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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

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My January Art Show at the Cresskill Library is now open!

So now begins my art show for the month of January at the Cresskill
Library. I spent an hour or so setting up my art show. The previous artist had not taken her work down yet, so the librarian Catlin Hull took them down for me.

As I was setting up, there was an older gentleman using the library and seemed impressed with what I had painted, how I painted and especially the presentation. He like the "unobtrusive" framing of it, saying it did not take away from the painting itself and the way I distributed paintings of the same color scheme. Gave some very encouaging comments and wrote some nice comments in my comment book. Below are a few pictures of the setup. Come and enjoy a few moments of serenity.

Quote: What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter.
Henri Matisse

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