Doug Hoch's interest in art began at the age of 9. His brother had
been attending weekly oil painting classes for 2 years, which their parents supported. Doug felt he could try his hand at the same medium and be as successful and as creative as his brother. He was grateful
his parents supported their creative aspirations. The support and encouragement provided by his parents changed the direction of Doug's life.
His talent continued to unfold as he took art lessons for another
five years. Doug continued to work with
oils and mixed media throughout his high school and college years. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Kutztown
University in 1975, where he majored in
Sculpture and minored in Painting and Art Education.
Following graduation - through the
1970s - he worked in the art department for a silk screen printer-fabric manufacturing company. On his own time, he expanded his art skill through carving and casting in bronze. In 1976, Doug designed and built a large styrofoam carving of Mount Rushmore for a parade float for the
United States Bicentenial Celebration.
Doug's responsibilities changed in 1977 following the birth of his daughter Jocelyn. He learned the craft of brick and
stone masonry and worked as a skilled tradesman and designer for several years.
In the early eighties, he became a draftsman for an engineering and surveying company. He would continue working and developing in this profession for the next 36 years. (He likes to say that the Civil Engineering field
allowed him the opportunity to sculpt the land.)
His skills in computer drafting and his interest in the
environment led Doug to expand his areas of expertise into DEP and U.S. Army Corps and PennDot permitting. Grading and designing stormwater conveyance systems included the design of many rain gardens over the years. These water management structures have become the norm for land development projects
across the country. It is important
to incorporate Best Management Practices (BMP's) to obtain permits and design projects in an environmentally conscientious way. Doug incorporated these same ideas into his home gardens and landscape design. He also applied his craft of brick and stone work to buildings and landscape features throughout his property.
Doug is now semi-retired, which allows him plenty of time to devote to his art. In the spring of 2018 he painted
a 22 ft. wide by 12 ft. tall mural of a sunrise for the Unity of Reading Spiritual Center in Temple, Pennsylvania. Previously, in the early 1990's he painted another large-scale interior mural (The Good Shepard) for St. Paul's church in Fleetwood, Pennsylvania.
Recently, Doug has been painting in oils and watercolors. His recent work is currently on display at The Muse Jewelry and Fine Art Gallery in Venice, Florida, owned by his daughter Jocelyn and her husband Forrest.
Doug is interested in enhancing his spirituality and learning more
about the metaphysical aspects of our world. His belief system has changed the direction of his life and his approach to his work.
Douglas Hoch's contemporary paintings are available for view and sale at The Muse Gallery, 101 West Venice Ave., Venice, Florida. Images of earlier work can be viewed on this website in the members' gallery, or at the linked Facebook pages.