Shoreline epitomizes Carr's triumph over both personal and artistic obstacles - a triumph achieved especially late in life, during the late 1920s and 1930s. As in many works from her mature period, she has positioned herself alone on a narrow beach. Water, air, and land sweep around her in broad rhythms while an unearthly light pulsates overhead. The artist's presence is felt intensely throughout, yet her energy appears indistinguishable from the energy of nature itself. Every brush stroke expresses a joy in the harmony of all living things.1

1 David Wistow, "Emily Carr," The McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinburg: The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1989) 133.

David Wistow
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