Emily had met Lawren Harris when she traveled east in 1927; this leader of the Group of Seven would become a mentor to Emily, advising, comforting and cajoling her as she struggled with her isolation. Their relationship pivoted on their shared reverence for nature; both felt that art provided a unique experience which heightened the artist's perception of life in a continually unfolding relationship with the natural world.
It was he who recommended that she move away from the "Indian motif" and towards more direct contact with the landscape as a way of freeing her from external artistic influence. Increasingly drawn to abstraction in his own work, he was a strong advocate and Emily felt compelled to try to find a new approach to her work. She later admitted "His work and example did more to influence my outlook upon Art than any school or any master."1

1Emily Carr, Growing Pains – An Autobiography, (Toronto: Irwin Publishing, 1946), 252.

Emily Carr
1929 - 1933
Ontario, CANADA
Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA
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