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Jerry Read Hancock
(1938 - )
Ogden born, Jerry Read Hancock, receives much of his inspiration from domestic animals, such as horses and cattle. This was an essential part of his childhood, as he was raised on a diary farm. This is where he worked with his father and twin brother throughout his childhood.
He attended college at Weber State University, receiving a Bachelor’s of Science as well as a degree in Art Education and History. He was employed by Weber School District as an art teacher where he taught for sixteen years. He earned a Masters of Education in Guidance Counseling from Brigham Young University, and continued working for the district as a guidance counselor. After 32 years of working in the public education system he retired, in 1996.
Hancock, with some other artists, purchased a vacant building in Ogden. His goal was to support the redevelopment plans in Ogden, making this space one that he could use to create his paintings. After almost two years of renovation, the building was finished and he began to paint with serious goals I mind.
During this time in his life he pushed himself as an artist, leaving behind many of his early inspirations and focusing on other topics. These included Native Americans, African families, stills and landscapes. He is now known by a wide variety of subjects that he paints. His work is still very easily recognizable with his highly detailed and colorful style.