Born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1945 Douglas Hofmann attended grade school through high school in his hometown. After high school he enrolled in a business college in Baltimore only to leave after a month questioning his career choice. He started to work at a local department store as a window trimmer where, Hofmann says, he learned about color design. His coworkers became mentors, one of them being married to a well known Baltimore sculptor Thomas Hoffmaster. His appreciation for art grew and already being very gifted, Hofmann decided to attempt to make a career for himself in art field.