A frequently overlooked area of art collecting is works done on paper.  There is often an immediacy and intimacy about art made on paper, and as a practical matter, it is generally possible to collect quality work by artists whose paintings are well out of one's collecting budget.  A drawing, watercolor, or pastel can spontaneously record an artist's earliest thoughts about a subject for us, or it can be a highly finished work, requiring as much artistic skill and effort to bring to completion as any oil painting. In this spirit, our January show presents an eclectic assortment of watercolors, pastels, and drawings, produced between the early 20th century and the present day, all done by artists working here amongst us in the Northwest.

This show features drawings by C.C. McKim, Melinda Thorsnes, Stephen Leflar, Charles Heaney, Bue Kee, Manuel Izquierdo, Carl Morris, Hank Kowert, Robert Hanson, Arthur Selander and Ed Quigley; pastels by Jefferson Tester, Melville Wire, Sally Cleveland, Stephen Leflar, and Charles Heaney; watercolors by C.E.S. Wood, Myra Wiggins, Alfred Schroff, Lucia Wiley, and Edward Sewall; plus a tempera by Charles Heaney.  Please note that all works are framed.

Jefferson Tester (1900-1972)

Portrait of a Southwest Woman


16 7/8" x 14 1/2"


Melville Wire (1877-1966)
Trees & Barn
12 1/2" x 16 3/4"

Michael Parsons Fine Art

716 S.W. Madison

Portland, OR 97205

Phone 503-206-8601

Gallery Hours:  Wednesday - Saturday, 12pm-5pm

E-Mail:  michaelparsonsfineart@gmail.com

Myra Wiggins (1869-1956)

Studio Interior, c. 1930's


9 1/2" x 8 1/2"


​C.C. McKim (1872-1939)

Harbor Scene

graphite drawing

11 1/4" x 18 1/4"

Works On Paper By Northwest Artists

Show Dates: January 2 - January 30, 2016

​Join us on Saturday, 1/23, from 1:30-3:00pm, for an afternoon reception filled with interesting conversation and beautiful art.

Portland artist Stephen Leflar will speak about our new show at 2:00 pm and discuss the topic "The Artist's Most Intimate Touch, Works on Paper."

Stephen LeFlar

Nariyana, May 8, 2015

pastel and graphite

12 1/4" x 9 1/2"