As artists we need to make our way in the world the best way we can.
Emily Carr did it by raising dogs, running a boarding house, teaching young children about art, selling Haida baskets, decorating pottery. How wonderful to think her painting at auction this week might fetch more than any other Canadian artist in history. I hope it does. But, how much more wonderful if her work was appreciated when she was still here to get the benefit.
I always loved the story in her biography that she hung all her chairs on the walls, if she didn’t want you as a visitor, well the chairs stayed hung on the walls. Too fun.
Her writing by the way, which she published in her later life is well worth the time to read. Robertson Davis said about House of All Sorts, that “I predict that Emily Carr will be generally recognized as one of the foremost among the few important writers that Canada has produced.”