I love to bring happiness into people’s lives and I love to give as I have been given. I am very grateful for my artistic ability to interpret the beauty and mystique of the human figure; thus, it comes naturally to me to want to draw and paint portraits. We all seek to capture the essence of our loved ones in some lasting form, to treasure for a lifetime. Using my talent to provide a way for this to happen, is something that allows me to be true to myself, and offer a classical piece of fine art for ages to come.
My style of painting is based on traditional, classical portraiture, with emphasis on value and fine detail of the figure. I approach each painting with the same goal in mind, to capture the essence of the person in a setting appropriate to his or her character. Every commission presents a whole set of new discoveries and opportunities, as unique as the individual I am painting. I strive to understand my subject, so as to allow me to see his or her inner self. My objective is always to produce a beautifully rendered interpretation of the subject.
To learn more about me and my approach read the Blog Post about my story.
Vicars “Vicky” Lynn McKinney is an alumnus of The Harris School of Art, Franklin, Tennessee. In the years following Harris School, she continued her education with some of the most influential portrait artists of our time; notably, University of North Carolina art professor and mentor, Ron Taylor; Everett Raymond Kinstler of New York City; Cedric and Joanette Egeli of Edgewater, Maryland; Michael Shane Neal of Nashville, Tennessee; John De La Vega of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
2014 holds twenty-five years of commission portrait work for Vicky, in both the private and public sector. Numerous commissioned portraits hang in homes and offices throughout the Southeast. Institutional portraits include the Virginia Court of Appeals; the Supreme Court of Virginia; the retiring physician and founder of Holston Medical Group, Kingsport, Tennessee; Chief of Staff for Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon, Virginia; and illustrations for the Marine Corp Gazette.
Vicky is a member of the Portrait Society of America and the Art Alliance of Raleigh. She and her husband, Harry, happily reside in Raleigh, North Carolina.