The completion of Parsons’ light-filled studio in Southold, NY, in 1960 ushered in a decade of work characterized by a simplification of form and color. Designed by architect and artist Tony Smith and overlooking the Long Island Sound, it fast became the artist’s regular weekend retreat and the site of concentrated art-making. Winter Southold (1966) comes from a period in the second half of the 1960s when Parsons incorporated increased linearity into her paintings. Interlocking bands of white and brown suggest bare trees in a snowy landscape, punctuated by areas of green and black. As Parsons embraced a reduced palette and simplified composition in this painting, nature remained very much her source of inspiration.