McKenzie grew up in Astoria and Eugene, Oregon. She was raised on backyard blueberry bushes, jungle gyms and neighborhood adventure seeking. In 2000, McKenzie received her Bachelors in Fine Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. Since moving to Providence in the winter of 2003 she has: taken pictures, started a wedding photography business (A & M Photography), taken more pictures, taught a class at AS220, taken a class at The Steelyard, traveled alot, gotten married and taken more pictures. This is her second year as an artist mentor at New Urban Arts.