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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, May 25, 2014

Memorial Day - honoring my Mother's WWII service

My mother, Evelyn Machold Mckenzie, was the one who served in WWII. She was a captain the Nurses Corp (A pre-MASH unit) with Patton's 3rd Army. In the photo she is 2nd from right with her nurse's unit in training for Post D-Day deployment. Patton's England Biovac was a decoy to throw the Germans off from the real DDay plans. She went ashore on Omaha beach a month after D-Day because the artficial harbors were not ready. She worked 36 hours straight during the Battle of the Bulge,had German plans drop flare on her truck and other adventures. After VE-Day, she was supposed to be sent to the Pacific to work a hospital ship during the Invasion of Japan.
My brother and I used her Army trunk to carry our belongings when we went to boys camp in the Adirondacks and my brother uses it as a coffee table. I have her helmet.

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