Ross and Mark Parkinson are Canadian artists specializing in soapstone sculpture. A father and son team, they live and work in Phillipsburg, Quebec, a small town near the American border.
Mark, the elder, initially sculpted in wood but switched to soapstone in the early 1970' . In 1977 a piece of his work was presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The sculpture, titled "Fun and Games" , was presented to her visit to Canada on the occasion of her 25th Jubilee. It is presently on display in Buckingham Palace.
Ross began his career in the early teens. While attending high school he apprenticed part time with his father. Before long Ross was exhibiting exceptional carving skills and subsequently took his place by his father' side. In 1983 Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau presented one of Ross' sculptures, a large bear, to her Royal Highness the Princess Diana . On the same occasion a large plaque of a bear,also carved by Ross was presented to His Royal Highness, the Prince Charles.
Ross's son also a Mark is now continuing the family tradition.