Today we’d like to introduce you to Parker West.
Parker, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve been into art for as long as I can remember. I had my very first art show when I was 7 years old. Even though my art then wasn’t anything special, that day is something that is extremely important to me since it showed me at a very young age that I can make a living doing this and be happy while doing this. I was surrounded by a very supporting family who backed up any endeavor I was interested in. These interest ranging from clay work to coding and robotics. I am entirely grateful to have friends and family that support and motivate me. With this overwhelming support I’m surrounded by I’ve been able to grow my circle of connections and make money doing what I love. These past couple of years to now my art has been used for an voting campaign for Black Lives Matter to a Christmas Collaboration with Depop and the clothing brand No Sesso. Even though illustration is what I love to do I would love to become an art curator and create a space for black artist and introduce them into major museums. After an internship I did with LACMA I realized how much something like that is needed. With these goals in mind heading into the new year I just hope I now everything I do from here makes my family proud and somehow reaches Solange since I’d love to work with her.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has been a pretty smooth journey when it comes to my growth as an artist, but along the way there were some generational misunderstandings that were just frustrating to deal with and during high school my mental health wasn’t the best which hindered my creative drive and motivation to paint and draw. Now I try to pull inspiration from things that in the past would stop me from wanting to create art since I don’t want to ever have the only thing stopping me from creating art is me.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I mostly do illustration but I would love to get into animation as well. I have not made an official business out of my art, so for now I’m a artist that takes commissions of usually any kind and I sell my artworks and make prints and would also love to expand to making stickers and shirts with my art on them.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up I was pretty well rounded. I wasn’t as eccentric as I am now but I was surrounded by artists at a young age who taught me things I still apply to my life now. Living in between two households I found myself surrounded by absolutely everything that would fuel my creativity. From every room in my mom’s house being a different and unique color to jumping in my father’s car listening to music that inspired him growing up.
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