Tom McKinney is an illustrator, designer and now prolific watercolorist and portrait artist. He studied at the John Hussian Schools of Art and the Philadelphia College of Art. McKinney paints that which he loves in life, images from the black community, painting in the spirit of the whose life he has touched. He expresses in his portraits an understanding of his varied subjects. His attention to his portrayal of many of the old jazz greats. such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane. His gentle portrayals of neighborhood people and especially the elderly have a similar poignancy, compassion, warmth and familiarity.
Tom has travelled extensively throughout the United States exhibiting his art in many different venues. He also traveled to Europe to exhibit for the Armed Forces. He has been featured on the Armed Forces Network in Germany and Alaska. He also exhibited his work in Brazil and Hawaii. Tom was chosen to create a calendar for Aetna and his work was used for the Migrant Referral Project Conference. Tom has been featured in many publications throughout the country and has made numerous television appearances. In addition, to his countless awards, his works are represented in innumerable corporate corporate institutional and private collections. Tom has also worked for and with many vocal artists the like of Teddy Pendergrass and Grover Washington, Jr. His works has appeared on television sets “Bill Cosby Show”, “Bustin Loose” and “Franks Place”. He continues to exhibit his work for private institutions.
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