Jerry Hancock was born and raised on a farm in West Weber County, Utah. An Ogden native he graduated from Weber State University and received his MA in guidance and counseling from Brigham Young University. Jerry worked as a art teacher and guidance counselor for 32 years, and received recognition as Utah Teacher of the Year. Since retiring in 1996, he has devoted his time to producing art, particularly art devoted to farm life. His efforts in both oils and pastel have been awarded numerous awards and honors. In the 24th annual Sears Dixie Invitational for the first time ever the Best of Show Purchase Prize and Best in Show Prize were awarded to the same artist, Jerry Hancock. One of his paintings hangs in the state capital building . He has also received The Mayor's Award.
Jerry paints mainly in oils. In addition to painting domestic subjects he also enjoys painting portraits, wildlife and still life. "It should come as no surprise that my subject matter reflects the surroundings in which I grew up. Horses and cattle are a favorite subject. I enjoy the beauty of country life. It is visually appealing, and I enjoy the challenge of preserving its nostalgic quality. There is a spirit and sense of peacefulness in the country that i try to convey to the viewer along with my relation and feelings about the subject."
"I've always thought God's creations were incredibly beautiful. I have also derived inspiration from the work of two exceptional American artists. David Leffel and Richard Schmid"