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Paramus, New Jersey, United States
No, this in not a blog about gardening in any way, but a journal of my journey to become a professional landscape painting artist. For years, I’ve given my paintings as wedding gifts without thinking of profiting in some way from it. I worked for 18 years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC as a computer programmer. I have been a painter since 1990, coincidentally, when I started working at the Met. I watched Bob Ross do his thing on Channel 13 in New York and decided I could do this, too. I have no formal training. I incorporate Bob's wet-on-wet technique for sky and water. My subject matter is covered bridges, lighthouses, fishing village scenes, barns, etc. Maine, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Nova Scotia and Spain are some of the places I have painted. My style is detailed and sometimes people think a photo of the painting is an actual photo of the scene. I hope to continue and grow in this medium. I also like to cook & dance. I am also a committed Christian. I am taking commissions - painting your landscapes style photos or your vacation home. Prices on request. contact me - Jackmck@juno.com my website is www.artofjackmckenzie.com

Saturday, January 8, 2011

more "blizzard" painting

Well another snow storm. smaller than the last one(3 1/2 inches) has shut down all other Friday night activities so I'm working on several paintings. The storm was going pretty good most of the morning and afternoon, but my painting muse was not active. My photographer muse was. So after the plows came thru, the shoveling done and the snow stopped by 2 I went to the local park (Van Saun Park) by way of Dunkin Donuts and took some pictures around the park. The one displayed may be the most interesting.

After supper I worked while watching a tape of TV shows I recorded (Dancing With the Stars) I worked on 3 paintings - another Jackson's Mill Bridge, Menemsha Pond Row Boats, and a fishing boat with Church in background in Cape Ann. I am about to start another Brandt Point Lighthouse From the Ferry painting, this one showing 3 furled sailboats an anchor in front of it. Looks cool.


  1. I like your snowy bridge photo from the park. You should try painting from this photo some time. It sounds like you are quite busy with your painting projects. That's great!