The concept for this series of paintings emerged during McKinney’s artist’s residency in Fremantle Australia in 2013.   She observed that most visitors to the gallery were invested in the autobiographical nature of the representation:   “People always want to know the "who" related to representational figurative painting. So, I started making them faceless, blurred or with many faces; to counteract the way we cling to a defining identification”.   Her added intention in this work is to present the phenomenal body as an evolving entity, altered by moving through time , quite unlike the simple autobiographical statement of the “selfie”.  The faces in her paintings reflect these multiple moments of existence producing an ambiguous sense of identity.   By questioning identity as an absolute state, McKinney challenges the conception of self and describes these paintings not as portraits but rather “anti-portraits”.   ‘McKinney holds a Master of Fine Arts , Painting and Drawing ,State University of New York at New Paltz, Master of Arts in Studio Art, State University of New York at Oswego, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design Cum Laude, State University of New York at Oswego. She has exhibited extensively in galleries in New York State.