A recent transplant to Decatur, Hoag earned a BS from the University of Southern Indiana that gave him a broad background in graphic design, printmaking, painting and woodworking. His MFA degree from the University of Notre Dame focused on drawing and painting. Today he is intrigued by a variety of surfaces as his "canvas," including live edge hardwood slabs.
His roots in expressionistic landscapes combined with studies in Mexico, led him to explore vibrant and unusual color palettes. Hoag incorporates his love of painterly brushwork and color into gestural portraits of people in private places, landscapes and playful still life compositions.