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Lived/Active: Utah/California      Known for: landscape, figure

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is submitted by Robert B. Hilton, friend and student of the artist. Most of the text came from an autobiographical book published in 1978 and from his obituary.

Lee K. Parkinson, artist, teacher, and lecturer, spent nearly all of his years in the West, receiving his art education in Los Angeles in the 1930's and studying also at the Chicago Institute of Art. After graduation he joined the art and model department at Universal Studios where he was influenced by Millard Sheets, the watercolorist.

Through necessity as well as desire he found himself in the commercial art field where he worked until 1960. Turning his thoughts to his early training in fine arts, he launched into freelancing and teaching in the early 1960's, during which time there was a decided change and development in his style and technique.

During his early days in school he was influenced by Joe Packer, a roping cowboy artist, under whom he studied, and LeConte Stewart, the veteran Utah artist. Those early days provided many exciting experiences in the field, with pencil, pen and ink, watercolor and oil, which became the nucleus for his later training and study. Many of his early years were spent studying techniques associated with watercolors, the medium he primarily employed until about 1945. Many of his present-day methods are a carryover from a re-dedicated study launched by him in about 1960, wherein he relied upon his early training to develop his present style and scope.

For a period of about 10 years, he dedicated a great deal of his attention to traveling art seminars, which were conducted on a three-day basis from city to city throughout the West. In his later years he spent 18 months in Cairo, Egypt and painted a number of oils there.

He developed PGM, a drying and glazing medium used with oil colors. He resided with his wife Doris in the foothills of Layton, Utah, where he maintained a studio and a gallery in his home. He was the father of eight children.

Reproductions of his best pieces of work have been reproduced over the past few years and now form a substantial collection of graphic representation in book and card form. He taught well over 1200 students, and traveled the Western states, primarily Wyoming, New Mexico, California and Nevada, in search of new material and subjects. His works hang presently in many galleries in the West and his paintings are in private collections throughout the world.

He died December 14th, 2000 in Ogden, Utah at the age of 87.

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Born in Ogden, UT on March 17, 1913. After studying art in Los Angeles in the 1930s, Parkinson joined the art department at Universal Studios, working under Millard Sheets. He was a commercial artist in southern California into the 1970s. He died in his native city on Dec. 14, 2000. His work includes desert landscapes. Member: SWA; Desert Art Center.
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