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Painter in oil and tempera, teacher, but chiefly a wood engraver. Her engravings involve a subtle use of light and shade, springing forms and very delicate hatching. She was born in Irvine, Ayrshire, and was married to the painter William McCance. Parker studied at Glasgow School of Art, 1911–17, teachers including Maurice Greiffenhagen and Forrester Wilson, won a Haldane Travelling Scholarship, then taught at the School for two years. She and her husband then moved to England where she taught for eight years, at schools in Gerrard’s Cross, Buckinghamshire, and in Clapham, at the same time studying wood engraving with Gertrude Hermes and her husband Blair Hughes-Stanton. In 1930 the McCances went to Wales to run the Gregynog Press. She exhibited at SWE of which she was a member, RE, Society of Artist Printmakers, RSA, Redfern Gallery and in America.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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