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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 14, 2012

Celebrating Monet's birthday - Nov 14th

Claude Monet's is one of my favorite painter and, since its his birthday today,  I just had to do a post on him.. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (where I worked for 18 years) has a large collection of his work and I spent many a lunch hour there (when I wasn't in the Chinese and Japanese galleries. Here is the link to the Met's bio of him Monet . Given that he's known for the bright colors of his paintings, one of my favorites is a winter scene called "Ice Floes".

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