My work consists of oil painting on both wood and canvas, as well as, mixed media drawings and prints. For several years now I have assembled images from the landscape of my mind that are constructed as psychological meditations. I consider these images to be separate pages taken from the same book.... a book that seeks an understanding for the mystery, chaos and complexity of life itself.....an ever-present concern that confronts all of humanity. The tumultuous condition of current human affairs and my own personal experiences in this life are what come to mind when I am at work in the studio. Accordingly, my concerns, anxieties and fears, are on display in a dreamlike space in my mind where serenity and tranquility exist even as the world around me burns !
" Mr. Parker's 'Meditations' are colorful yet pensive....hopeful yet somewhat dour. " ......ArtMatters Magazine, Fall 2007
" Artists , I believe, serve as sensitive seismographs to reality. Through their art, even indirectly, they tell the story of the time they lived. " ......Lior Neiger , Israeli artist
As an artist, working and actively participating in the experience and contemplation of this post-modern world, I consider my work to be part of an ongoing series.....a 'Meditations Series'.
When using oil paints I prefer to use stand oil as my medium and I do employ glazes for certain effects. Mixed Media works can involve the use of photography, monotypes, pencils, pen & ink, craypas, pastels, watercolor and oil sticks, etc.
The photography displayed on this website includes a wide range of subject matter that represents many years of utilizing the camera (both film & digital), as a tool for framing compositions of interest to me on location in the natural world.
I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania (1971) and attended The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts where I received both a Diploma (1982) and a Fifth-Year Certificate for graduate studies (1983).
I have exhibited my work in Massachusetts at The Boston Center for the Arts, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, The Walnut Hill School for the Arts, The Basement Gallery, The Bentley College Gallery and The Loker Gallery. I have also exhibited in Washington, D.C. at The Foundry Gallery and in New York, NY at the Helio Galleries.
My goal, at this time, is to continue to create and develop a 'body of work' that speaks to my life lived as an artist. And, as a working artist of this post-modern era, I would hope that my art is appreciated and identified as having been constructed during this incredibly important and challenging period in history.