Formal art education began in Edmonton Art Gallery painting classes in 1962. I have studied Business Administration, worked in the computer, retail, and energy fields, studied Painting at the U. of Alberta. (Ext. Dept.) and graduated from the Alberta College of Art, Metals Dept.. Since graduation, I have taught jewellery courses at the A.C. Leighton Center, Alberta College of Art, Red Deer College "Series", North Island College (Metal Jewelry Design Certificate and Metal Jewelry Arts Summer Session) , Black Creek Community, and held a variety of workshops throughout Alberta. The ACAD Alumni Award of Excellence was awarded to me in 2002. In 2005 I was given the commission to build the prestigious Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award medallions.
My 40-plus year professional career has centered on one-of-a-kind and custom jewelry in Calgary, Edmonton, and Courtenay. Wayne Mackenzie, Designer Goldsmith Ltd. has been serving our clientele since 1985, and we are now relocating to our home studio in Black Creek on beautiful Vancouver Island.
Over the years, a keen interest in the style of the early Greeks and Romans, the ancient Aztecs, contemporary Europeans and the Alberta landscape have been juxtaposed with my love of spatial relationships, textural statements, color contrasts, accenting lines, and gemstones, to become important elements in my work. Simplicity and strength of line and shape have been combined with these elements to create unified pieces that are able to stand as practical, wearable fine jewelry, and works of art.