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|The following biography was written and submitted by the daughter of the artist, July 2009.|
Gail Hoeck was a creative thinker who was constantly learning new ways to
express her art and to share what she learned with those who came to
know her. She had an ability that most people will never get to
experience. She was an innovator and a leader in her art community. She
wanted to pass on her experiences and talent to others. She was a free
spirit that loved experiencing life.
Gail Maurice Hoeck was born August 18, 1938 in New York City, to
Raymond and Eleanore Maurice. She was the middle of three children,
brother Raymond and sister Julie. She grew up in Montclair, New Jersey,
a suburb of New York City. After, graduating from Montclair High School
in 1957, she attended Parsons School of Design in New York City in
1960. In 1964 she attended classes at the Art Students League and the
School of Visual Arts.
During the 1960’s she worked and lived in New York City and Colorado.
Working as a fashion illustrator was the beginning of her art career.
She took this time to travel to Europe where she gained inspiration for
her artistry. Constantly learning and absorbing any information she
came across during her travels she was getting to know herself.
In 1970 she married family friend Kenneth Hoeck, they settled in New
York City. After years of trying for children, she finally gave birth
to her only daughter in 1976. In 1979 they moved to New Jersey where
she began to participate in art shows and attended art workshops and
seminars. In the late 1980’s she had to put her art career on hold to
care for her parents. Her father’s death in 1990 was especially hard
for her because he saved her from a blood disorder when she was an
infant. Her mother suffered many strokes and stopped painting in 1988.
Gail began a period of self discovery with her daughter. As her
daughter I grew up around creativity and learning I was always watching
her paint and make things like Halloween costumes and art project for
school. I never realized what this meant to me until much later.
In 1992 she moved the family to Arizona where she began her own career
in art while still taking care of her mother. Her mother passed away in
1995, so she began to explore the art districts in Scottsdale and
downtown Phoenix. While attending art walks and festivals throughout
Arizona and New Mexico she absorbed the southwest and loved exploring
1994 she started teaching at the Chandler Community Center and hosted a
number of workshops representing the Scottsdale Artist League. In 2000
she started showing in juried shows. She won numerous awards from the
Arizona Art Alliance. She was president of the Scottsdale Artist League
in 1999. Her art is in numerous private collections across the nation
and is currently represented in Red Rock Collections in Sedona.
She was diagnosed with cancer in 2005. She was still working on many
pieces of art as well as her autobiography. September 15th 2007 she
lost her quiet but spiritual battle with cancer.
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