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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, June 18, 2011

My Hillsdale Library show press, both print and online & works in progress - West Chop Lighthouse and Pine Grove Covered Bridge

Its nice to get press mentions of whatever shows you are doing and I got two this weekend, both from my local statewide newspaper The Record. both print and online and both for the Hillsdale NJ Library show, not the Secaucus show.

First online - I kind of wish they had said the artwork, but it will do! It has my blog on it, so I hope for more traffic on it.

I posted this on Facebook and Twitter and one friend (thanks Cesar) re-posted it! Hope more do!

...and the print. This was in The Records's Better Living Friday supplement in the Things To Do section. I did not realize this, but a friend (thanks Rudy) saw it and emailed me his congratulations.

My two works in progress - The West Chop Lighthouse in Marthas Vineyard and the Pine Grove Covered Bridge in Lancaster, are almost finished. Should be done by mid-week. I will then start on a couple of NY Central Park/Cherry Tree paintings and maybe another Nantucket lighthouse picture

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