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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 1, 2013

New Painting: Fishing Boats - Menemsha Harbor

I love Martha's Vineyard, one of the islands off the southern New England coast with a long history in the fishing industry, It has many quain towns with their own individual character. My friends and I go there in June to bike around the island on the cheap (staying in the hostel in East Tisbury) and I usually do the cooking (salmon cooked in a pineapple salsa anyone?) . Our usual route in to head for the Gayhead Lighthouse and a few other places and end up in the fishing village of Menemsha. We go to Larsens to pick up some fresh fish and to have a pre-dinner feast of stuffed quohogs and quohog chowder. Delicious!
The new picture is below and of course maybe purchase some  mugs or bags with this image. One little oddity here: the orange boat is perched atop the Big Lady boat. I paint from pictures and it puzzeld me at first, but checking other pictures of my own and on the 'net showed it from different angles. Strange!

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