Linda Harrison-Parsons Paintings
Scottsdale painter Linda Harrison-Parsons uses pastel and oils to document moments in time, to preserve fleeting images that are here today - but so often gone tomorrow. Trees, leaves and animals (both wild and domestic) are the focus of her work, and Boyce Thompson Arboretum is pleased to showcase a range of her pastels and oils in our visitor center gallery during January. Meet-the-artist at her gallery opening reception Jan. 1 from 10am to noon; and stay for live music - a concert at 12:00-featuring Arvel Bird. Preview Arvel's musical style
"As each season regenerates and every animal prepares for the season ahead I try to capture the feeling of that event. Using paper-making, print-making and drawing techniques I create paper pieces that reflect a feeling of environment, along with the realistic images that represent nature. Embedding these works in handmade paper as two-dimensional wall pieces or creating artist-made books taken to a sculptural level. Many of my paper-pieces, are created using acid-free recycled papers."
She earned a Master of Fine Arts at George Washington University following undergraduate art studies at Maryland Institute, College of Art. Here in AZ she has been affiliated with the Arizona Art Alliance, AZ Artists Pastel Society, Scottsdale Artist League and a variety of other arts associations and galleries across the southeast - plus Hawaii, Canada and the UK.
Her paintings and prints begin with drawing - using graphite, pastels and charcoal. When illustrating a tree, she strives to reflect the texture of bark and fine lines of leaves.She's equally drawn to minute detail when illustrating studies of animals, saying "I want the feathers or the fur of the animals to make you want to reach out and touch them." Her body of work crosses boundaries of print media - she's truly a mixed-media artist who combines prints, drawings and paper-making to accomplish the technical results and to reflect her beliefs of protecting the environment through recycling and re-use of resources.
To contact Linda or see more of her art, visit her website http://www.lindaharrisonparsons.com , explore galleries of paintings ranging from landscapes, botanicals and horses - even pet portraits. Works in her BTA exhibit are available ranging from $200 to $800. For commissions or specific pricing information email
Boyce Thompson Arboretum is at highway 60 milepost #223 near the historic copper mining town of Superior, a drive of about 45 minutes due East of Mesa. December visitors are admitted from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.; no visitors are admitted after 4:00, and the Arboretum closes promptly at 5:00 p.m. New exhibits begin each month and may be seen daily during business hours; the Arboretum is an Arizona State Park and daily admission must be paid to enter the Visitor Center where our gallery is found. A membership may be purchased in the gift shop on the day of your visit.