Mohawk Valley artist Jim Parker paints scenes of Cape Cod, here

Folk artist Jim Parker Sr. researches and paints watercolors of historic sites in both New England and the Mohawk Valley. Some of his works were recently featured in Cape Cod Life magazine.

Mohawk Valley-place people artist Jim Parker Sr. won’t at any time expect to run out of thoughts for paintings. 

And with jobs in the operates locally and in New England, it’s quick to see why. 

His sequence of watercolor paintings showcasing unusual automobiles at historic places was the topic of an post in the August concern of Cape Cod Daily life magazine. Parker worked with the Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts, which has a selection of 41 classic automobiles.  

“They’re priceless,” he reported of the cars and trucks. 

Parker suggested to the museum’s reward store supervisor that he paint the vehicles in front of different websites all-around Cape Cod.

The museum delivered him with a guide displaying all of the vehicles and he went to perform, consulting community historians and older residents in purchase to recreate historical websites and regional settings, as nicely as period clothes, for the yr the cars and trucks ended up created. 

The consequence was a series of 26 paintings.

“Some have many automobiles in them,” he explained. 

This painting of a 1930s Packard roadster is shown parked in Osterville on Cape Cod with a street background and clothing styles matching that time. It is one of folk artist Jim Parker's 26 paintings featuring rare automobiles from the Heritage Museums & Gardens collection.

A 1937 Wire 1812 Phaeton Supercharged V8 is demonstrated with picnickers at Brant Stage in Nantucket with a lighthouse in the history. A further painting recalls the arrival of the area’s 1st motorized fireplace truck, a 1916 Fort Design T/American LaFrance Chemical Pumper. 

Even though Parker did not know it at the time, well-known folks artists Ralph and Martha Cahoon had painted scenes of the place showcasing mermaids, instead than vehicles. 

“I operate with 8 museums and 11 historic societies, and they all have do the job for me,” mentioned Parker. “Cape Cod’s nautical background is a serious motivator for me there.”  

Folk artist Jim Parker Sr. painted this watercolor of a nautical scene.

He served in the U.S. Navy, was a scrimshaw artist and owned and operated art and wildlife retailers in Boston prior to shifting to Clapsaddle Farm in Ilion. He has been traveling to Cape Cod since the late 1980s, when he bought a household there with his son.

Parker’s spouse, Hilda, died in Might, and the farm is now rented to a regional spouse and children. He divides his time concerning Cape Cod, exactly where his son life, and Herkimer, the place he life with his daughter.  

“I rotate about every single two months,” he mentioned.  

Jim Parker Sr. painted this watercolor of a windmill in New England.

Parker is currently performing on a series of historic paintings of the Revolutionary War period forts from Schoharie to Rome. 

“I just finished a painting of Fort Wagner, concerning St. Johnsville and Fort Plain,” he reported. “The stone property is nevertheless standing.” 

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