The Art of Ted and Linda Parkhurst
To me, viewing a piece of art should be an engagement with a talent, so my art is representational but playful. Many viewers call my art “whimsical,” and often ask if I illustrate children’s picture books. The answer is yes! I employ high color values, anthropomorphized animal characters, and sometimes puns. Like Aesop’s fables, my art often has something to say about human behavior. In my case, the lessons if any, tend toward the importance of seeking and sharing joy.
My art includes impressions of favorite places and favorite creatures. Paintings include images from nature, where the color calls to me. Horses and burros of different colors represent playful memories of the hundreds of horses I have known during my life as a horse trainer and riding teacher.
Currently, I am creating a series of paintings of wonderful old barns surrounding our home in rural Michigan, a series of "Secret Horses"--- some of my innermost thoughts, visions if you will, regarding my lifelong attachment to and fascination for the spiritual energy of horses---and starting to put some of my art onto fabric. I love silk scarves and I hope some of you do too. As I continue to evolve, so will my art.