About the Artist

Jeanne Mackenzie

Jeanne Mackenzie - Biography



Jeanne Mackenzie’s style of painting is a blend of impressionism and realism. Her paintings are done in oil with rich warm tones and a painterly application. These reflect the bold light and striking contrasts of her favorite still lifes and western landscapes.


Jeanne Mackenzie is a Colorado resident living in the Fort Collins area where she is one of the founding members of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. Graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Teaching Credential from San Diego State University she eventually fell in love with and devoted herself to oils. She has studied with Clyde Aspevig, Michael Lynch, Matt Smith and Calvin Liang. Her paintings are featured in several fine art galleries in Colorado, California and Arizona.


Her artwork has earned Merit Awards and shown at juried shows throughout the United States including the Oil Painters of America Show, CM Russell Invitational Show and Arts for the Parks-Top 100 (award of excellence). Jeanne has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine’s Best of the West and My World, American Artist’s Workshop Magazine, Plein Air Magazine and International Artist Magazine-Master Artists. She was invited to be a part of the Richeson Art Series Book and art book Dust on My Shoes/Sun on my Back. Her work has hung in the Houston Museum of Natural Science and Minnesota’s Tweed Museum.  She shares her love of art by teaching national and international (Italy, Guatemala, Mexico) painting workshops and has been on staff at the Denver Art Museum teaching color theory, composition and painting.



American Legacy Art Show - Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act- Best of Show - Oct, 2014

American Women Artist- Booth Museum, Cartersville, GA- Oct. 2014

Plein Air Artists Colorado- 2nd Place Award- Juror Karen Vance - August, 2014

Paint the Poudre- 3rd Place Award- Juror Marc Hansen- July, 2014

Larimer County Resources Artist of the Year- 2014

Grand Teton Association/ RMPAP- Artists Choice/Best Painting and GTA Collection Purchase- July, 2012

Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters- Artists Choice Award/Best Body of Work- Crested Butte, July, 2010

CM Russell Invitational Auction – March 2010 and Masters in Miniature, 2010

Outdoor Painters Society Invitational- December, 1009- Merit Award and Jurors Selection Award

Tweed Museum- University of Minnesota- October 2009

Salon International-Greenhouse Gallery – Juror Award-Daniel Greene May, 2009 and 2010 and 2013

American Women Artists Invitational - South Street Art Gallery, Easton, MD-2007 and 2009

Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters-Merit Award-Juror-William Scott Jennings  August, 2007

Houston Museum of Natural Science/SKB Foundation- 50 chosen from 1750 entries- March, 2007

Arts for the Parks- Miniature Show – Jackson, WY, September 2004

Oil Painters of America-Howard/Mandville Gallery May, 1998,2002, 2003 and 2004

Arts for the Parks-Top 200- Award of Excellence September 2003 and 2001



Outdoor Painters/ Plein Air Magazine- Guest writer ‘Why This Painting Works’ 2013-present

Plein Air Magazine- Pursuing Effortless Artistic Elegance- March, 2012

Dust on My Shoes/Sun on my Back- 18 artists’ view on Painting- NH Studios Press-2009

Southwest Art Magazine/ My World – June, 2008

American Artist Workshop Magazine- Fall 2007

Cowboys and Indians Magazine- Gallery Artists- March, 2007

Richeson Art Book- Invitational artist – Plein Air New Mexico 2006

Sky West Magazine- Cover Photo and feature article- July 2005

Southwest Art Magazine- 'Best of the West'- April, 1999

International Artist Magazine- Master Artists, August, 1999  

Daniel Smith Catalog – Guest writer–article 2002 and 2003



Richard Schmid Invitational Auction- Charter Member

Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters- Signature member

American Women Artists- Signature Member

Plein Air Artists Colorado- Signature Member

American Impressionists Society