In 1971, Charlotte Wilson-Hammond, aged thirty, emerging as a professional artist with work in an avant garde Toronto gallery, forsook her home in Toronto to move with her husband and young family to Clam Harbour on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore.
Fifty years later, she is able to look back on a long, exploratory and successful but not yet ended career as an artist and arts advocate. In 2004 she won the Portia White Award “in recognition of her outstanding artistry, honouring her many contributions to arts and culture, and crossing cultural borders in Nova Scotia and beyond”.
With her latest work ‘In/Visible’, she has in a sense come full circle, examining with insight and honesty her aging body and the landscape she lives in, with the same spirit, if not the same speed, as she did with a younger body when first encountering the rugged beauty of the Eastern Shore.
* The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts is a prestigious honourary organization of over 730 established professional artists and designers from all regions of Canada. With members nominated and elected by their peers, the RCA has, since 1880, come to represent many of Canada’s most distinguished visual artists and designers. There are 23 members in Nova Scotia.