Living in the Eastern Ontario wilderness by Algonquin, Kathy M Haycock is living the experience her paintings communicate. Describing her favourite “studio” as on location, her work builds on the values the iconic Group of Seven laid out for capturing the beauty of Canada’s natural landscapes, but with her unique touch and sweeping rhythm. The award-winning artist cites her father, Arctic artist Maurice Haycock, and his long-time painting partner A.Y. Jackson (of Group of Seven fame) as inspirations in her work. Painting daily on location or in her restored log barn studio, a deep appreciation for natures beauty is clear on her canvases. Kathy extends her range outside of Canada as well, with painting trips to the American West drawing her to Arizona’s Superstition Mountain wilderness. Kathy has explored the remote back country and Sonoran Desert, admiring and sketching the exposed geology, unique light and warm colors of the Southwest. She began her art career with a love for plein air oil painting after years as a fiber artist and tapestry weaver. Though largely self-taught Kathy continues to take workshops from artists she admires, including Dennis Cliff, Charles Spratt, Doris McCarthy, Lucy Manley, Ron Rencher, and Sheila Davis. Kathy is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA), Artists for Conservation (AFC) and the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA) and the Federation of Canadian Artists. She is a member of the Canadian Plein Air Painters, Arizona Plein Air Painters, Wild Women Wilderness Artists, East Central Ontario Art Association, the Madawaska Valley Studio Tour and the Plein Air Ensemble. Kathy has been recognized with awards in numerous juried shows and solo exhibitions. Her paintings have been featured in many books and publications, and displayed in public, commercial and private galleries both domestically and internationally. A firm supporter of conservation, Kathy donates a portion of all sales to environmental foundations.
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