With long shutter speeds and dusk lighting the artist captures urban photos from around the world and returns home to interpret them in the studio with these large scale palette knife oils on canvas.
Collaborator: Ron Mertz
Much of my work is plein air in pastel or oil, inspired from Chicago & destinations around the world. As a Master Pastelist, I teach across the US and in Europe and offer pastel products and videos.
Small outdoor paintings are most often plein air. The largest paintings are done in the studio from my own source material. I use between 12 to 16 colors on the palette. I always paint, a la prima.
I work with oil paint but I keep experimenting with different textures and materials as well. I choose to paint human body for simple reason: it’s a demanding subject. It requires constant learning.
My body of work is a mix of life like surreal illustrations of jazz scenes, cityscapes and African American history. I choose subject matter that provoke thought and emotions.
Oil on canvas in the realistic and simple style, the emphasis is on the procedure which works with light colors layer upon layer. It is different from traditional oil painting’s heavy techniques.
Beverly Hills, CA
As kids, most experiences are new, we lived those moments in the present, and simple things brought us the most joy. But this purity is easily forgotten. The paintings of McKenzie Fisk bring us back to those times. While they represent imagined memories, relatable childhood moments allow the viewer to enter and experience the depicted scene with memories of their own. There is no need for a verbal language to understand the work, the visual impact is a silent emotion, a feeling of peace with an understanding and mindfulness of the heart.
I work on canvas and wood panels prepped with acrylic gesso. I apply layers of oil paint, modified with liquid alkyd medium, with various brushes and pallet knives.