Mary (Schoder) Ver Hoef moved to Anchorage, Alaska in 1971, and grew up in this great land. Raised with moose in the forest outside her window, and spending many hours hiking and skiing on local trails, Ver Hoef had a close connection with the outdoors. She was part of a family that honored and supported the arts, and was encouraged in her artistic endeavors along with her four siblings. Graduating from high school at 16, she studied and worked in ecology and soil science for several years in college. After her marriage to Jay Ver Hoef in 1981 she changed career paths from science to the visual arts and completed a B.A. in Art at University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 1984 and finished an M.A. in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking at Iowa State University in 1989. She then joined the faculty at ISU, teaching Beginning Drawing and Color and Design courses until the couple returned to Fairbanks in 1991 with their infant son, Lander. Ver Hoef taught several semesters of Color and Design at UAF until their daughter Mariah was born in 1994. While home educating her children she has continued to paint and exhibit regularly, averaging one solo show per year. Her work has been frequently included in local and regional invitational and juried exhibits, is part of the Anchorage Museum permanent collection and many private collections.
She lives with her family and several pets in a home with a stunning view of the Tanana Valley and the Alaska Range. She is the owner of Black Spruce Music and Art.
Her exhibition record can be found here.