Beautifully illustrated and unaffectedly written, "Wild Roses" is an honest but loving remembrance of the homesteading era in northern Alberta in the thirties and forties, and the resolute people who endured it. Artist and author dutchie Rutledge-Mathison uses vivid colours and a primitive style in her paintings. Woven among the bold images are the author's powerful stories that touch the emotions and reveal the hardships, and the joys, of the homesteading life.
Born one of twins in an isolated farmhouse in Albertas Swan Valley, dutchie Rutledge-Mathison is among the last of Canada's homesteading generation. She married at seventeen and lived with her husband, an airman, in England for three years before they returned to live in northern Canada. In 1965 dutchie moved to Vancouver with her two children so she could attend Simon Fraser University, while her husband continued to work in northern British Columbia. Upon graduation dutchie rejoined her husband in the north, where she was a teacher.