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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, 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

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