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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, August 7, 2012

Gotta celebrate this one - National Lighthouse Day 2012

Since lighthouses are one of my main painting genres, It is only natural that I help celebrate National Lighthouse Day. I'm not sure what is is about them that draws me to them.  Being a Christian, we talk about Jesus being our lighthouse, ocean captains have long depended on them to steer them from dangerous rocks, they just look so majestic in their oceanside settings, men attempting to pierce the stormy darkeness to guide others home to name just a few reasons.
Here are a few of my lighthouse paintings - Enjoy!

And here's one of the links concerning this day - article/national-lighthouse-day-2012-events-celebrating-america-s-iconic-guiding-light

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