With over 15,000 years of history, Canada has accumulated a rich cultural heritage influenced by both its indigenous peoples and continuous waves of immigration. One of the focal points of the nation's culture is visual art, which encompasses a number of art forms: ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and many others. Whilst Canada's population has continually changed and grown over the years as a result of immigration, Native Canadians have continued to produce art encompassing indigenous values and customs; renowned modern Native artists include Rita Letendre and Kenojuak Ashevak. Important artists of European descent have also emerged from Canada, such as abstract painter, Jack Bush, and impressionist-influenced artist, Eric Goldberg. During the early 20th century, English-descended artist Emily Carr married her own European influences with those of indigenous peoples around her, depicting scenes and traditions of aboriginal life in painting, sculpture, pottery and textile.
Though Hastings initially described the artist as “ugly, ferocious, greedy”, it wasn’t long before a tumultuous and passionate love affair ignited between the two creatives.