Susanna Moodie. Canadian literary character, and real life woman: pioneer, writer and guiding voice to those back home on the rigors of frontier life. Her husband was a drifting dreamer with little ambition and even less physical ability to survive in the wilderness. He stayed in town for months at a time while she manned the homestead, suffered starvation and sickness alone with her children, learned to hunt for herself, learned to appreciate what her native neighbors taught her and brought her, and wrote and burnt letter after desperate angry letter to her husband when she had no one to talk to. To her sisters, to the women of England, and to her publisher she sent words of jolly stiff-upper-lip practicality, friendly tips on how to preserve wild strawberries, and documented the botanical wonders of the "new" world. In the real day-to-day Canadian winters of her life, she faced, as did many women of the time, most of her hardships on her own.
This drawing and the drawing series titled Omar Khadr Is The Man In The Moon are a few of several drawings in my Monsters & Martyrs collection, featuring mysterious characters in the Canadian landscape.