Colorado artist Jeanne Mackenzie, a regular contributor to PleinAir Today, received top honors at the Wilderness Act Art Show, in Fort Collins, Colorado. 


“Anglers Hour,” by Jeanne Mackenze, 2014, oil, 12 x 12 in. Plein air study upon which the winning piece was based


The piece was a studio painting based on a plein air study. “The study was a small square format,” says Mackenzie. “I loved the back light on the trees and sparkle of the setting sun on the river. The high vantage point gave me a wonderful view of distance including foreground and sky. I just felt that the small plein air painting would make an inviting larger painting.”

 Mackenzie with her winning piece


She reports, “The show celebrated the 50th anniversary of passage of the Wilderness Act, which established the National Wilderness Preservation System and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of federal land for our use and benefit. Over the past 50 years, 100 million acres has been added to this system. Enjoy our wonderful resource with loving care.”


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