Tom MacKenzie (1947 - 2018) was educated at Portree High School and at 17 left home to enrol at Duncan of Jordanstone art school in Dundee. This did not work out and after a year he went to London. His pursuit of art continued at evening classes in life drawing while working in a variety of jobs by day. In 1976 he moved back to Scotland, joining a team of many talents at the Glasgow Print Studio. John Taylor, a colleague and long-time friend, says: "Tom MacKenzie’s art was made from the Isle of Skye’s unique cornucopia of visual riches: the huge, notched and jagged coastline; sea lochs with many rocky islands; the Cuillins, the most awesome mountains in Britain."
Taylor explains the special skills involved in capturing this natural beauty in print: "His subtlety of light was astounding. Do not be fooled by the amazing simplicity in so many prints. It was hard fought, the plate often undergoing intensive workings. This was the process that Tommy enjoyed. An image moving down a direction and then back through a process of selection and discarding. Sometimes his plates changed like the Scottish weather he so deftly portrayed. As written in The Herald.
Donated by the Scottish Arts Council to Art in Healthcare.