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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

Monday, August 26, 2013

Its nice to know I have a recognizable style.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my family and I  and many of my friends have been going to the Christian family camp in the Adirondacks called Camp-of-the-Woods for many years. I have done a number of paintings of Camp. Three of them are hanging in the stairway to the 3rd floor of the main lodge called Purdy Center.

One family, the Zubers, have been going there many years, too. One daughter, Janet, who is my age, met her husband there while on staff. They have not been there for many years, so they all decided to go last week. Janet was walking up the stairs, saw the paintings and said to her mother that they looked like my style of painting. Closer inspection revealed my signature on them. They took pictures of the paintings.

When I walked into church this Sunday, the mother, Ellie, handed me a envelope containing the pictures, saying they were thrilled to see my work in display. Nice to know I have a recognizable style! 

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