My theme this year is the ABCEDARIA of Women who have inspired me.
C is for Carr, Emily
Emily Carr, Canadian painter and author - here is the wiki about her - just for inquiring minds -
Emily Carr (December 13, 1871 – March 2, 1945) was a Canadian artist and writer heavily inspired by the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. One of the first painters in Canada to adopt a Modernistand Post-Impressionist painting style, Carr did not receive widespread recognition for her work until late in her life. As she matured, the subject matter of her painting shifted from aboriginal themes to landscapes—forest scenes in particular. As a writer, Carr was one of the earliest chroniclers of life in British Columbia. The Canadian Encyclopediadescribes her as a "Canadian icon".
Now - why does she inspire me? So many ways - she had to fight the establishment to be accepted at all - as a young woman she waited until her parents' deaths in the early 90s before being able to attend art school. She struggled with a lack of resources as a single and eccentric woman in hide-bound Victoria, B.C. but she kept on. Her writing about that in the wonderful books The Book of Small, and Growing Pains in particular inspired me. And then there is her art. Oh... her glorious glorious depictions of the wilds of British Columbia. To see her forest paintings is a religious experience as far as I'm concerned.
When she could no longer paint she continued to create by writing and did some of her finest work in her later years - all of that is deeply thrilling to me. I believe anyone who creates should read her autobiographical writing. She so brilliantly depicts the heart of the artist. Oh - and her quirky weird whacky ways - the menagerie she kept with a monkey and dogs. And how she kept herself sane and was also kind in her way to her sisters. Yes, I deeply admire Emily Carr and am so glad to have seen her work in the National Art Gallery.
Are there any artists out there who inspire you with their lives and works?