Frederick J Haycock was born in Warwickshire in 1948, where he still lives with his family.
He studied at both the Nuneaton School of Art and Coventry College of Art Design, where he trained as an illustrator. In Art college he was only interested in abstract and modern styles at the time. As such he is he is essentially self taught, very much influenced by Sir Alfred Munnings, Lionel Edwards and John Fardley Kenney.
After leaving college he worked for ten years as an illustrator, painting in his spare time. Due to the increasing demand for his work, he began painting professionally in 1982. Local exhibitions of his work led to many private commissions and his originals are now in collections in Europe, USA and Japan. In 1984 he won 2nd prize in The Horse and Hound Centenary Art Competition coming second to Leesa Sandys-Lumsdaine. His work was first published by Soloman Whitehead in the late eighties and all of his earlier Limited Edition Prints are now sold out. However with increasing family resposibilities, Fred went back to technical illustration to pay the bills. Eventually however these skills were replaced by computers and in 2007 he approached Sally Mitchell who was delighted to snap him up!
These days Fred is best known for his hunting scenes, and has already seen over twenty of his works published as Ltd Edition prints. In 2010, at The Society Of Equestrian Artists exhibition he won best sporting painting for the second time. He is a regular at the Athersone meets, but can also be seen following The Quorn and The Fernie.