CANADIAN ARTIST KATHY HAYCOCK
Kathy M Haycock is at home in Canada's Algonquin Region, in the Ottawa Valley between Ottawa and Algonquin Park. Inspired by the rugged landscape of the surrounding Madawaska Hills, she began weaving tapestries in 1973 and also worked in stained glass and pastels before discovering her passion - oil painting - in 1998.
Kathy grew up in Ottawa surrounded by the art of her father, Arctic artist Maurice Haycock and his painting partner A.Y. Jackson of the Canadian Group of Seven. She cites them as her major influences. Early Arctic trips with her father introduced her to the lure of the North and infused a sweeping and graceful rhythm in her work.
A dedicated plein air painter, Kathy worked exclusively outside onsite for years before doing any studio work at all. She continues to find her deepest inspiration when immersed in the wilderness landscape. The experience of "being there" affirms a deep connection with the natural world, a respect and awe and comfort which Kathy shares through her paintings. Daily she steps outside her home into the Algonquin forest. Frequently she heads North to the Arctic to paint its vast breathtakingly powerful and fragile vistas, or South to the rich desert colours and shapes of the American Southwest. She also works in her studio at home, a restored log barn, developing themes and large canvases derived from her plein air field sketches.
Kathy exhibits in select solo and juried shows. Her award winning art is in private, public and corporate collections across Canada and internationally. She is represented at Cube Gallery in Ottawa, Bittersweet Gallery in Burnstown, Deerhurst Resort at Huntsville and the Wilno Craft Gallery in Wilno as well as Studio 737 near Actinolite/Tweed. She frequently presents lectures, slide shows, workshops and demonstrations. Her paintings are featured in numerous books and publications, recently "Artists of Algonquin" and "Wild Women, Painters of the Wilderness", the latter about a group of three Canadian wilderness artists of which Kathy is one. She is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists and the international nature artists organization Artists for Conservation. She is an active member of the East Central Ontario Artists Association. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society in recognition of her artistic and wilderness conservation commitment. A portion of all her sales is donated to environmental causes.