Mackenzie Kuntz


Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently?


I was born in Portland Oregon, US in 1988. I grew up here and have lived here all my life. When I turned 18 I traveled a bit, tried to settle in a few other places, but Portland is home and I keep coming back.



What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures?


My mother is an artist, her mother was an artist. I guess it is in my blood? I was told a lot growing up that art was a waste of time because there was no money in it. I attempted to work in sciences for awhile...but honestly, art is the only thing that made me happy. So here I am. Being able to use images to tell stories, or convey moods and emotions is a gift that few people have, I'm happy to say I have it.


Who is your favorite skateboarder, living or dead? Any ties to skateboarding?


I'm going to go old school with this and say Tony Alva. I've always enjoyed the beginnings of things the most and he was skating when the scene was just heating up. I have no ties to skateboarding, I used to long board to school, but I'm no trickster.



Who is your favorite artist, living or dead?


It's very hard for me to choose a favorite artist because, past and present considered, there are just too many who inspire me. Frida Kahlo was a strong women who went through so much pain in her life and used it to fuel her art, I respect her and for that, she tops my list.


When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing?


I'm a simple girl, living in the northwest gives me plenty of opportunities to enjoy our beautiful landscape, hiking and camping, going to the river. I enjoy music, cooking and reading as well.


Who are your biggest influences?


My mother of course, my boyfriend and fellow artist Eric Blackburn and the natural world, there is certainly some beauty to take in out there.



What mediums do you enjoy working in?


I use acrylics, paint pens, microns, whatever paint I can get my hands on really. I mostly do canvas work but I also enjoy turning other objects into "canvas".



Anything else you want to tell?


There's plenty more to say about me...but that's for another day.