“Scorned portray the damage caused by extensive logging.

“Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky” was created by Emily Carr in 1935. Carr was born in British Columbia, 1871, to wealthy parents who encouraged her growth as an artist from a young age. She was taught at the California School of Design in San Francisco, the Westminster School of Art in London, and a private school in Cornwall. She went on to become a renowned landscape painter and modernist who focused on natural and Native American themes. The painting itself was made using oil on canvas, of dimensions 112 x 68.9cm, and takes on an Impressionistic style. It features a large tree, almost branchless save for the very top, that dominates the center of the whole scene from top to bottom. At the foreground, the large tree is surrounded by rows of stumps on a hill on the right side, implied to have once belonged to similar trees, and a forest of smaller trees on the left. A couple of tall trees are visible in the background receding with the atmospheric perspective. The view of the painting suggests that Carr was looking at a distance far enough to see the main tree as a whole with little proportional distortion. The texture of the brush strokes and the dominating vertical line of the tree guide the viewer’s from the bottom towards the top. It is clear that Carr is trying to call attention to the impact of deforestation and the need for conservation of what nature there is left. Carr is taking the viewer back to witness the wilderness she grew up in the way she does. The placement of the dead, scorched earth and tree stumps at the very front of the foreground were placed to portray the damage caused by extensive logging. Then, much of the viewer’s attention is called up towards the upper portion of the scorned tree where it is illuminated and framed, almost triumphantly by the clouds, which themselves are given life and movement by her brush strokes. The ultimate point that Carr seems to be trying to get across in this painting is that nature is fragile, but capable of enduring as long as it is given the chance to survive. Sources:http://www.museevirtuel.ca/sgc-cms/expositions-exhibitions/emily_carr/en/about/index.php