Doug Hatch was born in rural Wisconsin and spent his formative years in upstate New York's Hudson valley. It was there that Hatch, as a child, was exposed to the works of Thomas Cole and Fredrick Church.

Hatch began to see the landscape through the eyes of these painters. Formed the ideal that he must observe in every detail the world around him and eventually begin to record it. Filtered through the eyes of his own vision.

While in the service with the Air Force, Hatch studied Art History and Pre-College, discovered other influences that made an impression. Edward Hopper's composition and color. Charles Sheeler's precision and reflected light. Hatch's first short series of paintings ermeged from this, strengthening his desire to capture in painting the every day scenes that usually go unnoticed or are taken for granted.

In 1975 he entered university on the G.I. Bill. He left two years later and for the next four years he supported himself working as a landscape laborer, chauffeur, and decorator of ceramics in a stoneware pottery. He continued to paint here and there and whenever time allowed.

From 1981 through 1983, he studied at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. There he was able to take color theory to the next level and discovered the work of the new Realists.

He has been a full time painter since his first solo exhibition in 1985.

The works of Doug Hatch are included in more than 300 private, corporate and permanent collections in the United States and in Europe.