After battle with cancer, William Parker artwork featured at Donna Burgess Gallery

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 04:22 PM.

"The risk in watercolor lies mainly in the juxtaposition of color and the use of white space," he explains.

He spent that first day experimenting on the canvas, and by nightfall he found he spent most of the day happily creating something joyful.

"The act of creating always leads to something new and wonderful," he said. "It was a marvelous therapy."

Thu turning point came one day when out of the blue, Parker woke up hungry for crabmeat, fish, and peanut butter. The man who had stopped eating after the chemo began to eat again. And now his checkups show him clean and clear of cancer.

He credits his taking up painting for his clean bill of health.

Now the cancer survivor spends his days painting mostly landscapes or cityscapes.

"I like motion, color, expression and for it to tell a story," he said. "What I strive for is bright colors, movement, atmosphere, and feeling. For the most part, people bring forth the feeling. Atmosphere is often created by weather and light. I am happiest when I work, and I want my work to show my feelings. I like canvases to express color and movement and I want my work to say something."

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