NAVIGATION TIP ~ RED BOLD TYPE links you to other pages, plus web sites and pdfs with more info on each setting/subject featured in this WINTER 2019 edition.


WINTER in the Pacific Northwest is a crisp, sparkling time of year. Lucky us! We enjoy all four seasons here ~ which means more often than not, quite a bit of snow falls in our neck of the woods.

PARKS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD ~ Our brick bungalow is a block or two from both Manito and Cannon Hill Parks in Spokane, Washington's South Hill neighborhood. This chilly time of year finds them either dusted or laden with fresh snow and their ponds frozen for neighborhood ice skaters to enjoy.

When I was a youngster, the local fire department a block away handled the grooming of the ice, but now this seasonal task is handled by groups of neighbors. I've painted several scenes of both these parks in all four seasons. Several of these are featured on the What's New and Spokane pages of this Winter web site.

NEARBY SKI RESORTS ~ We are also blessed with several ski resorts just a short drive to the north and east of Eastern Washington. This area is actually the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Mount Spokane, Schweitzer, Silver Mountain, Lookout Pass, Mission Ridge and Chewelah are filled with folks on snowboards and skis November through March.

For years, my niece Isabell (shown right in her peach parka) and nephew Scot were part of the Spokane Ski Racing Association ( See my painting below, "Vista House View" picturing them as youngster with their pals and family by the historic cottage near the top of Mount Spokane ( Built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.), this unique stone structure still offers folks a place to relax between runs on the mountain.

Now in their late teens and retired from competition, the walls in the family room of my brother Bob's home are filled with photos of past years picturing Scot and Izzy screaming down the slopes in enviable racing form ~ GREAT memories for the family to share!


The Winter Collection on my What's New page features a dozen paintings completed over the past decades. Two groups are Winter-themed images and the third celebrates Valentine's Day. Each group features four paintings with details about each setting shared below.



PITTYPAT GALLERY (CLOSED Until Late Spring) ~ My gallery is closed during the next few months. This is is my creative time when I'm working on the bulk of my NEW fine art for the year.

When PittyPat Gallery re-opens later in the season, guests and patrons will find a generous selection of:

Please phone me at 206.406.1409 for more information about available items and to learn about commissioning original paintings and sketches.

V.I.P. MAILING LIST ~ To be on my V.I.P. list (Very Important Patron), please contact me at 206.406.1409 (talk/text).

Twice a year, I send postcards in digital email format or hard copy via the U.S. Mail. These feature NEW art images and share my schedule of Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter /Holiday events. Frequently, the postcards offer special savings at upcoming art fests and private PittyPat Gallery events.

You can also find me on Facebook under "PattiSimpsonWardArt."

NOTE ~ Your privacy is very important to me. I absolutely NEVER share your personal information.


COMPLETE LIST OF WHERE TO FIND MY WORK ~ My Art Venues page shares details about future events plus a complete list of shops and galleries that carry my work in the Inland Northwest. Here's a few:


HELPING OUT AND MORE ~ Spokane Preservation Advocates and More!!

FINANCIAL DONATIONS ~ I donate a substantial portion of the money I make annually to the Holy Names Sisters and Franciscan Sisters (Perpetual Adoration) Retirement Funds, to the Greater Gonzaga Guild ~ and other causes.

ART DONATIONS ~ I also give framed fine art as auction items to Sacred Heart Providence Medical Center, First Tee, Spokane Symphony Mozart on the Green at Manito Park, Christmas Tree Elegance at the Davenport Hotel ~ and other benefits. For a complete list of the causes I support, see the list near the bottom of my Biography page.




As I mentioned above, my nephew Scot (also my Godson) and niece Isabell skied on several teams for the Spokane Ski Racing Association ~ otherwise known as S.S.R.A. ( They spent winter months during the better part of their grade school and high school years skiing competitively with other kids from the Inland Northwest.

In 2010 at my brother Bob's request, I painted this portrait of Mount Spokane's historic Vista House for the S.S.R.A. Annual Auction. The event raised funds to help pay for the kids' ski trips around the Pacific Northwest. It also helped fill in the gap for talented racers whose families couldn't afford the necessary equipment required for every new racing season.

Framed reproductions of this beloved structure are a favorite with folks year after year. The iconic cottage is still a huge part of the Mount Spokane culture.

This scene pictured the granite stone cottage on a gorgeous sunny day with friends, family and a group of eager young S.S.R.A. racers ~ including Scot and Iz nearly 10 ten years ago.

Located at the summit of Mount Spokane near the top of the #1 chairlift, it was the design of Spokane architect Henry C. Bertelsen. The unique structure was built during the Great Depression in 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.) who was headquartered at Riverside State Park on Spokane’s North Side.

It was constructed to blend with the mountain's stunning, natural setting. Renovated in 2002 by Mount Spokane State Park, once again it opened its doors to the public on Sundays and holidays, offering light fare and a huge, blazing fireplace.

Decades later, folks can still find hot chocolate when they hike up to the Vista House during ski season.






Late Winter is an easy season to decorate our little bungalow, as the first holiday after New Year's is Valentine's Day. Ah ROMANCE! This holiday is a heart-warming break in this grey, chilly time after Christmas with many of us already yearning for Spring.

OUR DINING ROOM ~ Doug and I love to have friends over for dinner. As Valentine's Day's signature color is RED, many of the Christmas decor items do double duty ~ like the shiny red artificial cherries in centerpieces and front door wreath, pine cones and boughs, crimson tapers and linens on the dining room table.

Thesein the photo are from my vintage April Cornell ( collection amassed from evenings working part time in the 1990s at her shop near Seattle. As pretty as the day I bought each piece, my linen closet has at least one "April" pattern for every season. Thanks to these, our dining room is always welcoming.

Highlight ~ See the article celebrating this accomplished textile designer in the March/April 2017 issue of Victoria magazine, "April Cornell ~ Conversing in Color." Copies are available at most libraries in the periodical stacks.

CELEBRATING VALENTINE'S DAY ~ At this time of year as I mentioned above, it's a heartwaming break to have Valentine's Day on the calendar. Rather than braving bad weather and fighting traffic heading to a restaurant, we prepare a special meal and fill our dining room with friends we love, delectable fare and fine wine.

Highlight ~ Having friends share this holiday has always been a special tradition with us, especially as Valentine's Day marks the evening in 2000 that Doug presented me with my engagement ring.

SALLY MOM & HER HOLIDAYS ~ I really enjoy dressing our home for the seasons and holidays ~ no secret to anyone who knows me. But I cannot take credit for this tradition ~ it's courtesy of my mother Sally. For as many of her 91 years as my sisters and I can recall, she has decorated in honor of seasonal holidays and changing seasons. A whiz with her sewing machine, she could transfer the atmosphere of a room for pennies on the dollar. We Simpson girls are carrying on her fine tradition.

To see more of our decor, click on the image or on Cozy at Home in a Winter Wonderland.pdf.





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As shared above, this collection features three seasonal themes highlighting 12 paintings completed over the last decades.

THE 2019 & 2018 ART OVERVIEW ~ This highlights NEW paintings in-the-works this year and all the works completed in 2018.



VERY LIMITED QUANITITIES! Three NEW 25TH ANNIVERSARY 2019 Calendars and a NEW 5th Edition of Perpetual-Life Journals to be Released Soon!


CALENDAR PREVIEWS ~ Here (and on my Calendar page in greater detail) you'll find previews of NEW calendars celebrating 25 years of creating these friendly, colorful "homages" to the Pacific Northwest. Click on the red bold titles here to see all the images featured in each calendar.


4th Edition Perpetual Life Fine Art Journals are completely SOLD OUT in both the Spokane and Washington State editions, but NEW 5th editions are currently being created.

NEW FEATURE ~ For the first time, introduced in the two 4th editions, the journals included historical photos and background stories with each painting image. These features were so popular, they will continue with the NEW 5th editions. With a perpetual shelf life as they are not year-specific, these are perfect for folks who want more than just 12 calendar images. Each has 44 paintings on pages peppered with positive thoughts to inspire. For more information, please visit my Calendar page.


ARTWORK COLLECTIONS ~ During my many years as a fine artist, I've created hundreds of paintings and drawings that are divided into three collections. These three pages feature images that revolve and complement the seasons and holidays.

ENTIRE COLLECTION PDFS ~ At the end of each group of artwork on the collection pages, you'll find pdfs with images and accompanying stories for ALL the pieces that were created for that group.

THE BIG LIST ~ Click on "The BIG List" graphic footer at the bottom of each Puget Sound, Spokane or More Paintings page to link to an alphabetical list of titles and descriptions of all the art created for each of the three collections. In some cases, you'll find a few sketches as well. These three lists link you via Red bold type to artwork featured throughout my web site.


COMMISSION ~ My favorite genre, I’ve recreated private residences and other architectural settings for clients from all over the United States and beyond ~ making life-long friends in the process. In recent years I’ve also offered portraits of children and pets. Filled with personal detail, commissioned pieces are cherished mementos.

DOZENS OF SAMPLE IMAGES ~ This page shares over two dozen works completed for clients as well as a step-by-step guide for commissioning artwork. Frequently, I include commissioned paintings in my art calendars.


ART VENUES ~ This page lists upcoming art fairs, festivals, First Friday exhibits and more as they unfold throughout the year. Changes and/or updates in venues are also noted on this page. It includes dates, times, addresses, phone numbers, web sites (where available) and more. You'll also find a complete list of retail gift shops, galleries and museums with addresses, phone numbers, web sites and descriptions of what is available for purchase at each setting.


ORDERING ~ If you want to order from me directly, visit this page for details on buying originals, framed canvas and fine paper reproductions, print/card gift packs, art journals, calendars, cards and magnets. If you would like an order form, please contact me and I'll send you the pdf. I accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Questions? Please phone me at 206.406.1409.


BIOGRAPHY ~ This is my “life story” page. It shares my background and highlights events that helped me grow as an award-winning "Americana" artist. Pivotal events range from my first grade report card (I’m still in touch with my inspiring teacher Sr. Rita Mae Fischer) to the present. You will also find several pdfs of press clippings and magazine articles. I've also included a frequently updated list of charitable causes I've supported in 2017 and 2018 with donations of artwork and more.


BRIDAL ~ Visit this page if you are interested in having a custom wedding portrait created as a memento of your special day. Much of the artwork featured here was commissioned by clients as fine art wedding mementos and/or for images on the covers of their invitations. However, I’m a also professional digital design art director with decades of experience, so I’ve shared some creative text-only samples as well. I also offer collateral items like R.S.V.Ps, shower invites, ceremony programs and more. If you are interested in this special personal service, phone me at 206.406.1409 for details.





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