Watercolour and graphite portrait of beachgoers at English Bay in Vancounver, British Columbia
Archives Control Number
(Misc, 1940s), 1943-1
At the Archway
This landscape represents Filer's time spent at English Bay in Vancouver, British Columbia during the August summer heat. The bright and light colours are used to capture the perfect summer day. Filer depicts people enjoying the water and relaxing on the sand. This piece displays soft marks and simple strokes of the paint brush, showing the love and care she holds in her heart for English Bay.
Why This Piece Was Chosen
I chose English Bay because it has something everyone can relate to, whether you’re the woman with the book, or the children playing in the water. I felt a connection to this piece because it reminded me of my childhood summers spent at the beach. Today the beach is still a place I love to spend days. I can feel the warmth of the summer sun, and the laughing of children as waves roll in when I look at this piece. English Bay is a representation of a place that Filer loved to spend her time. The personal connection that many people find with this piece is remarkable.