Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
– Claude Monet
My first creative interview (!!) features McKenzie Dove, an incredibly talented artist who will mesmerize you with her peaceful and serene paintings. I was drawn to her work because of her skillful use of texture and color, and I am so excited to introduce you all to her!
McKenzie was born in a small town in west Texas and moved to Dallas when she was a teenager. Her husband is from Alabama and they will be moving to Birmingham this fall where they plan to settle and start a family. She has always painted, but after experimenting with oils and palette knives 8 years ago, she developed her unique style and technique that achieves a thick, layered texture.
Who are your biggest influences?
My biggest influences for art inspiration are J.M.W. Turner, Monet and Cy Twombly. Each one started something new in their own time, yet they’re all similar in the way they use movement and color.
I noticed that many of your pieces are sea and landscapes. Are there specific locals from which you derive inspiration?
I try to travel to pretty places for inspiration when I can, especially the beach! My husband and I are moving to Birmingham, AL in a few months. The lush green mountains in Birmingham are really beautiful and it’s only a short drive to the gulf coast!
When did you decide to become an artist?
I’ve painted for as long as I can remember because I enjoy it so much! It wasn’t until people started asking to buy my work that I realized I could turn my passion into a career.
What is your favorite aspect of the medium of painting?
I love painting with all mediums but nothing compares to the texture of oils for me. The way I can layer the paint with palette knives feels a little like sculpting, it’s so much fun!
How long does it take to complete a piece?
Smaller pieces usually take a day, but I only have around three days to compete a painting no matter what size because the paint starts to get too tacky to work with by the fourth day. I can’t touch anything up after it’s dry so sometimes it can be a challenge to finish a painting in time.
What is your ideal Saturday?
I’m not a morning person, so a late coffee date with my hubs and probably an afternoon project. We like working on our house or furniture I drag home from thrifting. I really enjoy cooking too, it’s a great way to pour creative energy into something other than art.
Isn’t her work incredible!? Below, see more of McKenzie’s art and info about how to follow her.
Be sure to come back next Wednesday to meet another inspiring creative!
To see more of McKenzie’s work, visit her website //www.mckenziedove.com or follow her on Facebook, Instagram (@McKenzieDove), and Pinterest.