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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

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Vermont Covered Bridge Destruction - my Taftsville CV paintings

Covered bridges are one of my favorite painting subjects. It was sad to see via all sorts of media, that several Vermont covered bridges, including the Bartonsville bridge (the longest in the state) were destroyed or heavily damaged by Hurricane Irene. I have a photo or two of the Bartonsville bridge and will be doing a couple of paintings of it.
One that withstood a lot of punishment but was damaged was the Taftsville covered bridge, a favorite of mine. I've done 3 paintings of it and have pictures I've taken to do one or two more. It a very picturesque bridge with a man-mad waterfall/dam just above it. Google the bridge to check out the damage. Here are my 3 Taftsville paintings. One is early in my painting career and looks that way. I'm adding one of a bridge I cant identify. Enjoy my tribute to the covered bridges of Vermont.

Quote: The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
::: Michelangelo :::


  1. Make sure you get these made into mugs & magnets & other stuff... then make sure to market on sites linked to Vermont & Hurricane Irene. I'm telling ya, these will go like gangbusters.

  2. I think Julie may have some good advice. :) Of these, I like #2 and #4 the best.

  3. Sadly The images I have are old pictures that I scanned in and do not have enough "body" to be useful as cards. They come out very small, except on mugs.