Wild Women is a celebration of the wilderness as seen through the eyes of these three women artists: Joyce Burkholder, Kathy Haycock and Linda Sorensen. The book presents reproductions of each artist's paintings, and photos of the artists at work in the landscape and in their studios. It includes short biographies of each artist, followed by a section of conversations that illuminate and compare their individual approaches and techniques. The foreword and afterword bring the message of the importance of conservation directly to the reader. Wild Women: Painters of the Wilderness is a beautiful art book that is also a strong statement by women about recording, sharing and preserving the Canadian wilderness. It introduces to a wider public a group of contemporary professional women painters who work together and support each other in their mutual goals. Part of what makes this book unique is that it presents the lives and work of three established female Ottawa Valley artists who gather together to paint the wilderness. Each has a back-to-the-land experience that drew her to this remote, rural area and connected her to the wilderness.
About the authors
Award-winning artist Joyce Burkholder paints outdoors in all seasons and in her studio located near Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada. The rugged and rocky landscape, wind-blown white pines and sparkling lakes provide endless inspiration for her internationally collected oil, acrylic and watercolour paintings. She also offers Adventure Painting Workshops in rural and wilderness settings near Algonquin Park. She lives in Wilno, Ontario, and is a member of the east Central Artist’s Association and Artists for Conservation.
Kathy Haycock has lived in the Ottawa Valley’s Algonquin Region, near Lake Clear and the village of Eganville, since 1973. Kathy grew up surrounded by the art of her father, Arctic artist Maurice Haycock and his close painting partner, A. Y. Jackson of the Canadian Group of Seven. Kathy exhibits across Canada and the U.S. in juried shows and has won numerous awards.
"Wild Women is an extraordinary collection of brilliant work that captures a uniquely Canadian wilderness. Burkholder, Haycock and Sorensen are talented artists, original and dedicated. One could spend many an enchanted hour turning the pages of this beautiful book. Wild Women may well become a collector's edition. Bravo on this publication!"-- Sandra Gulland, international best-selling author of the Josephine B. Trilogy and other works"It is refreshing to see the work of a group of women stimulated by the drama of the wilderness in Ontario. Such colour! Such dramatic brush strokes!" Observing nature is always important and these women have represented her majesty brilliantly."-- Birgit Freybe Bateman, photographer"An art book that goes far beyond art -- the personal story of three remarkable painters whose lives are intertwined with the natural world. Their stunning portrayals of Ontario's magnificent wilderness areas become an eloquent and timely plea for landscape preservation."-- Janet Foster, nature photographer and f ilmmaker"This book brings Algonquin's wild land- scape vividly to life. A compelling and thought-provoking collection that makes a powerful plea for the conservation and protection of the gifts of nature."-- Louise Maffett, former Executive Director, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society