ARTIST - JAMES MACKENZIE
James Mackenzie is a professional artist and an experienced qualified teacher. The Art & Sip classes and four week courses run by James are becoming booked up into next year.
James gained his Fine Art (Hons) Degree at Hertfordshire University in 2000. After his Degree he worked as a portrait Artist for a number of years before deciding to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Art and Design.
James went on to teach Art in secondary education for 7 years. He found this to be very rewarding, in particular, having the opportunity to teach and encourage students to reach their individual potentials and share his passion in Art.
During his time teaching he continued to paint and experiment with a wide range of styles and techniques. These ranged from his highly expressive portraits capturing the extremes of human emotion to his abstract landscapes representing geometric architectural forms, which almost merge the man-made with nature.
This was a real journey of discovery and, over the last few years, James has discovered the style about which he is most passionate, what he describes as a ‘natural’ style of painting. This ‘natural’ almost spontaneous painting style allows his subconscious to take hold and he is able to create landscapes, which previously existed only as memories or unconscious recollection.
James has now left the teaching profession to focus on his Art career and tutor art classes and private lessions.