Artist Spotlight + Inside the Artist Studio of Queen Hope Parker


Queen Hope Parker was born and raised downtown New Orleans. She is a Registered Nurse and Doula. Her grandfather was a visual artist, Father a chef, Grandmother seamstress. It’s no wonder her path lead her to where she is now.

You may ask, “What is Poetic Art?”

According to Queen Hope, “Poetic art is the story behind the art in a poetic form. Most of my art tells a story about history, where I’m from, where I’m going, what I believe in, who I am, my dreams or my mission and vision. I create the poems from my thoughts and paint the vision.”

Queen Hope Parker is one of twelve artists chosen to portray 300 icons in celebration of New Orleans 300th birthday. So far, her portraits of Louie Armstrong and Band Director Edwin Hampton of St. Augustine High have been revealed.

“Growing up my dad would listen to music and teach us about it’s history. Louis Armstrong was one of the legends he taught us about. Since then, Louis Armstrong has always been a musical icon to me. ” – Queen Hope Parker 

A portrait of Edwin Hampton commissioned by Nola Media Group, producers of | The Times-Picayune as part of its tricentennial project, 300 for 300: People who make New Orleans, New Orleans.

“This portrait was so exciting to paint. Everyone who grew up in New Orleans knows ‘St. Aug.’ band is a huge deal. Each Carnival season people wait to see their school band, ‘The Marching 100.’ It was no denying St. Augustin was the best. Thanks to Band Director Edwin Hampton of St. Augustine High School Marching 100 for making parades a musical finale.” – Queen Hope Parker

Discover more about Queen Hope Parker and her creative process here
Learn more about 300 for 300, people who make New Orleans, New Orleans here