Perry Haddock was born in Berkeley, California, and moved to Vancouver at the age of seven. He attended the University of British Columbia, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He later completed a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology, and retired in 2003 after many years as a teacher and counsellor in a Langley secondary school. Although he was interested in painting from early on, it wasn’t until he began a teaching career that he began to study art seriously. Following a fifteen year period as a potter, Perry turned his interest to drawing and painting, eventually teaching art in high school and pursuing his painting through college classes and workshops. He is a signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and the B.C. Art Teachers’ Association. His paintings are held in private collections in both Canada and the United States, as well as in Europe. Perry has participated in many juried shows with the Federation of Canadian Artists, and in a number of Western Canadian galleries. In 2004, he had a small solo show in Paris, France, where he was proud to introduce his impressionistic North American landscapes to the "home of impressionism".
"For me, art is simply a way of expressing mood. Whether I paint or sing or play a tuba, I’m expressing my personal reaction to my world at a given moment, so I want my paintings to reveal something of my emotion and my personality to those who see them. I choose watercolour and acrylic as the “freshest” of mediums, and I enjoy the interplay of purpose and accident which the quick drying watermedia allow me to explore. Although my subjects range from Italian coastal bays and Parisian markets to western Canadian and American landscapes, I’m always searching for the simplest expression of the moment, the image which evokes an impression rather than a detailed rendering. Perhaps that’s why I enjoy painting “en plein air” or doing pen and ink sketches on site as sources for paintings which I later develop in my studio. Unlike photos, my sketches become my “edited reality” during the few minutes I have to do them.
British Columbia’s west coast has been my home for most of my life, so I am most comfortable painting the landforms and coastal waters near my home, finding new and interesting subjects with each day’s changing light."