Johnice Parker was born in Memphis, Tennessee and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Memphis Academy of Arts. While studying abroad in Madrid, Spain, Parker attained an Arts Certificate from the University of Madrid. Following graduation, Parker traveled extensively throughout Europe, the United States, Mexico and Canada. While her appeal and perspective are truly contemporary, Parker draws her inspiration from familiar and personal experiences that are the subject of her paintings. Her art expresses experiences based in family tradition, the church, community and nature. This is especially true of her platform images in chalk pastels, which she first became known for in the art world. Each of these paintings tells a story of life and the connections with family and family relations. In more recent years, Parker has used vibrant colors in her mix of media to produce textural richness in her abstracts paintings, landscapes, seascapes and portraits. Each of her paintings reveal the motivating power of life and life’s lessons.
As a result of her amazing and prolific gift, Parker’s work has been collected widely throughout the world. Her work can be found among private collectors, in museums and among permanent public art spaces. The power of her work is not limited to museums and collections alone. Parker’s art is appreciated for the stories they tell connecting the spirit and experiences of life. Parker has opened herself to share her gifts with other artists as they explore their talent.
Currently Parker is emerging as a writer as she completes a book of prose to accompany a body of work entitled, Painting Past the Pain. These works explore visually and verbally what it is like to go through life changing and challenging experiences that take you to the brink of giving up, but Spirit will not let you. This book combines two art forms and is due for release soon. Parker is President/CEO of Earl Grey Productions - an art venue.