Beth Van Hoesen (1926-2010) was born in Boise, Idaho. She received an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and also studied at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute), the Ecole de Beaux Arts de Fontainebleau, and in Paris and Mexico. She studied with David Park and Clyfford Still. Van Hoesen has had numerous exhibitions in the United States and is represented in major collections in the U.S. and abroad. Her work has been the subject of several books including Works on Paper, A Collection of Wonderful Things, and Wonderful Things.