Mason Parker Watercolors

Portland, Oregon

Announcement    Mason Parker Watercolors offers the widest selection of representational art of Oregon that you will likely find, as well as fused glass home and garden decor.


Last updated on Mar 12, 2021

Mason Parker Watercolors offers the widest selection of representational art of Oregon that you will likely find, as well as fused glass home and garden decor.



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About MParkerWatercolors

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Video summary: A stained glass jukebox I made for myself.

Preserving local history painting by painting since 1990.

I grew up in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, near the Connecticut River and its tributaries, railroad bridges, rustic factories, mills, and abundant variety of trees. Later, at U Mass Amherst as an art major, I found my favorite medium to be drawing scenes in pen and ink and coloring them in with watercolors.

Moving to Portland in 2007 was the first time I'd lived in a city or near trains, and seeing the activity at intersections further inspired me. Businesses of all kinds crowding together competing for visibility, accented with bends of wires and pipes. Automobiles, with their drivers in as many kinds of clothing and moods, stopped at signals. I see intersections as a cross section of pedestrians, plants, and small animals going about their business, and often engineering feats of town planning. When I need more subtle activity for a while I paint rivers, which are also filled with life and give life to their banks.

Nearly all paintings I do on site. I like being there long enough to take the people I meet, the weather, overall feel of the scenery. I use sheets of 140lb. hot press paper and draw with waterproof ink first. Unless I get amazing cloud formations or other atmosphere, the watercoloring is usually added in last. More recently I found that pastel coloring works even better for many river scenes and compensates fo extra logistics time.

Though I prefer my depictions as accurate as possible, to tone down or eliminate obstructions, or even turn the scene back in time to how I first remembered it, is a minor compromise to reveal its beauty. To keep it professional enough to be easily recognizable by local residents but fun enough to not look like a photo is my goal. Even when there is an obvious main subject, like a waterfall or specific building structure, I find it important to give the surroundings equal attention.

Some originals are still available, but all images on my website are always available as greeting cards, 17"X11" prints, and full size art prints.

Production partners

  • Bridgetown Printing

    Portland, OR

    They printed my books.

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Last updated on Mar 12, 2021
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

Yes, as long as it's within my realm of style and subject matter.

For example: I will gladly do a painting of your home, shop or street and can add your car and other inanimate objects, or take out obstructions.

I am limited in my ability to render human or animal figures.

I do not do portraits, cartoons, architectural plans, or anything else I cannot see in front of me.

Size recommendations are as follows:

15"X11" Great for most single houses and buildings.
22"X15" Great for a picture of your street.
30"X22" Recommended for wide panoramic views.