Wayne McKenzie’s art emanates a laid-back confidence that is a reflection of his Australian upbringing. With loose brushwork and bold use of color, he brings a unique perspective to the contemporary North American art world. Wayne’s strong sense of design is derived from the Aboriginal art of his native Australia. His paintings are a visual journey that allows the essence of his subject matter to come to life.
Wayne divides his time between his studios in Lake Tahoe, California and Telluride, Colorado, where he participates in the annual Plein Air Festival alongside some of the most respected artists in the country. He consistently ranks in the top ten sellers, and in 2009 was awarded third place in the Artists Choice Award. Wayne also participates in the Carmel Plein Air Festival, where in 2010 he received an Honorable Mention.
Wayne has appeared in various publications throughout the United States. Kennedy Publishing most recently honored him as a featured artist in the hardcover book “of Artists-Oil-Global edition”. Renowned art critic Susan Viebrock, wrote “Anyone who doesn’t love a Mckenzie, must have a low opinion of joy….big personality- big work” and went on to describe his work as having, “a delightful sense of movement, vibration and exuberance.”
His work appears in private collections throughout North America, Europe and Australasia.
2009 3rd Place, Artists Choice Award, Telluride Plein Air Festival, Telluride, CO.
2010 “Honorable Mention”, Carmel Plein Air Festival, Carmel, CA.
2012 1st Place, Holiday Treasures Salon, Debra Huse Gallery, Newport, CA.
1st Place, Small Works Exhibition, Art Beat on Main Street, Vista, CA.
3rd Place, Artists Choice Award, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA. Best