Saturday, February 27, 2010
Joan Parker - Artist
Joan Parker received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She used her skills for the motion picture industry and then relocated to Kansas City when she was recruited by Hallmark Cards. Six years later, she became a full-time plein air painter and instructor.
Her work often navigates the borderland between landscape and abstraction. “Because the prairie is very stark, paintings of it tend to convey an abstracted feel of color and light. They’re a middle ground between landscape and contemporary abstraction.”
Parker is represented in galleries from Saint Louis to California and is also featured in two books, Homage to the Flint Hills and How Did You Paint That?: 100 Ways to Paint Seascapes, Rivers & Lakes , both of which are available at her website.