work on paper     

Artist Statement

Philip Brown Parsons

Philip Brown Parsons’ work reminds us of why we love and live in the Lakes Region. A gifted hand, a gentle stroke, a peaceful mind, and a sense of the outdoors give his drawings an endearing and nostalgic quality. One wants to spend time with Parsons’ work, to tarry in its presence, and to absorb his mastery.

Parsons was not one to draw every brick but there is texture, depth and detail in all of his work. He was a master of pencil, ink and watercolor, sketching on any available nearby paper, perhaps a piece of cardboard, an old greeting card or a paper bag. He also did works in oil and pastels, often using mixed media. In his portfolio, the roads and farmhouses are familiar. The birds, horses and pets might be our own.

Philip Brown Parsons was a vibrant member of the mid century art scene in Boston and Lexington, MA. He was an illustrator for Houghton Mifflin, and Little Brown. His drawings appeared on the covers of many sporting magazines and LL Bean catalogs. For the last 200 years, Parsons’ family has had strong ties to Lake Winnipesaukee and to Center Sandwich. Out in the early morning with his sketchbook, he drew many of the works presented here on the walls of the gallery.