- Jack McKenzie
- 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, May 12, 2014
I sold a painting: Nantucket Lighthouse - A View From the Ferry III
I've talked about my Nantucket paintings before and I finally sold one of them. Nantucket is one of three islands off the coast of Massachucets full of history and catering to the summer vacation crowds. I go there with some friends to stay at the Hostel and bike around the island. When you come into Nantucket by ferry, you do a semi-circle around the Brandt Point Lighthouse at the head of Nantucket Harbor before it heads into dock. I've taken a bunch of pictures at every point in that circle, usually from the upper deck of the ferry which gives me an added odd angle to the paintings. Ive done 4 painings of this lighthouse. This one had 3 sailboats at anchorage in front of it. The painting looks better than the picture, despite having tried several cameras.
I posted it on Fineartamerica, Zazzle and a few other sites. I finally got a hit from someone who say it on Fineartamerica. A man from Connecticut named Jack Nelson emailed me asking if the painting was still available. His family spends time on Nantucket and this was going to be a graduation present for his daughter. This was a week before graduation and it had to get there in time for him to get it framed which was not a problem via Fed-ex. It arrived on time and he liked it. I asked for a picture of them with the painting, since I like to have a record of who has it and it makes it more personal. The picture has not come yet, so when it comes, I will post it.