Hale was educated at Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and the Art Students League during the 1940s. He returned to formal studies in the 1970s and received a Ph.D. in morphology and perceptual psychology from Union Graduate School. Since the 1950s he has lectured extensively at a variety of institutions, and currently teaches anatomy and the elements of drawing at the Art Students League in New York. A widely traveled man, Hale's interests range from the development of sophisticated metalworking techniques for sculpture to more broadly based humanistic concerns. Through his sculpture and writings Hale explores the cycle of life and the growth and forming processes of humankind, concerns that led him to establish The Ages of Man Foundation, an organization in Amenia, New York, dedicated to creating a sculpture park and chapel based on the cycle of life theme.
Virginia M. Mecklenburg Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press for the National Museum of American Art, 1987)