dennis mckenzie [dennismk]

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BIOGRAPHY
I was born in 1947 in the city of San Francisco, Cailfornia USA,child of a U.S. Marine and the New Zealand women he fell in love with during the War in the Pacific. My parents settled in San Francisco after the war and raised four childeren of whom I am the oldest. Photography was my first love in the arts. When I was 16yrs. old I learned to Scuba dive and became an assistant dive instructor. My diving mentor was also a photographer who had a small darkroom set up in the back of his dive shop in San Francisco. This was the time of the Nikon F and the emergence of the SLR 35mm camera. I was hooked. I roamed the California coastline on dive trips or by hitchhiking from Big Sur to Mendocino seeking images that moved me. As well as shooting "The Haight Asbury scene" While living in the city. I did this for a number of years while working odd jobs from California to Alaska. In 1973 I fell in love with pottery while living in Southern California. It was something I had wanted to try for some years. I finally found an opening in a summer class at Chaffy College near Upland, CA and studied with Lindley Mixon a gifted teacher who became a close friend and mentor. After a few years we returned to Alaska were I worked as a carpenter until my pottery skils were good enough and I have been a professional studio potter for the last 30 years here in the Mat-SU Valley near Anchorage, Alaska. I have shown my work at far too many gallerys and Art Fairs to mention. I now also teach pottery at my own studio near Big Lake and have been doing so for some 10 years. I am also a sailor and have sailed here in Alaska for 20 yrs. My wife, Vickie Cole and our son David took an extended cruising trip in our own boat from Alaska to Mexico to Hawaii and back to Seward, Alaska in the years of 1989 to 1991. Now we sail mostly in Prince William Sound during the summer, trying to capture its wonders and mystery on film. In 1999 my interest in photography was rekindled and I brought my-self up to date on the latest technology.THANK YOU PHOTO.NET I learned about the "Digital Darkroom" revolution. This is how I do my own work now. I use 35mm Nikon gear and some medium format slide film and scan into Photoshop to work my images. I have just started using Nikons D70 DSLR. Which saves a lot of scanning time and film cost. Sometimes I manipulate the images very little and sometimes a lot. I print the larger prints using the Hahnemuhle collection of Fine Art Papers. I have just started doing what I call glaze paintings taken from the pottery I make. I paint on the surface of say a large bowl with glazes and oxides and stains in a abstract manner then fire the pot in the kiln and if the work turns out good I will take close ups photos of parts of the pots that have that abstract sense of form I am trying to capture then print them on my Epson 2200 using a cavnas paper. I wish to capture a feel of place that gives me an emotional response to the mystery of the landscape and sea interface that I love so well. I find great creativity and thus deep satisfaction working in Photoshop to fine-tune the images. My favorite images tend to be on the dark side, with large areas of black counter pointing rich areas of color and texture with an impressionistic viewpoint.

Country: US

GALLERIES

Images by Dennis Mckenzie

CONCEPTUAL WORK

Gordon Bok in Concert

THE 1960's a Personal View

Still Lifes

ITALY in 2000

Portraits

Pottery by Dennis McKenzie

Paintings on Clay

URNS by Dennis McKenzie

Abstracts

Wildlife

The Eagles of Homer, Alaska

An Alaskan Sculpture "Harkening Spirit " by Gene Stotts

WEDDINGS

MINI Mania

PHOTOS

Glacier and Gull

Hidden Falls

Along the Grand Canal

The Colosseum

Venice

Pompeii Room

Temple of Athena, Pestum

6x6 waterfall

David in San G. Italy

St.Peters. Rome

Tuscany Dawn

Homeward bound

Assisi Basilica

Pioneer Peak, Palmer,Alaska

Monteriggioni Gate

On the road

Waterfall and leaves

Waterfall and Rock study

Canal Reflections,Venice Italy

Point Lobos,CA. 1964

Fall Time

Pestuem Temple Sunset

Mountians of Seward,Alaska

Ressurection Bay, Seward,Alaska

Canal Impessions

Fall of the Troubadour

Swords from the Sea

Rocks and Nude

Mother Day Revisted

Athena's Gift

Forest and the Sword

The Beast Within (please read artist statement)

The Garden Grows

On a winters day

Pitigliano,Italy

Sunset near Rome

Pots of Pompeii

Sunrise on a back road in Italy

Joe's Old Boat

Sky Boat

Outside the Bay

In the Misty Mountians

Emily

Dark Angel

Dark Angel (3)

Shooting Star's

Morning in Puget Sound

Sea Side Mist

Avalance and Hanging Glaciers

Gordon Bok #1

Gordon Bok 2

Gordon Bok thru Harp

Gordon Bok 3

"In Gear" 1966 San Francisco, Haight Ashbury

The Charlatons in the Pan Handle Golden Gate Park 1967

"John" Larger than Life!

"Quicksilver Messenger Service" (I think) in the park SF

Crowd scene in the Park watching the free concerts

"The Jefferson Airplane" with there new lead singer Grace Slick.

Dancing in the park 1967

Drinking it down with big John in the Sur

Motor Bike on Haight St. 1967

Louisa, Louisa, oh so fair!

Along the Cliffs

Trolius Quadtone

Assai, Italy

Blades of Steel

Cutless and Wakizashi

"Judy"

Mists and Hanging Glaciers

Harriman Fojrd

David and The Collesum

Pompeii Fresco

Wave and the Rock

Big Sur Cave, 1966

Storm in Bulldog Cove, Alaska

Pompeii Death Mask

Along the Seward Hwy. Alaska

Judy's Poem

Freshly thown pots

Fresh Pots 2

Fresh pots 3

Hummpy Cove Falls

Wave

Marks in Clay 3

Sunrise BullDog Cove

Pots by McKenzie

Alaskan Tundra and Sky

Storm system moving in. Alaska

In Denali Park

Christmass Cactus 1

Xmass Cautus 2

Xmass Cautas

Xmass Cautas 4

"The Flowering" (2)

The Caiidarium in Pompeii

Dennis on the Amalfi coast

Last day

Monteriggioni

Pompeii Girl

In the Baths at Pompeii

San Gimignano

Around San Leo

San Leo Castel

Temple of Athena

Tunnels in Pompeii

In San Gimignano

"Along the Watch Tower"

Judy...Judy...So Lost in Time..

Hummpey Falls, Alaska

Mat-Su River Valley,Alaska, Panoramic

Savage Beauty

Ice,Mountian and Mist, Alaska

Winter light and Branch

Dark falls, Dark Water...

Surprise Glacier, Alaska

Winter Wet Lands

Matanuska River at Dawn, Alaska

In Thumbs Cove, Alaska

Thumbs Cove Quadtone

"Harkening Spirit"

"Mother and Child" (reading, Alaska,1981)

"Judy Montage"

The Forest and the Sword

"Round Window in Venice"

Debbra

Susan

River of Ice

Rock Towers,Sky and Ocean

Victoria

"Down among the green rushes"

Alaskan Rain Forest

15" Bowl stoneware

Manipulated Bowl

Ovoid with lid

Large Raku pot

Tall Urn 18" high

Raku pot

Raku Ovoid form

Teapot

15" Form

Brush work in open bowl

Close up of teapot 2

Large bowl 17 wide

Open Jar

Teapot 2

Vase

12" Tall jar with lid

Close up of teapot

Vase 2

Bowl 12" wide

Casarole

serving Bowl

Medium bowl 12" wide

Bowl made with black clay

Ovoid form with lid 12"wide

Pots

Urn 14" high

lided pot

Vase

small Raku bowl

Black and Brush

Cuts and Color

Dark and Blue

Marks on the Red

Pinks on Black

Pinks

Red and Gold

Eagle in the Morning light

Morning Light in Cordova, Alaska

Cordova Morning

Northen Sunset

"Blue Bird"

"Outside My Window on a Winters day"

Glowing Urn

Urn for Elven Princess

Urn with blue flower

Tall Urn with Black brush work

Two Swans

Swan alone

Young Robins Wing

Along the Arm

In Venice

The Door

Sunrise in Umbria

The Glaciers

Fireweed seeding 1

Fireweed 3

Dark Forest,Dead trees.

Lonely Mt.

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Dawn in Umbria

San Marino Castle

Midnight Sun, Alaska

Moment of enlightenment

Sunrise in Cordova

waterfall, Alaska

Tower of San Gimignano

Clouds and the Roman Colosseum

Along Kink Arm at Sunset

what goes around

what goes around

Wheel and gears

Temple eye

Gears

The Great Moose

Vickie's Eagle

Alaskan Moose

Alaskan Moose 2

Alaskan Moose 3

Downy Woodpecker

Pine Grosbeak

Redpull

At Thumbs cove, Alaska

Humpy Cove Falls

Port Nelli Jaun, Alaska

Emmylou Harris

Vickie and the falls

Vickie at the Falls

Cascade Falls, Alaska

Dark and Moody Falls

Along Collage forid

The Boardwalk/ Digial Infared

Our boat in Yale Arm

Harvad Glaicer

Mts of the forijd

Panoramic of Collage forid, Alaska

Blue and Black

Old Crow

In Time

F

Dancer

Alaskan Sunset in Winter

Monteriggioni

Greek Doric Temple

Pillers of Pestum, Italy

Bronze doors

When I was young, like a rock. 1966

Glaze painting 4

Glaze painting 6

Glaze Painting 8

glaze painting 9

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The Eagle and the Moon

Katchamak Bay

Mts of Homer 2

Hummpy Cove falls

Dennis in San Leo

Fog on the Mountians

Mountian and Glacier

Tree Roots

Mountian Sunset

Mountians of the Sound

Iris 1a

Iris 3a

Our boat and Surprise glacier

Mt. peak in the fjord

a view in the Sound

Sea Otter

impressions of fall in Alaska

Take Out Island

Fall colors in the pass

Colors in the pass

Cascade Falls

Old Gears and stuff

Ressurection Bay Mts and Sea

Troluils

In Place

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Steel and Strings

Steel and Strings Steel and Strings 2

Wedding day

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Bottles on Hutch

Alia and harp 1

Alia studing her music

Alia pointing to her music

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Blue-and-Chrome

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MINIs-Red-and-Blue

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RED-MINI

Blue-and-Chrome

MINI's in a row

Mini's and the road

MINI's and Mountians

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Black-red-and-gold

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