About Me

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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

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Interesting statue - The Tripping Policeman

I came across this on something Lori McNee posted on her Fine Art Tips FB page showing 10 unusual sculpture. Love this one, The Tripping Policeman, the rest were more in the soft porn realm. The link to the picture is below.


Quote: I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New Painting - Barn in Fall - Warwick NY.

I love riding th back roads of rural areas and finding interesting barns and other things. This one I came across on the back roads of Warwick, New York. Love the multi-level construction, almost like an architectual waterfall. As usual, the image of this painting will be available on different products from Zazzle, Fineartamerica and other sites. Visit the Merchandising area of this blog

Quote: The beautiful is in nature, and it is encountered under the most diverse forms of reality. Once it is found it belongs to art, or rather to the artist who discovers it. Gustave Courbet

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New Painting - Neil's Harbor and Lighthouse - Nova Scotia

One of my favorite places is Nova Scotia. Its full of wonderful fishing harbor scenes and lighthouses and other great scenery.Did I mention also the great seafood, too? It's also a rather Scottish place,especialy in Cape Breton. I was staying in Baddeck and heard bagpipes coming across the Bras D'or. I have friends who love going there, too, so I get to use their pictures in paintings. This painting is from a photo by Joe Madsen.

This painting is of Neil's Harbor and Lighthouse in Cape Breton. A small but picturesque fishing village with some great seafood houses to get a good meal!
I added this to my Mugsbyjack store, so check it out in my Merchandising section above this post!

Quote: Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion. Vincent Van Gogh

Thursday, October 13, 2011

New painting - Anchor on Panel - a "commission" from my 12 year old nephew

I've mentioned that I will do commissions of favorite landscapes style photos. My sister-in-law sent me the following picture, saying my 12 year old nephew wanted a painting of it.

Its not quite a landscape painting, ut its hard to refuse a request from family, so I did. It will be his Christmas present. I'm sure I will be getting "commissions" from his brother and sister (10yrs and 8yrs) soon. Heres the painting.

Quote: Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion. Vincent Van Gogh

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New picture of old painting - the Ashuelot Covered Bridge in New Hampshire

New Hampshire is full of covered bridges and this is the Ashuelot bridge in Winchester Vermont. I painted it in 2003 & I never had a really good picture of this until now.

In the past I gave away my paintings and neglected to keep track of who I gave them to. My years working at the Met Museum gave me an appreciation for the history of each painting. This one I gave to my church's Christian School as an auction item to raise money for the school. At the auction, two of my friends, who did not know each other, began a brief bidding war. The painting went for about 75 dollars. After the auction, the winner moved and the painting was lost in the boxes and I forgot which painting it was. It was recently unboxed and the owner gave it to me for one of my exhibitions.

Quote: There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun. - Pablo Picasso

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Accepting commissions - I will do a painting of your vacation house - check example

I think I've mentioned before that several friends have suggested I do painting of either peoples primary houses or their vacation homes. Well here is an example of a painting I did of a relative's vacation-now-primary home on Lake Pleasant in Speculator New York in the Adirondack Park area.

I am accepting commissions to do a painting of your primary or vacation home. the basic procedure is to email me several photos of the house and I will begin work on it. My fee for this is (as of now) 250 dollars. I have no idea what the market for this is, so we shall see. Hope to hear from you!

quote: An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
James McNeill Whistler

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Pascack Art Association Member's show - I have 3 paintings in it.

The PAA's Members show is open at the Hawthorne, NJ library. They are having a reception and judging on Sat, but I will be out of town. Here's the NorthJersey.com link to it


and my Flickr slide show of the setup

My three paintings are 1) Fishing Boats - Tarifa Spain 2) Tire Swing in Winter - Maine & 3) Cherry Trees - The Sketcher

Quote: Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. Oscar Wilde