KAMLOOPS ARTS COUNCIL
Art in the Park
My name is Judy Mackenzie. Primarily, I am a landscape painter; I love all the facets of this part of BC — the dry hills, which are covered with wild flowers in the spring, the golden fall aspens which surround the many small lakes in the area, the clay hoodoos on the bank of the river. I paint in acrylics, most often using a heavy gel texture which accepts the application of paint in a much different manner than regular painting. I usually work in the studio from my own photos, as the texture takes overnight to dry, before the glazes of colour are applied over top. I finish the painting with pure vivid colour which just touches the raised texture, giving my art its distinctive style.
A Conversation with the Artist:
Name: Judy Mackenzie
Medium: Painting, and drawing.
How long have you been doing your art: I have been painting and drawing most of my life, but more so in the last 20 years.
What got you originally interested in the art you do: I attended an art workshop with David Langevin, and was immediately intrigued by his use of texture and coloured glazes. I have been inspired by his methods, but have gone off on my own tangent, to hopefully develop my own recognizable style, and not copy his.
What is something you have learned about yourself through your art: I have learned to pace myself, and to paint in the steps that work, not rushing to the finish.
What do you enjoy the most about your art: I lose myself in my painting, loving the colours and textures.
What is your favorite joke/quote: “Painters aren’t just recorders” from a handout by Debbie Milner.
If you could teach everyone one art medium or method, what would it be, why: I would (and have) taught students how to use texture.
What do you think makes art important: I think art is something which should attract, inspire, and involve people.
What is something most people don’t know about you: Most people don’t know that I teach beginners Tai Chi.
Why are you a member of the Kamloops Arts Council: I became a member of the KAC because I needed a venue to display and (hopefully) sell my art. In joining the KAC, I found some very helpful and friendly people whom I deeply appreciate.
What are you looking forward to the most in this upcoming year (A special show or project you’re working on): I am looking forward to getting back to normal in the upcoming year. I recently had help putting my art on the internet, to reach a bigger audience.