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The Girls of Baton Rouge by MBMcKenzie, visual art

Deviation Spotlight

ROISIN and RIKKI by MBMcKenzie, visual art


Only Left / Dems can hear 'racist dog whistles.' by Kajm, journal

Artist // Hobbyist // Varied
  • Apr 1
  • United States
  • Deviant for 6 months
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My Bio

It is all about the journey isn't it? One of my favorite past-times is to reflect on how far I've come from the clay roads of Alabama. Artistic inclinations took me to North Carolina School of the Arts then to NY School of visual Arts in Manhattan where I promptly became a chef - go figure.

Over 30 years as a chef has given many opportunities to be creative and re-invent my artistic self many, many times. Whether within the industry or on my own as a CGI artist, I have been blessed with the time and opportunity to create and express myself through imagery.

If I were to try and dispense some kind of intrinsic wisdom here on these pages I think I would say something about your hands. I hope we all use them often to make things. Things like Art and attractive food and furniture and housing and earth-friendly machines and towns and medicines and communities and love. I would try to say that we need to use our hands to make more good things and not destroy them - use them to console and heal - use them for someone who cannot use theirs - just use them. Your brain and your hands are a combination completely unique to the rest of the animal kingdom. The possibilities are endless.

No matter what you "do" for a living or otherwise, the decisions you make each day, the actions you take, the people you enable and the ones you shut down all send their own "ripples" into the sea of life in which we find ourselves. Each of our actions is effected by and effects the actions of others.

As soon as I start taking myself too seriously the universe reminds me in one fashion or another how not-in-control I really am over my destiny. I don't think any of us are - the absolute best we can do is select direction and maintain a course of action all the while trying to anticipate the unpredictable. Or we can drift and let the currents take us where they may. I think a healthy combination of both is best for me. I have a marriage which is as sea-worthy as they come and a great co-captain who knows where she's going. She knows very well how to keep us from getting lost but knows how to enjoy the voyage as well. And best of all; we both believe in magic and the spirit.

"If the world were to fall to pieces tomorrow,

I would still plant my apple tree." — Martin Luther

My name is Michael - And I care what you think

Ying Yang Rb

Favourite Visual Artist
James Turell, Henri Magritte
Favourite Movies
Mulholland Drive by David Lynch
Favourite TV Shows
Twilight Zone
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, John Legend, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Laurie Anderson, Alanis Morrissette
Favourite Books
Carter Beats the Devil
Favourite Games
GTAV / L4D2 / entire MYST collection
Favourite Gaming Platform
PC / Arcade / VR
Tools of the Trade
Wustoff Knives, Prismacolor pencils,

Post Spotlight

Hello Deviant Art community! In my 30+ years as a chef de cuisine, I have always held on to my artistic roots. Sites like this one and Renderosity have played a huge role in keeping abreast of the artistic talents and trends out there. IT keeps my 59 year old mind fresh and inspired. I appreciate all the artists that occupy these space, we are a species unto ourselves, and I am priviledged to be among you. I applaud anyone who has remained with their art always and struggle to become a lucrid professional; I gave up long ago and adopted another vocation. I do not regret my wonderful, rich experiences in the professional kitchens as they are fodder for creation as well. I just want to applaud and encourage all of the "true" artists here to persevere and keep creating, You will find a way.

Found Beauty 10-27-2021

Ying Yang

"EMBERS" by Darnok9 - Published: May 15, 2020 - Showing us the beauty in the absence of bright light, and the folly of commercial standards. Beauty exists where you find it-period


Found Beauty 11/02/2021

Ying Yang

Oralius: Defender Of The Woodland Realms Published: Sep 11, 2017 by Starfire-Productions This artist is serious about exploring technique and exhausting the experimentation with each deviation - then moving on to the next study. At this point in 2017 he switched to character - departing from animals for a while. I found this image a few pages into his impressive body of work and found one that I considered a standout among the others.

I am very happy to present the newest addition to one of two "FOUND BEAUTY" extended spotlight sections on my front page. Please visit Starfire-Productions

Oralius: Defender Of The Woodland Realms


FAN-FRIKKEN-TASTIC Starfire-Productions !