Born in NYC on Nov. 19, 1899. As a child Douglass began to draw under the guidance of his father Dewitt. By age 10 he was painting landscapes and at 15 he had one of his works exhibited at the NAD. He later studied briefly at the Art Students League in NYC, Académie Julian in Paris, the Boston Museum School, and with Frank M. Fletcher. In 1917, he settled in Santa Barbara, CA with his family and established a studio in Alexander Harmer’s old adobe. Parshall traveled extensively seeking subject matter in the remote corners of the world. His subject matter is diverse including landscapes with figures, portraits, and horses. His works won many awards in California exhibitions. During the 1960’s and 1970’s he taught portraiture at the Santa Barbara Art Institute. Parshall died at his home in Montecito near Santa Barbara on Aug. 29, 1990.