Charles Fran Kenney
CHARLES "FRAN" KENNEY was born in Boston, Massachusetts (1919-2014). He came from a
long line of downeast seafarers, ship masters, owners and builders. He
studied oil painting at an early age under the direction of Margaret
Fizhue Brown, a well known Rockport artist. At the urging of his
father, he focused his talents almost entirely on marine art.
After serving with the United States Coast Guard in World War II, he
studied art in Boston, which led to a successful career as a commercial
artist. His realistic interpretation and thorough research of ships and
seas have led his paintings to be displayed in leading commercial
galleries and museums throughout the country.
His work has been reproduced on calendars and prints. Among his
commissions are those from the Raytheon Corporation, the U.S. Navy
Department and the Hartford Insurance company. He was an elected member
of the American Society of Marine Artists.