Karole 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
Her work is represented in the government collections of Newfoundland/Labrador
and Nunavut, and private and corporate collections in Canada,
the United States, and Great Britain.
• 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 )
• Polar Artists’ Group (PAG)
• 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 directions.