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 I paint the colors of my memories. Horses and burros represent playful memories of the hundreds of horses I have known during my life as a horse trainer and riding teacher. I work in oil on canvas, and on the computer, creating art to view and to wear.
Currently, I am creating a series of landscapes and wonderful old barns, some are near our home in rural Michigan and some from places we see on our travels. My "herd" of Secret Horses is growing on canvases large and small, and on silk in a limited collection of scarves. I love silk scarves and I hope some of you do too. As I continue to evolve, so will my art.