Born in San Joaquin County, California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Arthur Haddock was primarily a self-taught desert landscape painter, excepting one month that he studied at the San Francisco Art Institute. He began drawing at age 15.
His close friend was Maynard Dixon with whom he traveled and painted widely in the Southwest. About 1920, Haddock went to work for the Southern Pacific railroad and then for twenty-nine years, worked for the Santa Fe Railroad on the night shift so he could paint during the day. His studio was in Stockton in the Union Building until 1947 when he moved to Santa Fe where he died on August 30, 1980. In the 1960s, he also had a studio in Prescott, Arizona.
Exhibitions: Philomatheon Club (Stockton), 1929 (solo); Bay Region Art Association, 1936; Haggin Gallery (Stockton), 1927, 1931 (solo), 1940, 1945 (solo), 1946.
Collections: Museums in Phoenix, San Antonio, Grand Rapids, and Santa Fe.
Source: Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940 Doris Dawdy, Artists of the American West, Volume II (Interview with the artist)