

Morgan E. McKinney is a painter of Contemporary Impressionism living in Richmond, Virginia. His distinctive style is influenced by a career as a graphic artist, a years long search for bright, vivid, saturated color, and a love/hate relationship with OCD. Painting full time since 2003, his quest for these vibrant colors led to the evolution of a unique approach. It involves painting individual segments with solid colors which have been premixed on the pallet, not blended and muddied on the canvas. Although slow and tedious, the distinct separation and purity of all colors and gradations, along with the impactful use of contrast and light, result in an almost mosaic, crystalline composition. His oil paintings, inspired by the love of sailing and architecture, are praised for evoking feelings of calmness and tranquility. “I want viewers to step into my paintings for a brief moment, pause, and experience light, color, and serenity the way I see it,”  says McKinney. “No deep contemplation required.”   

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, archival pigment paper 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.