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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, October 24, 2013

Hurricane Sandy Art Show at Bergen Community: I may do my own paintings

Hurricane Sandy left a huge mark on New Jersey, not just the ravaged Jersey Shore, but also on how our electronic lives were disrupted. I took many pictures of people sitting on the floor huddled around the power ports at the Garden State Plaza in Paramus. The 3 malls in Paramus had their own power supply so people flocked to them to have what I called Post-apocolyptic Electronic Campfires. Never thought about trying to paint some of them until this article appeared in The Record of North Jersey about a Hurricane Sandy Art Exhibit  at Bergen Community College. I will have to do them faceless, which is a style I like. This will enable viewers to put themselves in to the picture. Maybe create my own sub-genre.
There's a great photo of the huge waves from Sandy surrounding the Ocean Grove fishing pier which I thought would make a great painting. but never did it. I may attempt that, too. Stay tuned!

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