Mary Beth McKenzie wrote an article on monotypes for the seventh issue of The Artist’s Magazine (October 1984); in it she described her hand-printing process of painting or inking a glass plate, laying a sheet of rice paper over it, and then using a spoon to press the paper to the plate. “The resulting print is always a surprise,” she wrote, “sometimes this is in your favor and sometimes it’s not.” Twenty-two years later, McKenzie was the cover artist in September 2006; in the feature “Winter Light,” she described her commitment to painting the figure from life: “I love form, and nothing is more beautiful than the human form.”
Elected to the National Academy of Design in 1994, McKenzie teaches at the Art Students League in New York City. She has pictures in the Metropolitan Museum’s 20th-Century Painting Collection and also in the Met’s Print Collection, as well as in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New Britain Museum of American Art, and many others. You can visit her online here.
Dying Swan (oil, 50×60) by Mary Beth McKenzie