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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, February 17, 2014

Michael Blanchette on my painting of his Portland Head Light photo

In my last post, I showed my painting of a photo of the Portland Head Lighthouse posted on Facebook by  Michael Blanchette Photography . I had his permission to paint it and he asked to see the results. He re-posted it on his page with the following comment - "Artist Jack Mckenzie has just completed this painting based on one of my recent photographs of Portland Head Light. It's always an honor to see new artwork based on your own!" 
Thanks Michael!

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