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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

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sold a painting - Portland Head Light at Sunrise

For me, selling a painting is a rare event. I just sold my most recent painting - the Portland Head Light at Sunrise that I it from a picture from the FB page Michael Blanchette Photography to a couple from my church Bob & Sue Blumenstock. A bit of a story here:

Last summer I ran the 1st annual  First Baptist Summer Art Gallery at my church. This was to try and draw out the artists of many different types and styles to show their talents and it was very successful. I, of course, showed my paintings as well. Bob and Sue Blumenstock are long time family friends and church members and expressed interest in buying one of my paintings but could not decide which one. No rush! The decision making went on until my church's recent mission conference, where several of the missionaries we support come and we have 4 days of meetings and a banquet to get re-aquainted with  them and hear what they've been doing. The theme was Fisher's of  Men, so there were nautical decorations around the church, including a small sailboat on stage with various types of fishing gear and my nautical paintings (lighthouses and fishing boat) on the window sills - 16 in all. As soon as Bob and Sue saw the Portland Head painting, they knew that was the one. 
       what it looked like on the church window sill                 and Bob and Sue with the painting

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