Fast forward to today, my friend married her up and coming artist boyfriend and he is no longer up and coming, in fact he has been a finalist for both the Archibald and the Wynne Prize a number of times, two very prestigious art awards, and he is well and truly a success.
My regret? I never even took a photo of his amazing chalk drawing! But, I can say that for about 6 months I had an original Alexander McKenzie on the wall in my dining room.
My other regret? That we didn't actually buy one of his paintings way back when we could actually afford to! His paintings are breathtakingly evocative. Landscapes that are vast and timeless and hauntingly beautiful. Just imagine for a moment that you had one hanging on your wall and the feelings that it would inspire in you on a daily basis!
If you are in Sydney, Alex has an exhibition coming up in May at Martin Browne Fine Art in Paddington.