About Me

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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

Saturday, May 28, 2016

What is art trickery

It happens in many fields - food, art, politics when the experts and regular folk get bamboozled by pranksters or just plain mistaken identity.In 2014 food critics at a the annual food convention in Houten in The Netherlands where served MacDonald food, being told is was “new, organic alternative to fast food”. The critics loved it.
In the art realm, there can be a lot of confusion as to what is intentional or accidental art. If it's in a gallery setting, then what's sitting around unattended must be art. The casual museum goer be as well as seasoned professionals can be fooled. The story comes of a museum where a prankster left a pair of glasses on the floor of a gallery and everyone got all excited about it. It was a prank but soon took a life of its own to be considered a sort of performance piece. Check out the article here.
Also check out this article 9 signs youre an art snob

Saturday, May 14, 2016

New painting: Blue Rocks Nova Scotia Fishing Shed

Here is my second painting using the photography of Catherine Rose on Facebook . This is of a very popular fishing shed in Blue Rocks Nova Scotia.