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

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

Parker's paintings are in a book he compiled, " Painting Along the Way: A Southern Scrapbook," aptly named because he paints when he travels. He wrote and illustrated the book, which was inspired by moments in his life, such as being raised in the South and his family's farm, as well as from his travels abroad.

Parker spent more than a year putting the book together, and it’s available for checkout at Coastal Branch Library.

He spends much of his time in his Lookout Mountain home's third-floor loft where he writes and paints. He also spends about half the year at his second home at Sandestin.

Parker is working on a second book entitled “An Empire Divided,” which encompasses the history of Coca-Cola. Much of his information is gathered from families associated with the business and from history centers in the South. He is also working on a commission to produce several watercolors of Wall Street for an executive with Kohlberg, Krevis and Roberts in New York. Parker also is owner and curator of the Mountain City Art Gallery on Lookout Mountain.

The artist has shown his work around his Lookout Mountain home, but never along the Gulf Coast. During the month of May, Parker will debut 38 pieces of his work at Donna Burgess Gallery at Grand Boulevard. The opening reception will be May 3.



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