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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, August 30, 2012

My September Show At Montclair Library is finally up

After a false start yesterday, I went to Blick Art Supply, got the picture hangers and  got the pictures up today!
First about the town of Montclair. Its a very artsy, student oriented town with Montclair State University nearby. There are many art galleries and restaurants. The Section the library is in is called Montclair Center. on Bloomfield Avenue with the Montclair Art Museum nearby.
The  Montclair Public Library reflects the attitude.
As you go in, turn to the left and you come to the Terra at the Isabel Rose Cafe (fair trade of course) and then next right is a long hallway where the paintings go. Theres an events dining room right next to it, so there.s a lot a traffic, not like some libraries that put it in a "Community Room" in the back. Again, Linda Welch was most helpful in setting this up. She did not have a display table available at the time, so I left my painters cards, comments book and bio with her to set up. We will see what happens. Check the museum's website for their hours. So make a day of it!
Check out the LIbrary,head for nearby Church Street and get a cappuccino, check out a gallery or have lunch or dinner.

and the ever helpful Linda Welch

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