Audrey Bottrell Parks 

Best of Missouri Hands Juried Artist, commissioned artist for ESPN, Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, Promega Corporation, MSU West Plains, PGA golfers and a host of others, Audrey brings years of professional experience to the classroom. Earning her Art Education degree in her home state of Wisconsin in 1979, she has taught publicly and privately for more than 30 years.

After working for Carol Bancroft & Friends, a renown Art agency in Connecticut, she returned to Wisconsin and established her fine art portrait business. Currently residing in Missouri, her portrait and instruction endeavors continue to flourish.

Her exquisite portraits grace the walls of homes and businesses worldwide and have been published internationally. The ESPN portraits were unveiled on the nationally televised Skins Games in 2003 and 2004.

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“My work has been predominantly realistic portraits of people and animals in graphite, charcoal, pastel or acrylic. Iʼve always been intrigued with bringing a piece of paper or canvas to life with a portrait. There is something so captivating drawing life! It gives me such a rush that I hurry back to do it all over again!”

After spending time in the bluffs overlooking the Lake of the Ozarks, I have been inspired by bright, bold colors often dancing in the evening sunsets. I feel the energy and life of the color. A new kind of portrait has begun. Not one that is necessarily representational, but abstract.

Creating is a calming therapy in a chaotic world. I love to create for the sheer joy it brings. It is also the reason I love to teach, so my students can experience this joy too!  I firmly believe the EVERYONE CAN LEARN TO DRAW REALISTICALLY!”