Jay Parnell: Influential African American Portrait Painter

Do you have to be a starving artist to be successful? Absolutely not! Jay Parnell not only works at UPS, but he is also a narrative painter. Parnell started out as a portrait photographer and then took those skills and taught himself how to paint. Parnell is now one of the most successful painters in the Midwest, and his work is sought after by collectors across the country. How do you take the world we are now living in with movements such as Black Lives Matter or the political divisions across this country? Parnell may not be a writer, but he is telling his story and making a difference through each piece he creates.

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