We are each individually-wrapped points of consciousness, are we not?
 
When I reach out into the world and build a work of art, and you observe it, there is a bridge that is built between us.
 
Sometimes that bridge is profound. The best artists communicate their most personal, intimate experiences that are received in exhilaration and profundity.  But it's not easy. The artist has to dive deep. Doing so requires introspection, experience, trust...and lots of inspiration. 
 
That's where I'm diving.
 
- Jim Parks

 
BIOGRAPHY
 
I was six when the kids on the block started calling me “The Artist." I always had a paintbrush in my hand.
 
But when it came time to make a living, the theater called and I performed on many stages. I ended up with a long career on TV and radio commercials...eventually becoming the on-air host of "New Spaces" on HGTV, a remodeling show that aired for 10 years.
 
At the end of that stint, itching to paint seriously, I began to produce the art that had been sitting there, unexpressed, for most of my working life. Painting had been kept at bay for so long that when the stars finally aligned for me to paint seriously, it all, astonishingly, came gushing out...as if a key had been turned, a gate opened, and the art was free to escape into the world.
 
Now I've moved from the squared-off confines of the canvas to the curvilinear freedom of layers of lauan that are anything but right-angled...creating sculptures out of layers of painted wood that hang on the wall.
 
Something keeps prodding me to try new methods and attempt more and more complex sculptures...and I can't wait to find out what's next.
 

EXHIBITS
 
• Morpho Gallery - Jan 2017
• Curt's Cafe - Feb 2017
• Victory Lakes Art Gallery Mar 2017 
• JourneyCare Corporate Office - Apr 2017
• LePeep Restaurant - May 2017 
• Evanston Public Library, Public Display - Jun 2017  
• Blick Art Materials Public Display - Jul 2017  
• Pop-Up Gallery - Aug 2017
• Victory Lakes Guest Art Demonstration (and permanent display) - Aug 2017
• Creative Coworking Public Display - Sep 2017
• City of Deerfield IL, Public Art Program - Sep 2017
• Ice House Gallery - Oct - Dec 2017
• Uncommon Ground Restaurant - Feb - Apr 2018
• Evanston Made Arts Festival - Jun 2018
• Industrious Corporate Display - Jun 2018
• City of Deerfield IL, Public Art Program - Sep 2018
• Gallery OTR - Mar 2018
• Uncommon Ground Restaurant - Jan - Mar 2019
• Gallery OTR - May 2019
• Evanston Made Arts Festival - Jun 2019
• Industrious Public Display Aug - Oct. 2019
• Creative Coworking Public Display - Jun - Aug 2019
• City of Deerfield IL, Public Art Program - Sep 2019
• Ice House Gallery - Sep - Dec 2019
• City of Deerfield IL, Public Art Program - Sep 2020
• Creative Coworking Public Display - Jan -Apr 2020
• Industrious Public Display - Currently

 

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