Arctic Quest
In 2006, twenty-five artists marked the 100th anniversary of Amundsen’s 1906 navigation through the Northwest passage with a journey of their own.
Painting shown is part of the Vancouver Maritime Museum's permanent collection.
Kathy M. Haycock
Painting by Kathy M. HaycockArtist's statement

In 1975 I spent a week at Beechey Island, where the Franklin expedition stayed 1845-46. John Torrington age 20 years was the first to die. I always have, and always will, think of his memory when visiting Beechey Island.

That was towards the end of “the Little Ice Age,” when staying over winter meant being iced in 11 months or 2 or 3 years, or crushed in the ice. This is certainly not the case now.

Perhaps Franklin would have made it through the Northwest Passage if the climate had been the same then as it is today.

Sacred to the Memory of John Torrington
16" x 20"
Oil on Canvas

Kathy M. Haycock

Kathy grew up in Ottawa. In 1973 she moved to a rural setting near Eganville, a small Ontario community located between Ottawa and Algonquin Park.

There she began spinning natural fibers and weaving tapestries inspired by her new surrounding landscape. Kathy also worked in stained glass and then pastels before eventually taking up oil painting in 1998. The first two shows she entered won best of show and honourable mention.

Though largely self-taught her interpretation is strongly influenced by her father, Arctic painter Maurice Haycock and by his close painting partner of 30 years, A. Y. Jackson. Early Arctic trips with her father introduced her to the lure of the North and inspired a sweeping and graceful movement in her work. She has traveled to the Canadian Arctic and Greenland since 1975.

Kathy’s lively landscape paintings are animated with weather, wind, light, sensuous forms and rhythmic motion. Primarily a wilderness painter, she works outside on location in all seasons, inspired by the immediate and exuberant experience of painting from within a landscape. Through painting she hopes to increase awareness of the importance and fragility of nature’s simple and often under appreciated natural places.

Kathy has taken workshops from Charles Spratt, Lucy Manley and Dennis Cliff. Her work is represented in private, public and corporate collections from the Yukon to Newfoundland, and in the USA, Europe, China and Australia.

Paintings can be viewed at Bittersweet Gallery in Burnstown, the Gallery at the Club at Bond Head, Eclipse Gallery in Huntsville, the Madawaska Valley Studio Tour, and at the Woodland Gallery, Eganville.

Lectures, Demonstrations
History of Painting in the Arctic – slide presentation, South of 60 Arts Centre, 2003
Painting from Nature – demonstration South of 60 Arts Centre, 2003
Arctic Painting and Inspiration – slide presentation, Adventure Canada 2002 and Quest Nature
Tours 2006

Society of Canadian Artists (SCA)
Arctic Quest (Founding Member)
Worldwide Nature Artists Group
Madawaska Valley Arts Council
East Central Ontario Art Association, Algonquin Park Exhibition Coordinator
Plien Air Ensemble
Visual Arts Ontario

In Publication
Madawaska Valley Tourist Brochure, 2003
Rural Women’s Book of Days, 2005
On-Site with Maurice Haycock, Artist of the Arctic, 2007

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