A Fascinating Amazing Lady And Her Monkey Named Woo
Hi Ladies and Gentleman, Let me introduce myself, I’m Megan.
I grew up in Washington, for the most part, spent a bit of time in Cali as a child and then ended up in Oregon at 18. I had the pleasure of meeting my wonderful friend Marilou in Oregon, and after our short-lived talks about not having kids we both ended up with a bundle of joy. 😀 She has been a dear friend to me for many years, and we have survived the good, the bad and the ugly, in life together. I was married for a long time, then a few years ago I got divorced. I thought it was a failure of sorts at first, but then I realized how much stronger I am now. I have my own business coordinating events, as well as a regular job working with special needs children. I love spending time with my son, art is my passion and I wanted to share one of my favorite artists with you.
The first artist I want to share with you is a family member of mine named Emily Carr. Her art was so inspiring to me, and as I went through life, I decided to do further research on her. I found the simple way she lived her life to be far more inspirational than just her art. When I first got divorced it was devastating. Then I woke up and realized I get another chance to live the life I wanted, and do the things I wanted to do! Every cloud has a silver lining and all dark clouds eventually pass, then you are able to see the sunshine again and breathe fresh air into life. I felt free and that anything was possible.
Some of my friends thought I was losing it for a bit, with my threats to buy a monkey, 😉 but I had my meaning behind it. When I was younger my Grandmother would tell me all kinds of stories about the times she would spend the summer with Emily in Victoria. My favorite one was about her pet monkey “Woo”. Emily was, and is, a famous artist but she was also the daughter of a wealthy business man, and I’m sure was expected to behave as such, but she did not follow the traditional behavior for a well to do kind of young woman. Emily seemed to blaze her own trail in life. In Victoria they have high tea at the Empress Hotel, this is a formal tea and if you show up in less than a dress or suit and tie, even to this day, they will ask you to leave. Now Emily being Emily would attend high tea but she would put her own twist on it, and bring her monkey Woo in his suit. Can you imagine all the head turns as she marched in and sat down for high tea with a monkey in a suit?!! What a sight that must have been, but that was who she was, god love her!
As an artist Emily captured so much life, she built her own camper on the back of her truck and headed out into the world to paint. She stayed with the native Americans and painted many of her most famous paintings of totem poles, trees and Native American life. My favorite paintings she did were of the trees, you can almost see the wind blowing through them. Two years ago, I was able to take my son to see her work at the art gallery in Victoria. Needless to say he was amazed. During our trip I passed on to my son the stories my Grandmother had told me as a child. Then took him to see the statue of Emily and her monkey. It was one of my favorite trips and I am so glad we did it. I encourage anyone who is in Victoria to go check out her old house, her art in the gallery and get dressed up for high tea! 🙂
She was quite a fascinating personality, and an amazing woman and artist, she lived life to the fullest.
When I was threatening to buy a monkey I was simply enjoying the freedom we often take for granted! Who cares what people think, be happy, buy a monkey if you want, and make your own impression on the world, because life is an amazing adventure and we sometimes forget to live it…..
Author Megan Diment
Editor Marilou Taylor