JL Mac Kechnie
“Over the past few years my advancement in fine art has been greatly influenced by developing my skills in drawing and painting. For me, art has become a new language through which I can express my creativity and feelings. My greatest goal is to continue to expand my understanding of artistic techniques so they become the natural tools for laying down on canvas my ideas and emotions.
The world provides me with an infinite canvas. Everything I see becomes subjects for my art through the mediums of graphite, ink, pastel and paint. My purpose is to isolate, depict and capture the essence of a subject. I seek qualities that are elusive, difficult to discover and portray. Painting for me is about sharing my view as I witness and savor the visual moment.”
Joe was born in Petersburg Alaska and was raised in the Pacific Northwest. As an engineering graduate of the University of Washington, Joe has worked as a computer network design engineer in the Seattle area for many years. Following retirement, Joe has pursued a career in fine art. He continues to develop his skills, techniques and style in all mediums and has appeared in several national art magazines and has received many local and national awards for his work.
Joe is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, the NW Pastel Society and the Puget Sound Group of NW Painters. He is also a member of the Oil Painters of America, the Northwest Pastel Society and is the past president of the Eastside Association of Fine Arts and past president of the Puget Sound Group of NW Painters. Joe teaches art workshops locally and in Europe. Joe has artworks in several local galleries and has had artworks in the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio and the National Arts Club, Grand Gallery in New York, NY.