She is remarkable because she actually made her living as an artist. (Not a common thing for a woman in the late 19th/early 20th century in Minneapolis). She not only sold her oil paintings, painted china, and pyrographic art, but she also hosted studio showings and gave art lessons.
|From The Minneapolis Journal, Friday evening, 12 Dec 1902|
|painted platter given to her brother Joe York, Christmas 1908|
Carrie never married, and from a sweet letter we found from her father (Robert W. York), it seems there might possibly have been some romantic disappointment with a fella at some point. Still, through other newspaper snippets in the society columns of the day, we see Carrie was active in social clubs and busy with her art. She also helped to raise her twice-widowed brother Joseph's two sons, and cared for her aged mother, Cecelia Maloney York, who lived to be 96.
Carrie's artistic style was after the fashion of the day: copying prints or photographs for her oil paintings. Like or dislike her style, you have to respect her for making a living with her art!
|Carrie York (1865-1955)|