NAVIGATION TIP ~ RED BOLD TYPE links you to other pages, plus websites and pdfs with more info on each setting/subject featured in this AUTUMN 2018 edition.

AUTUMN in the Pacific Northwest is a vibrantly beautiful season. Our brick bungalow sits between two beloved neighborhood parks ~ Manito and Cannon Hill. I've done many paintings of both ~ in ALL seasons! This time of year finds their maples, oaks and chestnut trees bursting with gorgeous scarlet, green and gold leaves.

Both parks are filled with friends and neighbors walking pathways and enjoying Mother Nature's handiwork. The air is crisp, the sky usually blue ~ plus the homes that line the parks are decked out too with porches piled with pumpkins, gourds, chrysanthemums and more. Of course, Halloween inspires even more creativity!

Tradition has always touted New England's colorful countryside in Autumn, but we in the Pacific Northwest could give them a run for their money!


With Halloween on October 31st and Thanksgiving soon after, it's fun to celebrate spooky fun with friends and family ~ and to reflect on all the blessings we've received on that special November Turkey-with-all-the-trimmings day.

It's a heart-warming time of year ~ thus the name of my Autumn Collection.


This year, I am spending much more time creating than I normally do. I took a terrible spill at my niece's wedding, badly breaking several bones in my ankle in early September. It stopped me in my type "A" tracks, although my magic scooter (pictured here) IS my new best friend!

This accident was a hard lesson on being aware of my surroundings. I missed my 50th Class Reunion and "Art in Bloom" (more on that in "Giving Back to The Community" below). I spent months organizing and creating graphic materials for both of these. Plus, there was our much anticipated cancelled trip to Maui this October.

So, instead of these events and Indian Summer days golfing with Doug and tailgating at University of Washington games with our buddies, I'm at the kitchen table working on several commissions due by Christmas. Good thing I LOVE what I do. And, I'm indeed lucky as the view from our breakfast nook (best natural light in our house) is spectacular. I'm still able to enjoy the beauty of the season. Thank you, Mother Nature!


This year, I've painted several works in honor of Autumn. Inspired by the season, I debuted one of the most FUN paintings I've created in years, "Witches on Woodies at Corbin Park."

This piece celebrates HALLOWEEN ~ with pumpkins perched on fence posts, gravestones in the gardens, ghosts careening out of the upstairs windows, and three witches dancing merrily on the roofs of two "Woody" station wagons parked in front of the old Skinner House.

Learn more about Spokane's remarkable Corbin Park Historic District in the painting's story below. PLUS, find out more about the unique connection between Corbin Park and Halloween!

THANK YOU SO MUCH ~ I'm honored and grateful to the kind owners of the Skinner House for inviting me to exhibit my portrait of their stunning Victorian during the September 2018 SPA 19th Annual Tour of Historic Homes ( The painting was well received ~ and gave tour-goers a "heads up" that Halloween is just around the corner!


This collection on my What's New page features four AUTUMN themes highlighting 16 paintings. 4 are NEW!



PITTYPAT GALLERY (OPEN Late November ) ~ My gallery is closed for the next few months while I recover from my broken ankle. It will open again for the Holiday Season in late November by invitation and appointment. 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 or 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 artfests and private PittyPat Gallery events.

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! ~ SPA, Friends of the Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens and Friends of Coeur d'Alene Park!

ANNUAL PROCEEDS ~ I donate a generous portion of the money I make each each to the Holy Names Sisters' Retirement Fund, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, the Greater Gonzaga Guild, and many other worthy local non-profits.

ART DONATIONS ~ I also give fine art as auction items to the Sacred Heart Auction, the First Tee Benefit, the Spokane Symphony's Mozart on the Green at Manito Park, Christmas Tree Elegance at the historic Davenport Hotel ~ and several other benefit events. For a complete list of the causes I support, visit my Biography page. You'll find the list near the bottom of the page.




As mentioned above, I painted this portrait of the Skinner House on Waverly Place to celebrate Halloween.

CORBIN PARK ~ The two and one-half story Victorian faces Corbin Park from the southwest. The park once served as the Washington-Idaho Fairgrounds and Racetrack from 1886 to 1897.

When the racetrack closed and the property was developed by D.C. Corbin into the neighborhood bordering the large grassy oval, the Olmsted Bros. shared their ideas to further enhance the park. The Olmsted Bros. are well known throughout the United States and beyond for designing New York's Central Park and more.

DEVELOPER D.C. CORBIN ~ D.C. Corbin was a high profile "City Father" when he took on this community project, platting the neighborhood on the perimeter of the park in 1899. Most of the homes were built between 1905 and 1927, many by Skinner. This Victorian was the first home he created in the neighborhood. He built this for his family. and several others on Waverly Place.

Visitors to the neighborhood today will find 83 remarkable homes lining the Corbin Park. As mentioned above, no two residences are alike and the area became famous for representing most of the architectural styles of the early 20th Century.

HISTORIC REGISTERS ~ Deservedly, the Corbin Park Historic District is on the Local, State and National Registers of Historic Places.

THE HALLOWEEN CONNECTION ~ I learned from neighbors when I was photographing residences to add to my collection of North Side pieces (Entire North Side Collection pdf) that Halloween is a HUGE deal here. Most homes are decorated head to toe with ghosts, goblins, bats, black cats and more. Youngsters from all over the Inland NW descend on this neighborhood by the thousands to trick-or-treat!






"GO DAWG!" ~ For year's my husband's family were the proud owners of University of Washington Football Season Tickets. Even though neither of the Ward boys attended the U of W, going to the games with Russ and Kathleen was an annual tradition. Doug graduated from ASU, attending with a partial golf scholarship and Doug's brother Tom earned his diploma from Western Washington State University. The catalyst for this tradition was Russ' business, Husky Lumber. As a successful broker, Russ bought tickets each year for his his family and good clients.

For the first decade of our marriage, Doug and I shared these with his brother Tom and wife Holly. We tailgated like crazy! Holly and I organized the menus, the guys set up tents, tables and hung lanterns as the Huskies seemed to have a lot of night games. Doug fired up his portable BBQ ~ and we hosted as many as 60 pals on "the grassy knoll, beginning hours before the games. Afterwards, many tailgaters rejoined us, waiting for the traffic to thin for the drive across Lake Washington. THOSE were the days!

In late 2011, we moved from the Seattle area back to Spokane ~ deep in the heart of Cougar Country we were to learn as WSU was an hour's drive south. But we found a pocket of Husky fans here, so now we all gather for equally sumptuous meals, a fire in the fireplace, and hollering at the flat screen. Some traditions never die. GO DAWGS!

WE LOVE THANKSGIVING ~ Doug and I have a special spot in our hearts for this holiday. It's not commercial or self-serving in any way, but rather about blessings, gratitude, friends and family connections. It's the last autumn quiet smile of kindness before the holiday season starts rolls into its spectacular glory ~ a very special day.

Doug and I both love to entertain and our table is usually full on Thanksgiving. I'm a big decorator during Autumn, but this year was a huge challenge because of my broken ankle. My sweet friend Carol Mulholland spent the day with me shortly after my surgery so Doug could join his pals golfing. She worked MIRACLES!

Carol hauled boxes in from the garage and with a little direction for me, dressed the living room, dining room and kitchen with my vintage April Cornell ( "Rooster" linens. She tucked candles, pumpkins, gourds and Indian Corn everywhere for "atmosphere." She found the collection of roosters I began when Doug and I were first married and perched them merrily around the rooms. Our little bungalow looks FANTASTIC thanks to the efforts of my dear, generous-hearted friend.

Highlight ~ See the article celebrating the accomplished textile designer April Cornell in the March/April 2017 issue of Victoria magazine, "April Cornell ~ Conversing in Color." You can find a copy at most libraries in the periodicals.

To see more of Carol and my AUTUMN decor, click on this image or on At Home with Autumn's Vivid Colors.pdf.





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As shared above, this collection features four seasonal hemes highlighting 16 paintings. 4 are NEW!

2018 & 2017 ART OVERVIEW ~ You'll also find a pdf with ALL 25 NEW works completed this year and last ~ with more to come!



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 ~ In the two 4th editions for the first time, historical photos and background stories accompanied each journal image. This feature was so popular, it 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 features 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 venue 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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