William E. deGarthe (1907-1983) was born in Finland but immigrated to Canada in 1926. He studied art in Europe, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, and under Stanley Royle at Mount Allison University, in Sackville, NB. He then taught at the former Nova Scotia College of Art and owned deGarthe Advertising Art in Halifax. For many years, deGarthe spent each spring and summer at Peggy's Cove, where he painted marine scenes that included residents of the village and other nearby coastal communities. Hundreds of his paintings hang in homes, offices and galleries around the world.