September 2002 to September 2004, artist
Scott W. Parker crisscrossed the country driving a specially-outfitted
Jeep. He also travelled on foot, by kayak, by ferry and bush plane with
a singular, visionary goal: to document the National Park Service’s
58 diverse National Parks, spanning from the Arctic Circle to the Virgin
pastel drawing, photography and writing.
After completing the final 6 Alaskan National Parks, Scott returned
with a huge collection of works in pastel and oil. The first showing
of selected works took place in September 2004 at The
in Denver. In December and January appropriately enough, Scott showed
selected works from the National Park Project at the National Parks Conservation
Association gallery in Seattle. March, April and May of 2005 a showing
of 58 drawings was held at the City of Chicago's Gallery
37. To promote the show, Parker was interviewed in Chicago by NPR's Scott
Simon. You can listen to the archived interview by clicking HERE.
Scott is driven by a deep desire to document the raw and natural beauty
of each park from deep within its boundaries, off the beaten path, and
far from the well-trodden park roads.
He hopes that those who have not had a chance to visit the parks first-hand
will be able to, through his works, develop a sense of appreciation for
these national treasures. His works have the power to foster a desire
to learn more about these and other natural sanctuaries.
He also hopes that his bold adventure will inspire young artists to discover
the world around them, interpreting what they see through their unique
lens and creative style.
Scott’s itinerary, as well as a sampling of the hundreds of images
in Scott’s National Parks Project portfolio, can be viewed through
the link “Scott’s
Itinerary and Works.”