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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, November 30, 2011

Comments from George the Janitor at Cliffside Park Library

So, today is that last day of my Cliffside Park Library display. I usually leave a comment book and got some nice comments, but no sales. The head librarian mentioned that many poeple made positive comments to her about them, but of course no sales.
As I'm lugging my paintings to the car, there's a couple of maintenance guys working on something and one of them, George, call out to me and starts giving a very positive critique of my work. He especially liked by blue (ocean) and pink (Central Park) paintings (see examples below). He said for him, they reached across the room and grabbed him. His final comment was, someday people will find you and realize what great stuff you do.
Nice to hear.
Tomorrow, the West Elm / Etsy event.

Quote: The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel. Piet Mondrian

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