Hall Groat Sr. is an an American Impressionist painter and a native of Syracus, New York where he studied painting; worked towards his Master of Fine Arts degree and began his life long career as an artist. Groat has dedicated his entire full time professional career, spanning over forty years, to pursuing his passion for art. The Berkshire Museum was the first of several museums worldwide to acquire a major Groat work. The museum purchased the prize winner, Magalopolis, one of the largest of Groat's railroad paintings. This is where the late Norman Rockwell first discovered him and invited the then twenty-nine year old to dinner in the Berkshires.
The United Nations awarded Groat with the honor of having a series of paintings for their stamp reproduction. The series of ten paintings is in the permanent collections of the United Nations Philatelic Museum in Geneva, Switzerland. In addition, Groat's paintings are included in the collections of notables such as President Jimmy Carter, the late Jacob Javits, Henry Kissinger, Fred Perry, Sir Michael Tippett, Christopher Keane and the late Arthur Fiedler. Ambassadors among countless others have also invested in his work.
In recent years, Groat has turned his attention to the corporate world with emphasis on banks, churches, brokerage houses, and insurance companies. His work is included in numerous corporate collections throughout the world. Clement Greenberg one of the nation's foremost art critics, once stated that "Hall Groat was an artist who could make it" and he was proven correct.