Wayne McKinzie grew up in the shadows of grain elevators. An extension of the farm, Wayne hauled hay, worked crops, watched the weather pass over open fields and observed the changing seasons. Though many years have passed since then he still finds himself doing much of the same. He has been touched by the saturated colors of the sky and the earthy hues of amber wheat fields. He has witnessed the effect humanity has had on the landscape and bore testament to that experience over a lifetime of painting. His most recent series of paintings gains their vantage point from 30,000 feet; offering a unique birds eye view of the rippling randomness that is the earth's rural landscape. At 30,000 feet some things lose their substance; one cannot differentiate between the sexes, they cars they drive or the houses they live in. “The traces of humanity, however, gain more substance”, notes McKinzie “Whether it is a plowed field, a field with hay bales, an area that has eroded from too many years of over work, the patchwork and circles created by planting, irrigation and roads, or con trails in the sky, the viewer gathers information and substance by just observing what interaction has happened in that place.” His paintings take the viewer from snow-swept field-scapes to the crest of the horizon where thin layers of atmosphere are illuminated and sandwiched between black and the blue beyond. McKinzie creates his compositions using traditional brush methods in conjunction with fine-point airbrush. The artist explains, “I use the airbrush to recreate the open gradation of the sky and clouds, and traditional brushwork to show the contrast of the many different textures of the land.”
Paseo Originals Art Gallery will feature McKinzie's expansive panoramas in an exhibit titled “A View From Above” which is set to open Friday, July 5th and run through Saturday, July 27th. The gallery will be showcasing eighteen new works by the artist. The Paseo Originals Art Gallery will host an opening reception during the First Friday on Paseo Gallery Walk from 6:00 to 10:00 PM on Friday July 5th. The exhibit and all associated events are free and open to the public. Paseo Originals Art Gallery, recently voted Best Art Gallery in OKC by the Oklahoma Gazette readership, is a private fine art gallery located in the Historic Paseo Arts District at the south end of Paseo Creek. Focusing on contemporary fine art the gallery represents established, mid-career and emerging artists of exceptional caliber. With one of the largest spaces in the Paseo District, the gallery hosts monthly exhibits defined in three gallery exhibit spaces featuring both national and international artists who exemplify the unique characteristics of a collectable fine artist. Showcasing ingenuitive and technically evolved artworks, Paseo Originals is dedicated to the beginning and established collector. The gallery hosts opening receptions for exhibits on the first Friday of each month during the Paseo First Friday Art Walk. The gallery also features lectures, and demonstrations during each month. For more information on gallery events please visit the Paseo Originals website at www.PaseoOriginals.com. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 11am – 6pm Saturday from 11am – 5pm and Sunday from 1pm – 5pm. Paseo Originals Art Gallery is located at 2920 Paseo Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73103 and can be reached by calling 405.604.6602.