Rice is regarded as the most prominent female Colourist. She was born in Philadelphia and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in her home city, but it was during her time in France in the early twentieth century that her distinctive style developed. She first visited France in 1906, travelling with the aim of making illustrations of fashionable society. A year later she met John Duncan Fergusson who was delighted by her beauty, intellect and talent. He encouraged her to paint and by 1911 she was a significant contributor to his journal Rhythm. Fergusson painted several striking portraits of Rice and for a time they were clearly extremely important to one another, both romantically and professionally. Although Rice and Fergusson's relationship did not last, the influence of Fergusson remained strong in her work and can be seen in the present picture. Rice painted the harbours and beaches of Brittany in the late 1920s and 1930s including Douarnenez, Concarneau and Tréboul, a small fishing village in the far west of Brittany frequented by many artists.