Parsons holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts, Christchurch (1990). He has exhibited extensively throughout Aotearoa in dealer galleries and public institutions. His works are held in several significant public and private collections including the Chartwell Collection (Auckland), Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (New Plymouth), the Sargeant Art Gallery (Whanganui) and Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū. Parsons has a number of public works around New Zealand, Numbers in Palmerston North, Invisible City in Wellington and Passing Time in Christchurch.
Parsons is represented by Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch.