Ian Parker was born with a rare condition where his joints are permanently fixed. Like fellow MFPA artists Rob Trent and Alison Lapper, Ian attended Chailey Heritage School where he developed a talent for painting. After studying for 'A' levels Ian took a Foundation Course in art to develop his skills. He secured a place on a Fine Art degree programme which resulted in a move to Stoke-on-Trent where he lives today.
‘As someone who always enjoyed art and painting, knowing of the MFPA encouraged me that one day I might be able to earn a living as an artist. Since graduating with a degree in Fine Art, working with the MFPA has meant that I have been able to be an artist full-time, doing the very job I love’Ian Parker
Whilst studying for his degree Ian met Mary, whom he went on to marry. The couple now have two daughters who often feature in Ian's work. Ian is a committed Christian whose faith plays an important role in all aspects of his life. To see more of Ian's work visit his album in the 'Gallery' or visit Ian's own website at www.ianparkerart.com