Special Collection : Violet Parkhurst California Artist

On display at the main library.


Seascape Oil Painting      $400.00/OBO

Friends of the Torrance Library      310/781-7595


                       Artist : Violet Parkhurst

Vermont native, Violet Parkhurst, born in 1921 is best know for her incredible seascapes.  Her realistic depictions of the sea were created using richly pigmented oil paints.  Foamy waves, moonlit seas, and the sun shining off the waters remain popular elements of her paintings.


Her legendary seascapes are collected by over five million people around the world including four US Presidents, two Presidents of China, King of Saudi Arabia and a host of celebrities including her very first admirer Clark Gable.  Her work has been offered at auctions with prices ranging from $70 to $1250.


Parkhurst paintings are on permanent collection in dozens of museums around the world including the China National Museum of Fine Art and the Stockholm Museum.  She has also been on exhibit in the Louvre and Prado Museums.


In 2005 Violet Parkhurst was honored for her contribution to the arts by the city of Los Angeles with a resolution granting her a namesake day, Violet Parkhurst Day, November 3rd.


Her lifetime philanthropic contributions included serving on the board of directors of the Hollywood bowl Easter sunrise service with two years as President. Her artwork has been on the cover of the program for over 20 years. 


In recognition of her lifetime achievement, Violet is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in International Art, Community Leaders, and American Artists of Renown.