Carol Parkett was born in 1969 in Phoenix, AZ. In 2024 Parkett will be receiving her bachelor’s degree in fine arts at Dine College in Tsaile, AZ. Parkett participated in a group show in the 2015 Student Art Walk at Dine College, Tsaile, AZ. Her current artwork is abstract expressionism that is based on images she finds in everyday life. She is working on a series of paintings to add to her portfolio. She is a finalist in the 2023 Black and White competition hosted by Camelback Gallery for the acrylic painting, People. Parkett currently works and lives in Tsaile, AZ.
In 2013, I applied to Dine College located in Tsaile, Arizona with the intention of expanding my massage therapy practice. The problem, at the time, was that there were no available spots in the required classes for physical therapy, so I took painting for my general education classes. It is funny how closed doors give you other opportunities. The journey to becoming an artist is unexpected, but painting is my happy place, my therapy.
It is the colors that grabbed my attention. The colors, and color combinations are the reason I fell in love with painting, well, that and the opportunity to share the unusual images I see in my surroundings. I like to add the earth’s natural materials, specifically, sand, to my paintings for texture. I have always felt that the materials from the earth, such as sand, stone, clay, and even plants have a calming effect if you choose to listen. I can lie down in a field of scattered petrified wood chips and fall into a peaceful sleep.