About Our Art
“I see paintings everywhere that light plays across and unexpectedly illuminates form.”
The subjects of Marla Rush Parnell’s pastel paintings are found all around her, in the context of everyday life.
A native of Springfield, Missouri, Marla attended Missouri State University, where she earned a BA in Art and a BFA in Graphic Design. Studies with nationally recognized pastel artists have given her insights into the medium. Today, Marla specializes in commissioned pastel portraits of children and their pets, and her current emphasis is on animal portraiture.
Marla has exhibited in local, regional and national juried art shows since 1995, winning numerous awards over the years. Since 1998, she has had nine paintings accepted into The Art Show at The Dog Show, a national juried fine arts competition dedicated to canine art. In February 2010, her painting of a Shetland sheepdog was awarded Best in Show, selected from among 567 entries from 195 artists from six countries. Her winning painting was purchased by the sponsors and donated to The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog in St. Louis for its permanent collection.
Marla and her husband, Hue, operate Parnell Studios Pottery and Portraits in Springfield, Missouri, where they both create and teach in their respective media, pastel and clay. Parnell Studios enables artists to delve deep into the creative processes.
Marla is a member of the Pastel Society of America (New York), Gateway Pastel Artists (St. Louis), the International Association of Pastel Societies, Springfield (MO) Regional Arts Council and Visual Artist Alliance of Springfield (MO). She is also a juried member of The Best of Missouri Hands.
Marla exhibits her work in national pastel competitions, art and craft shows and dog shows around the country.
More information can be found at www.parnellstudios.com.