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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

Monday, February 21, 2011

update on the Cape Anne Painting, Maywood library exhibit, and Garrison

Its been a couple of days since the last post and I've been delinquent in my painting accountability. The Maine Barn painting is still in the drying phase for the barn portion, but it should be okay tomorrow. Here is the progress on my Cape Anne.

I still have not heard from the Maywood Library people, so I will call tomorrow. Meanwhile, my photogrpher friend Denise has been busy emailing all the libraries in the BCCL database and is going into Maywood also with her photos, so we will be co-exhibitors.

I checked out a few more places with art, one being Garrison which is an artsy little town across the Hudson from West Point. Nice Place, but the cost of a table there is huge - 285 for a standard table and 500 - 1000 for an area in the food court. Here's the site

I was also checking out the Cold Springs festival, another very nice little Hudson River down with an active arts community. In checking out the application I noticed a table pricing error - a 20x20 is $185 and an 8 foot is only $14. I emailed the promoter about it.

Check out the site. its got some really nice pictures.

Both these need NY state tax id numbers and a resale cetificate. Is it worth the hassle?


  1. Do I understand this right to mean that you and Denise will be exhibiting simultaneously at Maywood Public Library? Let me know what happens there. I would love to be able to write about and promote my friends. : )

  2. Also, you may want to check out cafepress.com as well. Can you put your designs on mouse pads with zazzle? (I don't remember.) But I'm pretty sure you can with cafe press.