After more than 50 years as one of Portland’s premier collage artists, Eunice Parsons is still showing new work.
Parsons first developed an interest in art as a 10-year-old, attending lectures at the Art Institute in Chicago. While raising three children in Portland, at a time when most women’s roles were often limited to home and family, Parsons began to pursue her artistic passion by enrolling in the Portland Museum Art School. She began teaching there in 1957, alongside leading Portland artists Louis Bunce and Mike Russo, and continually furthered her art career by experimenting with painting, printmaking and eventually collage.
Today, at the age of 96, Eunice is still actively creating collages and artwork daily in her home studio. Her innovative and imaginative works are displayed in numerous institutions throughout the Pacific Northwest, including the 12 x16 Gallery in Sellwood. You can also see her work on display at the Portland Art Museum through November, and you can learn more about her this week on Oregon Art Beat.