Kenna Westerman got her first camera by saving sugar coupons at the age of eight years old. Inspired by watching her grandparents constantly taking photographs and movies, she began to freeze time with her camera at all family gatherings
Her two children became new subjects to photograph. Raising her children and working didn’t stop the creativity flow. However, it would be twenty years before painting resurface.
In the late eighties, she enrolled college at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She completed a bachelor of art degree in Psychology. After graduating, she enrolled in the master’s program of Social Work. Completing her master’s degree, she counseled many people, using a variety of art techniques to help with their healing process.
With the encouragement of her husband, Rusty, she started entering different art shows exhibiting her pastels and photography.
Her photographs have won 3rd place at the 2004 Arkansas State Fair and 1st place at the Fort Smith Art Gallery Exhibit. In 2005, her photographs won special recognition at the Upstream People Gallery in Omaha and second place at the 2005 Magnolia Art Festival in Arkansas. Two photos were selected for the 2006 Small Works on Paper, 19th Annual Competitive Exhibition sponsored by the Arkansas Artists Registry. Her photograph, “Forgotten”, was purchased by the Arkansas Art Council.
Her pastel works won 1st and 3rd place at the Arkansas State Fair. She is now learning to paint with watercolor.