MacKenzie, Sibyl

MacKenzie, Sibyl

I was born in Arlington, Virginia, the second daughter in a Foreign Service family. We lived in England when I was very young, then went on to the Republic of China and Germany. I went to Barnard College in New York and graduated in 1971 with a degree in German literature.

Since I didn't want to teach German, I had a career path that meandered from narcotics intelligence to speech writing. After working in the Justice Department, the Office of Management and Budget, and the lower echelons of a long-ago White House, I wrote that last speech, and decided to become a painter.

I have painted and drawn all of my life, but my only formal training was five years’ worth of lessons in Chinese water color while I was in Taiwan. I have always enjoyed realistic images, but I like to place them in a context where fantasy meets reality, to explore the fine line between the inner and the outer world. Often I begin with just colors and shapes and then develop the images that emerge. I paint in acrylics on both hardboard and canvas and my paintings have many layers and textures. I have had many shows around the country, and am currently represented by the Manhattan Golf and Gallery in Cumberland, MD, the Water Street Gallery in Petersburg, WV, Paintiques in Rehoboth, DE, and Oasis in Harrisonburg, VA.