His paintings are coming home, too. The 30x40-inch oil works will be on display at a reception from
Nearly half of the paintings have already been sold to collectors from around the country and abroad, with 20 percent of the proceeds going to benefit the Nicole Jarvis, M.D., Parkinson's
The whole idea began a year ago April, when he began to ponder the feasibility and cool quotient of such a trip. He wanted to do something that would create a buzz, something that would be a challenge and something that would raise money for a worthy cause.
It definitely garnered a lot of attention, from high profile art magazine Southwest Art, where Kenney's work appears in the new August edition, to a park in
Kenney said the whole trip was full of surprises, like painting the
"It was an amazing evening," he said. "We met about 140 nuns and 40 college counselors and everybody came and helped us paint and gave us (lighthearted) grief. The nuns fed us and gave us burgers and drinks. I'll just say it that way. It was classic. Then, my friend
Kenney completed the trip with a rotating cast of road companions: His wife, Debbie, brother Richard and age-old friend
It proved to be a worthy challenge, with fatigue, nasty weather, missed turns, a flat tire, running out of gas and car trouble, but Kenney said he always felt energized every time he stopped to paint. His friends teased him about finding something to paint in
"We found beauty in every state," Kenney said. "That sounds cliche, but it was beautiful in every state, the landscapes and the people. That was the one thing ... physical beauty, landscapes. We were in
The car broke down five times. Hoses had to be replaced. Then it was the fan belts. They needed a new water pump in
In the months leading up to the trip, the Kenney family dealt with a lot: A funeral, a wedding and a garage fire that saw 88 paintings go up in flames.
He just keeps going. He's only been back for a little over a week and at least 10 new paintings are drying atop his kitchen cabinets, out of reach of his two golden retrievers. Galleries rejected his works countless times, but he broke through. He never considered being an artist until he delivered a
He cut his teeth at the
"I showed up at the
Then he found his characteristic aspen trees.
Then the website came.
Then the galleries came.
Clearly, the lessons paid off. Now, he looks for chances to pay it forward.
Nicole Jarvis, who founded the Nicole Jarvis, M.D., Parkinson's
"When Tim donated one of his amazing paintings to my first Team Fox Parkinson's Gala auction in 2012, I knew of his work, but didn't really know him as a person," Jarvis said.
Now, I am so honored to call him my friend. His kind spirit and generosity are truly a blessing to all who know him, and his support of my foundation's work in the fight against Parkinson's disease means the world to me. He is helping 15,000 Oklahomans like myself with Parkinson's disease, and more than five million patients with Parkinson's worldwide. I can never thank him enough."
Kenney called himself a "young painter and an old man."
For all he's accomplished, it seems like he's just getting started.
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