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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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New painting: Star of the Sea Youth Hostel - Nantucket.

For the past few Septembers, by friends and I have gone to Nantucket, an  island off the New England coast, to stay at this hostel and bike around the island. Nantucket is a beautiful place. Google it.
The hostel used to be a life saving station a few yard from the beach, but the shifting sands of Nantucket soon moved the beach a half a mile away. Its usefulness came to an end. It eventually ended up as a hostel. Along with the one on Martha's Vineyard, it is considered one of the best in the system. The past few times it was run by a women who lives in either New Mexico or Arizona. Nice gig!
This is an 11 x 14 oil on canvas board.

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