Carol Haigh

Carol Haigh is a Canadian west coast artist. She lives on Salt Spring Island in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia where she has resided since 1955 when her family immigrated to Canada from England.  At the age of sixteen, Carol left Salt Spring with her parents and three of her four sisters on a sailing voyage through the Pacific Islands to New Zealand and Australia, returning here to live.  

Carol's interest in sailing and the ocean remain strong and her bond with the sea is vital to her work.  She finds inspiration in the marine environment around the islands of her home waters and in the constantly shifting mood and colours of the sea and sky.  Carol's paintings communicate her vision of the fragile nature and beauty of our world.  Whether sailing her classic boat "Korari" around the gulf islands or walking along wild ocean beaches, Carol is absorbing the energy and spirit of the sea and gathering ideas for future paintings.

Carol is a self taught realist painter. Her paintings reflect a clarity of light and colour that is achieved by building up multiple layers of thin acrylic washes. Her images are finely detailed and reflect an intuitive knowledge of the sea.