Though mainly self taught, Kathy’s view is strongly influenced by her father, Arctic painter Maurice Haycock, and by his close painting partner of 30 years, A. Y. Jackson. She grew up surrounded by their work and first glimpsed Canada’s vast land in the paintings they brought back from their numerous sketching trips across Canada.
Kathy began weaving in 1973. Arctic trips with her father to Beechey Island in 1975, and Baffin Island and Greenland in 1984 introduced her to the lure of the North and inspired a graceful sweeping rhythm in her work. The flowing, uninterrupted land lent itself to lively, fluid woven images. After years of tapestry weaving, stained glass, design and pastel painting she tried oils and instantly fell in love with them and on-site painting.