The sun enriched the old poles grandly… The mothers expressed all womanhood – the big wooden hands holding the child were so full of tenderness they had to be distorted enormously in order to contain it all. Womanhood was strong in Kitwancool. Emily Carr

Post-Impressionist and Modernist painter, writer and thinker; a champion of First Peoples; an advocate for social justice; and an environmentalist- Emily Carr was a true visionary. Emily Carr House

Writing is a strong easement for perplexity. My life is a map, spread out with all the rivers and hills showing. Emily Carr

I’ve been doing a lot of “talking;” so for today, I will let Emily Carr’s minute, paintings and words speak for themselves. Oh, and a few words spoken by other’s about her and her visual and verbal portrayal of the Pacific Northwest.

Be careful that you do not write or paint anything that is not your own, that you don’t know in your own soul. Emily Carr

Emily Carr was a Canadian painter and writer whose legacy includes breathtaking, iconic images of the Indigenous cultures and landscapes of Canada’s northwest. During her lifetime, Carr received relatively little recognition for her art, and success eluded her. While often deeply discouraged, she persisted. Finally, in 1927, Carr’s painting excellence captured the eye of Group of Seven artist and founder Arthur Lismer, who pronounced her an unofficial member of the esteemed collective. This acknowledgement inspired her to continue pursuing her dream. Near her life’s end, Carr’s paintings gained widespread popularity. But it wasn’t until after her death that her renown soared, and her place in Canadian history and culture was secured.  wikiart

  I think that one’s art is a growth inside one. I do not think one can explain growth. It is silent and subtle. One does not keep digging up a plant to see how it grows. Emily Carr

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More than half a century after her death, she has become a Canadian icon. Her long preoccupation with the Indigenous culture of the Canadian west coast coincided with the beginnings of a rising tide of awareness and confident self-identification on the part of Aboriginal people . . . [H]er passionate involvement with nature and its portrayal coincided with a[n] . . . awareness of environmental issues and . . . sense of loss associated with the disappearance of “nature” in our own day. And the fact that she was a woman fighting the overwhelming obstacles that faced women of her day to become an artist of stunning originality and strength has made her a favorite of the women’s movement. wikiart

Do not try to do extraordinary things but do ordinary things with intensity. Emily Carr

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For more videos on the life and art of Emily Carr, see for example: From the Forest to the Sea; The Welcome Man; The Emily Carr Collection; A Woman of All Sorts

*oatcakes&snowdrops: Canadian women’s history one minute, one moment at at time . . .