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The southern California artist and craftsman James A. Parker (1914-87) was active in San Diego from the 1950s through the 1970s as a jewelry maker and enameler. He taught art, photography and English locally and was an early member of the design collaborative Allied Crafstmen of San Diego.
Parker's jewelry designs were exhibited at the Pasadena Art Museum in 1968 in the exhibition "California Design Ten", and in the 1970s he became more involved with enameling and also produced a small number of paintings. It is from this later period that these paintings, all from the estate of his widow, date.