Profile: Jeanne Mackenzie
"I think that some of the best paintings
Both of my parents had an artistic eye but were not artists. My father taught geology and geography and I grew up with descriptive terms such as alluvial fan, lenticular clouds and riparian landscapes. Our road trips were not to amusement parks or cities, but to the desert to view the poppies or the beaches to catch the sunsets. I credit my father for helping me to look at nature with a totally different eye.
As many artists will share, going to school for the arts in the 70s was a frustrating time. If you wanted to paint representationally or craved a more academic approach in the arts, you were instead encouraged to throw out the basics and just do "your own thing". I had thought of going into scientific illustration, just so I could draw, but the courses were filled with the science majors. Instead I learned to do as the instructor asked and graduated with honors. But I came away with the feeling that I was a charlatan and had not learned anything.
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