Mackenzie Thorpe's artwork transcends his ability to simply transfer thoughts and feelings to paper or canvas. His images rise above his process as he evokes a connection; an immediate and visceral response, leaving viewers smiling, crying or tearing up in the moment, as the subject matter is processed beyond the visual to the emotional.
Akin to a workman with the tools of his trade, his art school background gave him a mastery of art materials, and Mackenzie often expresses a view of himself in those terms: he is simply a workman doing his job, and his role in life is to paint, it is, he feels what he was born to do. He "paints " with his fingers using pure pigments that satisfy his burning desire to saturate the surface with colour in a way that other materials just don't seem to manage for him, and it is the immediacy of pure pastel which is his main medium of choice.
He is an artist who sees the world through his own unique prism which opens up his world to us and in doing so allows us to access our own emotions.