Sunny McKinnon takes her inspiration from the outdoors, particularly the organic forms found in nature and the calm of the country. Her media jumps from black-and-white charcoal drawings to traditional oil paintings to, most recently, landscapes rendered in pastels. A native Texan, her work continues to be influenced by the flat coastal plains and the muted colors of her childhood.
I am drawn to the geometry and colors of nature and the landscape; most especially, marks and the way they move and intersect on the plane of a paper or canvas. I like to include surprises, sensations – even a little puzzlement or mystery. Sunny McKinnon
Born in the small town of Cuero, Sunny grew up watching her mother spend afternoons in her converted terrace studio hosting painting sessions and enjoying the artistic process. Her own interest in art began at the University of Texas, with art history and architecture classes. She has always studied art and continues to challenge herself in classes at the MFAH Glassell School of Art and in workshops with artists throughout the country. She is a member of the Pastel Society of Southeast Texas.