6/10/15 Notes to Myself:
Looking at art is one of my favorite things to do. Recently, I came across an artist by the name of Emily Carr. I was drawn to her bold use of color and interesting landscapes. I could see a post-impressionist influence and was intrigued by her Canadian origin because of my own.
Born in 1871 in Victoria, British Columbia, Emily started pursuing art in her 20's after her parents death. She studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and in London.
As an environmentalist at heart she focused on sharing her observations and love for the Pacific Northwest landscape and it's culture "at a time when Western Canadians and women artists were not recognized." She made trips to aboriginal villages on Vancouver Island and used her art to document the culture and life of the people. She was invited to exhibit her work at as part of an exhibition on West Coast aboriginal art at the National Gallery. It was this experience that connected Carr to members of the Group of Seven. Canada's most recognized groups of modern painters of that time.
Carr gained significant recognition for her work in multiple genres. And was considered a "a cultural pioneer in Victoria where she lived for many years." Her work is profound in my opinion not only as an artist but as a women. I also like the fact that she ultimately did receive recognition for her many contributions even though it was late in life. Quotes from: about emily carr, the artist - Emily Carr University of Art and Design