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MOWA artist thrives after Air Force career

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Roger Parsons is the Museum of Western Art's featured artist of the month.

The Museum of Western Art will showcase the oil landscapes of Roger Parsons this month.
Parsons was born in Indiana in 1957. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1979, and a master’s degree in structural engineering from Purdue in 1983. He took art classes whenever time permitted during his 20-year-career with Air Force. In 1999, he settled in San Antonio, and continued to study art with numerous prominent artists and at the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts. About six years ago he had a stroke, which he recovered from after a full year of rehabilitation. These days, he paints full time.
“The primary influence on my work is Arturo Chavez, protégé of Wilson Hurley, noted for his large scale western landscapes,” Parsons said. Other influences are representational painter of the American West, Dan Mieduch; and contemporaries Michael Lynch and Camille Przewodek, both who are great advocates and practitioners of the Plein Air Movement.
“My goal is to get the ‘non-art’ person to do a double-take, to stop for a longer look. If a viewer has an emotional response, or they feel like they are at the location depicted – that would be success.”
A wine and cheese reception will be at 5:30 pm, Thursday, Aug. 17.. Non-museum members are invited to attend with a suggested donation of $10; museum members attend receptions for free. Please call 896-2553 to RSVP.
The Museum of Western Art is open from 10 am to 4 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, at 1550 Bandera Highway.
For more information, call 830-896-2553 or visit the website at