Joe Parrott was born in and lives in Knoxville, TN. He earned a BS degree in Business Administration at The University of Tennessee in 1967 and is a self-taught artist. He worked in the graphic arts industry for 43 years while continuing to pursue his artistic aspirations. He currently paints full-time and is dedicated to a lifelong pursuit of creative evolution and exploration. Joe is influenced by Edward Hopper, Van Gogh, and printmaker Martin Lewis. Joe states, "I want my work to express the elation I feel when I see bright sunlight reflecting off a brick building; when I see sparkling reflections in a body of water; when I see a bright blue sky illuminating objects in a deep shadow. These things inspire me to paint. For me, it's all about the light and shadows."