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2009 Pro>Active Publications


Journal a/Women in Educational Leadership, Vol. 7, No. I-January 2009 ISSN: 1541-6224


Emily Carr (1871-1945) is described as one of British Columbia's most re- nowned artists. I became aware of her work on a recent visit to Vancouver. Her paintings are a main feature of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

In reading the description of her work and a bit of her biography, I was struck by her accomplishments, her stature as an artist and a writer, and her career path. She was a painter for many years and received no support or en- couragement for her painting. At the age of 42, she apparently abandoned painting and turned instead to a variety of jobs to earn a living. After a 15 year hiatus, she was invited to exhibit some of her work. Only when her work was recognized by the Group of Seven did she receive any encourage- ment for her artistic endeavors.