Artist, Brennen McElhaney was born in 1968 in Santa Barbara, California. He studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1990.
After art school Brennen worked as a graphic illustrator for Big Dog Sportswear for 11 years and served on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Art Association. During that time he began painting in earnest and had a number of group and one-man art shows at galleries in the Southern California area.
In 2005, Brennen and his family, relocated from California to Asheville, North Carolina where Brennen works as a professional artist, illustrator, and art director.
Brennen is a signature member and president of the Western North Carolina Plein Air Painters group and is a strong advocate for the arts in the Asheville art community.