My name is David Mackenzie, I am an Edinburgh born self taught artist specializing in wildlife. My work has been in exhibitions in many parts of Scotland over the years & I started painting full time once I moved to Perthshire.
I previously worked professionally in conservation as a deputy head keeper at Edinburgh Zoo for 10 years with big cats, bears and birds. I find this experience helps with my painting as it gives me an emotional connection to the story I’m trying to tell.
The natural world & the wildlife that inhabit it & the state of this world is the drive that carries me forward through each painting.
I always work in acrylics on canvas as I find them particularly responsive to the way that I work. I use them almost like watercolours, building up layer upon layer to gain the right tone & at times gaining a translucent effect.
In 2019 I had 2 solo exhibitions as well as taking part in a local charity fundraising event for the Scottish Charity Air Ambulance. This is an annual event where I donate a painting each year to raise funds for the SCAA charity.
At present my work can also be seen in the Melrose Gallery in the Scottish Borders & at the Number 4 Gallery at St Abbs, near Coldingham, in Scotland.
In my art I try to imagine the story behind the scene to create an emotion & give a connection for the viewer.
Paintings can be viewed by contacting me via my Facebook page.