Emily Carr

Deep Forest c. 1935,

Oil on paper
17.5 x 11.75 in

Provenance:
Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal
Woltjen/Udell Gallery, Edmonton
Masters Gallery, Vancouver

Many of Emily's Cedar Tree works were painted in Goldstream Park, eighteen kilometers from downtown Victoria. Goldstream, now a Provincial Park, is home to the old-growth temperate rainforest where she developed her mature work, painting forests without Native motifs. Most of Emily's beloved trees are here--Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir, Arbutus, as well as the moss and birds she loved.

In a letter to Ira Dilworth, Emily's close friend, Emily writes "This place is full of Cedars; Their colours are terribly sensitive to change of time and light - sometimes they are bluish and cold green, then they turn yellow warm green - sometimes their boughs flop heavy and sometimes they float, then they are fairy as ferns and then they droop, heavy as heart aches".
-Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Archives