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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, August 22, 2011

Next Library Show - Park Ridge Library in September.

I've been setting up further library shows and my next one is at the Park Ridge, NJ Library. Here's their website.


Its a small library that shares the building with the borough hall. They have a very flexible program, basically you can stay there until someone else want to display. There is a photographer there right now who's been there since May and I will set up when she removes her stuff.
The library does a lot to help promote the show, putting it in the local media, website and newsletter. The 2 spaces are interesting, too. One is the entrance hallway that it shares with the town hall. It will hold about twenty six paintings using standard display method and is accessible even when the library is closed. The second is in the library and is called The Mystery Room since it holds all the Mystery Books. Here you just put them on top of the book shelves and lean them against the wall.
The Librarian, Ellen Evans, was very helpful. Stay tuned for the opening date.

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