Artist Paints 50 Landscape Paintings Capturing the Natural Beauty of Every U.S. State

State Paintings by Emily Kenney

25 paintings from the “50 States” series
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Visiting all 50 states of the U.S. is a goal for many people, but making the trip to each one isn't easy. However, even if traveling may be difficult, there are other ways to tour these places. Texas-based artist Emily Kenney celebrates the natural beauty of the United States by painting a landscape or seascape for each state.

The completed series, aptly entitled 50 States, depicts the scenery of California, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and more in Kenney's airy, impressionistic painting style. The artist was inspired to embark on this project after moving from Michigan to Texas in 2020. The limitations of the pandemic forced her to spend more time indoors, so she used her painting skills to travel to some of the most beautiful natural places across the United States. “I decided to create work that would bring the outdoors in, and document the beauty that can be found wherever you may live,” Kenney tells My Modern Met. This initial idea then blossomed into the 50 States series.

Since Kenney wasn't able to travel as much as she wanted to, she had to find other ways to sightsee. “I didn't set any specific requirements for choosing my state landscapes besides wanting to find the most beautiful, natural places (no cityscapes) that I could from each state,” Kenney continues. “I enjoy reading travel blogs, flipping through national park books, and I follow several photographers on social media whom I have asked permission to use their photos as painting references.”

You can purchase prints and original art via Kenney's Etsy shop, find more merch on her Society6 store, and keep up to date with the artist's latest creations by following her on Instagram.

Texas-based artist Emily Kenney created a stunning landscape painting for every one of the 50 states in the U.S.

State Paintings by Emily Kenney

All paintings from the “50 States” series

State Landscape Painting by Emily Kenney

New Mexico

State Landscape Painting by Emily Kenney

Arkansas

State Landscape Painting by Emily Kenney

Utah

State Landscape Painting by Emily Kenney

Georgia

State Paintings by Emily Kenney

Vermont

State Paintings by Emily Kenney

Tennessee

State Paintings by Emily Kenney

Virginia

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Minnesota

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Delaware

State Landscape Painting by Emily Kenney

Iowa

State Landscape Painting by Emily Kenney

Mississippi

State Landscape Painting by Emily Kenney

California

State Landscape Painting by Emily Kenney

Wyoming

State Paintings by Emily Kenney

Kansas

State Paintings by Emily Kenney

Kentucky

State Paintings by Emily Kenney

Ohio

State Paintings by Emily Kenney

New Hampshire

State Landscape Painting by Emily Kenney

Pennsylvania

State Landscape Painting by Emily Kenney

Nevada

State Landscape Painting by Emily Kenney

North Dakota

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Montana

State Paintings by Emily Kenney

Hawaii

State Paintings by Emily Kenney

Arizona

State Paintings by Emily Kenney

Idaho

State Landscape Painting by Emily Kenney

North Carolina

State Landscape Painting by Emily Kenney

Michigan

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New York

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Rhode Island

State Landscape Painting by Emily Kenney

Florida

State Landscape Painting by Emily Kenney

Illinois

State Landscape Painting by Emily Kenney

Texas

State Landscape Painting by Emily Kenney

Nebraska

State Paintings by Emily Kenney

Alaska

State Paintings by Emily Kenney

Maryland

State Paintings by Emily Kenney

Massachusetts

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Missouri

State Landscape Painting by Emily Kenney

South Carolina

State Landscape Painting by Emily Kenney

Colorado

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Louisiana

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Maine

State Paintings by Emily Kenney

Wisconsin

State Paintings by Emily Kenney

New Jersey

State Landscape Painting by Emily Kenney

West Virginia

State Landscape Painting by Emily Kenney

Indiana

State Paintings by Emily Kenney

Oklahoma

State Paintings by Emily Kenney

Montana

State Paintings by Emily Kenney

Alaska

State Paintings by Emily Kenney

Oregon

State Landscape Painting by Emily Kenney

Connecticut

State Landscape Painting by Emily Kenney

South Dakota

Emily Kenney: Etsy | Society6 | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Emily Kenney.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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