Perry Haddock was born in Berkeley, California, and raised in Vancouver, BC. After a long career as a repressed high-school teacher and counsellor, Perry retired in 2003 to become a free man. Unrestricted by school bells and adolescents, his inner creative self suddenly exploded with colour and a passion for stretched canvas. Since that time, Perry has become a popular and respected landscape artist, best known for his colourful, impressionistic renditions of Western Canadian scenes. In 2012, he was awarded senior signature status (SFCA) by the Federation of Canadian Artists, an honour from his peers which he carries with pride.
Perry’s work reflects his love of western Canada, and especially the coast of B.C. near his home, but his travels throughout Canada and Europe have enriched his imagination and his palette. His portfolio of paintings includes many scenes from his travels, from the Alberta foothills to Newfoundland shorelines and French markets. He is a prolific painter, with a loose and spontaneous approach to his work. He likes nothing more than a chance to pack up his brushes and head to a nearby riverbank or forest glade, where he’ll spend a couple of hours recording his impressions of his immediate world. Those small plein-air paintings become the inspiration for larger and more complex studio pieces, which challenge Perry to retain the spirit and freshness of the on-site sessions.
Perry paints from his home in Surrey, B.C., where he lives with his wife, Rene. Their two daughters and four grandchildren live in France, a serendipitous coincidence which prompts a need for frequent visits.
Perry is represented by galleries in Vancouver, BC, Fort Langley, BC, and Canmore, Alberta.