A Maritimer , Jessie Parker graduated from Mount Allison University ,N.B (BFA, B.Ed), having studied under Colville, Harris Jr and Silverberg, specializing in painting in oils. Following graduation, she switched to acrylics for painting. A camera in her hand since age 4, she developed in interest in photography as its own medium and began doing professional photography in 1972. She continued to paint until the mid 80’s, whereupon she made the completed changeover to photography and photo based art. Her photo based work has been entirely digital since 2001.
She has had 8 solo shows (Maritimes, Ottawa, and Britain), and dozens of group shows involving both her painting and photo-based art. Her largest show was at Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown in 1979 (photo-based art). Following her move to Ottawa, Canada, by the mid 80’s she made the evolution from the gallery scene to the publishing world via stock photography and has been published worldwide since 1987 via First Light, Alamy, Getty.
On the practical side, she taught Fine Art off and on in the 60’s and 70’s (Maritimes, Hamilton,ON), mainly high school and university levels. In the mid 70's a 2 year stint at Atlantic Conservation Centre (National Museums),Moncton as a photographer. In the 80’s, a 3 year stint at the National Gallery of Canada, giving tours of collections and special exhibitions, pulling in record setting capacity crowds. In the 90’s a 7 year stint as a financial planner after which she returned to photography full time in 2000.Recently she has been sought after for workshops for professional artists, for articles for arts publications, and as guest speaker for several arts groups in the Ottawa area.
Since 2009, she has been developing her own unique version of a new medium in fine art photo based work involving photo based digital painting. (See Artist Statement) She has been actively showing this new medium through Arteast, ArtsOttawaEast locally, Elaine Fleck Gallery, Toronto, and Frederic Remington Gallery, Ogdensburg, NY. She has won several awards for her new works (2009,2010,2011).Most recently at Ottawa Art Expo,2011,and the Toronto Art Expo, 2012, her work caused quite a stir about her new medium and imagery. She is currently a member of artist-run Foyer Gallery, Ottawa. Her studio is in Ottawa, Canada
Memberships: CARFAC since 1968;Member of NAPP (National Assoc. of Photoshop Professionals) since 2000;Arteast Ottawa and ARTSOE since 2009
Represented on Saatchi Gallery online since 2007.Biographed in second edition of Dictionary of Canadian Artists, and Maritime Artists II. Published in "International Contemporary Artists", Vol IV, and soon, Vol V, from ICA Publishing ,New York, NY,and Athens,Greece.
Recent shows,2011,2012:Nov 20- Dec 2, Figureworks Annual Juried Show, St Brigids Art Centre, Ottawa;Oct 19-Nov 20, 2012, Mosaic,30th Anniversay Show, Cornwall Regional Art Gallery; Sep 30-Nov 30, 2012, AJAE 2012, Arteast group show, St Laurent Centre, Ottawa, First Prize for Across The Piazza; Sep 12-30,2012, Flash (Festival X), Foyer Gallery;Aug 23-Oct 5,2012 Cornwall Regional Art Gallery Annual Juried Photo show, winner of Honourable Mention;Aug 22-Sept 8,2012, Night Visions, Foyer Gallery;July 11-29,2012 Mid-Summer Visions ,Foyer Gallery;June 20-Jul 8,2012: "Heat", Foyer Gallery, Ottawa;Gallery,Ottawa, , Foyer Gallery,Nepean; May 9-27,2012: "Art at the Plex",Foyer Gallery,Ottawa; ,April 20-22,2012:Toronto Art Expo International Juried show,Toronto ; Feb 16-March 20,2012:Arteast annual :,juried show,"Mix of EmotionsOttawa; Feb 1-27,2012: International Juried show,Light Space,Time Online Gallery (2 International awards);October 29,30 ,2011 Ottawa Art Expo , Ottawa. Sept 30 -November 10,2011 Arteast Juried Awards Show, Ottawa (Award). August 20 ,2011 Art on The Farm, Experimental Farm,Ottawa. August 28-Oct 26,2011 Arteast Award Winners of 2010 show, Promenade Gallery, ShenkmanArt Centre, Ottawa, Sept 29-Oct 25,2011 ArtsOttawaEast (AOE) Juried Show "Selections 2011", at Trinity Gallery,Shenkman Centre ,Ottawa June 1-15,2011 Contemporary Artists Spring Juried Catalogue Show, Elaine Fleck Gallery, 888 Queen St West, Toronto. May 14- Sept 11,2011. Members' Juried Art Exhibit, Frederic Remington Art Museum, Ogdensburg, NY,USA (Award), Feb. 18-Mar 23, 2011 Arteast Juried Annual Theme Show ,Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa
See www.jessieparker.ca re commercial photography, stock photography.