Parris Jaru was born in St. Ann, Jamaica in the mid seventies.
At an early age, Parris began to learn how to carve wood from fallen trees to make flutes and drums. Later, after moving to New York City, he started a jewelry company named Blufork’s NYC catering to such clients as Barney’s Co-op, Anna Sui and Patricia Fields. Parris says, "Creating hand made jewelry from wood, semi precious stones, copper and silver brings me back to my first understanding of how to create art from materials found within the earth."
Although he immersed himself in the jewelry design, he still spent those years developing his voice on canvas.
In Jamaica as a child, Parris's method was to mix various colored stones with soil, water and fat from the animals to make paint. From that understanding and after experimenting with various other mediums over the years, he later settled with Plant Powder Pigment /Acrylics to paint in the style of abstract expression. He feels through the Herbs he paints with, he can experience conversations with god and the land as one; bringing him closer to the essence of his upbringing.
Parris Jaru now resides in Brooklyn, NY and exclusively works on commissioned pieces for his personal clients and interior designers.
“The more I give to artistic expression the more it has given me, painting has become my instrument of survival as well as my greatest love in this life. When I show my work my only expectation is to speak to those with an open ear who has a desire to hear my speech outside of normal conversation.
Then my job for the moment is done.”