grew up in Ottawa in an art-rich environment where AY
Jackson was “Uncle Alex”, and her father,
Arctic artist Maurice Haycock, encouraged her to draw
as soon as she could hold a pencil. When she was eight,
she began painting in oils on wood panels, with a little
paint box of the type used by Tom Thompson. In 1968 her
father first showed her the intoxicating light of the
Arctic and until 1985 took her on several more painting
trips “north of 60”.
Since 1969 Karole has made her home in Newfoundland,
and has a special interest in northern coastal landscapes
and peoples. From 1993 to 1998, she and her family lived
in Inuvik, Yellowknife, and Pangnirtung. Karole continues
to learn from other artists, most recently at Nova Scotia
College of Art and Design, but her strongest influence
is still her father, who coached her over several decades.
She loves the grace and dignity of the natural world,
its play of light, wind and tide; she works outdoors,
letting the wood of the panel shine through the paint
to reflect the flickering character of natural light.
Karole has had four solo shows, in her home province,
and at Pangnirtung, Nunavut Territory. Her group exhibitions
include several in Newfoundland, Ontario (Ottawa, Toronto)
and the Northwest Territories (Inuvik).
Her work is represented in the government collections
of Newfoundland/Labrador and Nunavut, and private and
corporate collections in Canada, the United States, and
• Grant - 2006 - Newfoundland and Labrador Arts
Council - Arctic Quest
• Grant - 1998 - NWT Arts Council - Inuit Traditional
Sites and Activities in Cumberland Sound, Baffin Island
• Visual Artists of Newfoundland and Labrador (VANL)
• Canadian Artists’ Representation (CARFAC)
• Worldwide Nature Artists’ Group (WNAG )
• League of Artists of Western Newfoundland (LAWN)
Ewing Gallery, Corner Brook, NL; Java Jack’s Restaurant
& Gallery, Rocky Harbour, NL; and CoastLines Studio,
Rocky Harbour NL, www.coastlinesstudio.com.
Teaching and Related Activities
During the Arctic Quest voyage, Karole presented an illustrated
talk on her father’s introduction to the Arctic.
She is preparing Maurice Haycock’s 1926/27 Arctic
diary for publication. Karole has led painting workshops
in Pangnirtung, Yellowknife, and Inuvik, and at Gros Morne
and Fundy National Parks. She initiated and chaired an
Arctic Renewable Resources program at Inuvik, developed
a major program of exhibits and other media for Gros Morne
National Park, and created two small exhibits for the
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife.
While working up her Arctic Quest material for ongoing
exhibitions, Karole is also exploring some new artistic
Karole Haycock Pittman
P.O. Box 445 Rocky Harbour NL A0K 4N0