Joe Parrott was born and lives in Knoxville, Tennessee. He earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from 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. Influences include Edward Hopper, Van Gogh and printmaker Martin Lewis.

Artist Statement

“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.”