Bring a lunch March 1 to the local art museum and learn how a professional paints iconic Kansas scenes, including some popular Pratt images.
Darren Parker, Pratt area native, will be the featured artist at the Vernon Filley Art Museum’s “First Friday Lunch & Learn Series,“ on March 1. The Friday series will feature the different artists whose work is represented in the Filley gift shop.
Parker is a watercolor painter currently living in the Wichita area. Several of his pieces depict local iconic scenes such as the south entrance to Pratt on Highway 281 or the historic Pratt Presbyterian Church on First Street.
Bring a lunch March 1, as well as questions for Parker and his Art of Ahs business.
Parker said his goal, as an artist, is to capture his chosen subject matter with incredible attention to detail.
“I want to share with the viewer the innate, sometimes invisible beauty that often gets overlooked during the daily hustle and bustle,” he said. “I strive to capture magical moments, historical architecture and breathtaking landscapes which have caught my attention. Through my realistic paintings, I attempt to draw the viewer into the scene, and to stir forgotten memories of days gone by.”
Parker was born in Pratt, Kansas, to parents who supported his passion for art unconditionally.
“My father shared with me his talent of illustration, while mother nourished my creativity,” he said. “My mentor, Disney illustrator, Betty Crews, pushed me to be diligent, to work hard and to find my niche. After graduation from Kansas State University in 1985 I worked as a Graphic Designer for nearly a decade, releasing my first limited edition print in 1996 titled “Cathedral Reflection.”
Since then Parker has managed an art gallery, co-owned a gallery and worked in the hospitality industry, all while donating art to local charities, completing commissions and taking part in art exhibitions.
“Many of my paintings depict scenes from in and around Cunningham, Pratt and some of the surrounding communities,” he said.