ART PARKINSON, S.C. — A small memorial on the lawn of Art and Craft Parkinson’s home in the Charleston area will be decorated with a portrait of her son, who was killed by a police officer.
The portrait, by artist, writer and artist James L. Stewart, is an ode to Art Parkinson, the son of artist David Parkinson, who died in police custody on Feb. 12 after being charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.
Art Parkinson was charged with having a gun while in possession of marijuana, according to the Charleston Police Department.
Art Parkinson was a friend of David Parkinson and was a graduate of the Art Institute of Charleston, according a memorial to him posted on the memorial’s Facebook page.
The family said the portrait will be displayed on the wall of their home in a windowed room, where it will be visible to the public.
It is a tribute to Art and Art’s friendship, family members said.
The painting, which is a digital rendering, was created in response to the death of David and his son, Art Parkinson III, in a police custody incident on Feb 12.
David Parkinson III was arrested and charged with assaulting an officer after he was allegedly involved in a disturbance with another officer, according the Charleston Gazette.
David Parkinson III has been in jail since his arrest, where he was charged on multiple counts of assaulting an police officer, including felony assault and battery.
He was also charged with obstructing an officer.