Completed just before Emily Carr died in 1945, Growing Pains tells the story of her life, beginning with her girlhood in pioneer Victoria and going on to her training as an artist in San Francisco, England and France. She writes about the frustration she felt at the rejection of her art by Canadians, of the years of despair when she stopped painting and of the unexpected vindication and triumph she felt when the Group of Seven accepted her as one of them. Carr is a natural storyteller whose writing is vivid and vital, informed by wit, nostalgic charm, an artist's eye for description, a deep feeling for creatures and the foibles of humanity.
Growing Pains is the fifth of the seven books by Emily Carr to be published by Douglas & McIntyre in a completely redesigned edition, each with an introduction by a noted Canadian writer or an authority on Emily Carr and her work.
About the authors
Beloved Canadian artist and writer Emily Carr (December 13, 1871—March 2, 1945) was born in Victoria, British Columbia. She studied art in the U.S., England and France until 1911, when she moved back to British Columbia. Carr was most heavily influenced by the landscapes and First Nations cultures of British Columbia and Alaska. In the 1920s she came into contact with members of the Group of Seven and was later invited to submit her works for inclusion in a Group of Seven exhibition. They named her The Mother of Modern Arts about five years later.
Robin Laurence is an award-winning freelance writer, critic and curator based in Vancouver. She has a B.F.A. in studio arts and an M.A. in art history, and was educated at the University of Calgary, the University of Victoria, the Banff School of Fine Arts and the Instituto Allende in Mexico. She has written dozens of essays for local and regional galleries, and her articles on art have appeared in many magazines. Laurence was also visual arts critic for the Georgia Strait and the Vancouver Sun.
Other titles by Emily Carr
Autobiographical Sketches by Emily Carr
Sister and I from Victoria to London
From Victoria to London
Studio Billie's Calendar
A Perpetual Calendar
Childhood in Victoria
Early Voices — Portraits of Canada by Women Writers, 1639–1914
Sister and I in Alaska
Unknown Journals of Emily Carr and Other Writings
This and That
The Lost Stories of Emily Carr
Penguin Black Classics: Klee Wyck
Penguin Black Classics Edition
Other titles by Robin Laurence
Fresh Seeing - French Modernism and the West Coast
An Artist's Memoir
A Sense of Place
Art at Vancouver International Airport
Sur le fil de l'expérience
Legends of Vancouver
Spirit of Haida Gwaii, The
Bill Reid's Masterpiece
The World of Emily Carr