SO MUCH INSPIRATION ...
This page features a collection of subjects and settings from all over the U.S.A. and beyond that have touched my heart and inspired me over my many decades as an "AMERICANA" fine artist.
THE IDYLLIC COAST OF CORNWALL, ENGLAND
This image pictures the harborside village of St. Ives, Cornwall, England, glowing at dawn. Inspired by British storyteller Rosamunde Picher's books, "The Shell Seekers," "Day of the Storm," and "Coming Home," I made a side trip to visit this artists' colony in 2002 while on vacation in the U.K. with two of Doug's best childhood chums to celebrate a milestone birthday.
While Doug was golfing with Ric Metzger and Brent Orrico at Turnberry in Scotland, I headed south on the train and spent four days touring Saint Ives' art galleries, relaxing on the beaches, picnicking by the shoreline ~ and exploring the village Pilcher called "Porthkerris" in her novels and short stories. It was late Spring, the sun was warm, and the kiddos in the area were still in school, so I was able to do all the exploring all I wanted without waiting in line.
I painted a portrait of Belyar's Croft Inn where I stayed in a charming attic suite with this harbor view. Picturesque as could be, the inn was once home to a sea captain. I finisheded a portrait for the proprietors a couple years later as the memories of staying there were so sweet.upon my return. See it futher down on this page in the "Other Settings (United Kingdom)" section.
ENJOY THIS SUNNY, HAPPY SEASON!
FIVE REGIONAL GROUPS
I've divided this collection into five groups, some with sub-categories ~ each with two paintings. These highlight the settings and subjects below. I have created 80+ works in this More Paintings group, enought so that the artwork shared on my website revolves with the seasons and their holidays.
The groups include ~
NEW ARTWORK, MY CREATIVE PROCESS, ENTIRE COLLECTIONS PDFS, AND "THE BIG LIST"
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GOLF COURSES, CLUBHOUSES AND HOLIDAY GOLF SETTINGS ~ PACIFIC NORTHWEST AND BEYOND, INCLUDING SCOTLAND DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
Entire Golf Collection (Some Holiday) pdf ~ Click on this four-page pdf to see and learn about all 18 paintings in the "Golf" collection.
GOLF COURSES AND CLUBHOUSES ~ GOLF DESTINATIONS WE LOVE
"HISTORIC HAYDEN LAKE C.C. CLUBHOUSE (BOZANTA TAVERN)" (HAYDEN LAKE, ID • PAINTED AUGUST 2019 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH
Spokane businessmen J.P. Graves, F. Lewis Clark, architect Kirtland Kelsey Cutter, landscape architects the Olmsted Bros. of Brookline, MA and others began developing the western shore of Hayden Lake into “Little Switzerland” at the turn of the last century.
A branch line train connected the Idaho vacation area to Spokane, Washington. The resort included rustic cottages, an 18-hole golf course (the oldest in Idaho) and K.K. Cutter’s large Bozanta Tavern chalet-style inn.
Constructed in 1907, it became the country club's clubhouse in 1927. When I painted the historic structure, it was still serving as the clubhouse for beautiful Hayden Lake Country Club (HaydenLakeCC.com) ~ and had just received a polishing.
Highlight ~ Legendary actor and crooner Bing Crosby (Paramount Pictures' ”White Christmas”), who over the years owned a number of vacation homes on the lake, invited many of his Hollywood cronies like Bob Hope to play in his golf tournaments held here in Summer.
"COTTAGE CLUBHOUSE AT JEFFERSON PARK" (BEACON HILL, SEATTLE, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2010 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This artwork pictured the vintage cottage-style clubhouse that once served one of Seattle’s three municipal golf courses ~ this one located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood just south of the downtown corridor.
Two things made the setting special. The first: Jefferson Park (PremierGC.com) was “home course” to renowned Masters’ winner golfing legend Fred Couples (pictured in the artwork on the putting green) when he was learning the game as a youngster.
The second: the course enjoyed colorful gardens and blossom-filled urns leading up to the cottage clubhouse ~ and on the tees and fairways. Spring was particularly lovely at Jefferson Park.
Highlight ~ I was introduced to Fred Couples and gave him a print of this artwork at the 2010 Senior PGA event at Sahalee Country Club near Redmond, Washington. He signed the back of the original artwork.
GOLFING SANTAS AND SNOWMEN (IMAGINARY) COLLECTION ~ GOLFING SANTAS, SNOWMEN, ELVES AND MORE ~ INCLUDING PAINTINGS FROM THE "CANDY CANE LINKS" COLLECTION
Entire Golfing Santas and Snowmen pdf ~ Click on this 4-page pdf to see and learn about all 20 paintings in the "Golfing Santas and Snowmen" collection. NOTE ~ Actual settings like Saint Andrews, Carnoustie and several courses in the United States are part of the "Golf Courses & Clubhouses" collection above.
IMAGINARY GOLF COURSES AND CLUBHOUSES
NEW! "CHRISTMAS TREE ON THE CANDY CANE LINKS CART" (IMAGINARY HOLIDAY GOLF SETTING) • PAINTED DECEMBER 2021 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 5X7-INCH)
This is another piece of Holiday painting celebrating the imaginary setting “Candy Cane Links Golf Course." I've been adding to this fun grouping for decades.
I pictured Doug and me bundled up against the elements in our fantasy golf cart ~ heading across the 18th fairway with a Christmas tree strapped to the top.
Of course it’s a white Christmas with fresh snow falling and blanketing this festive Holiday scene.
I started designing these golf-themed Christmas cards a couple of years before my sweetheart Doug and I were married in 2000. Amazingly, one of our pals has have collected these since we sent the first one. This is the 24th design and the eighth "Candy Cane Links" creation.
Highlight ~ My husband's buddies affectionately call him "Doug Award" referring to all the trophies and awards he's won over the decades with his natural talent and love for the game.
"CANDY CANE LINKS CLUBHOUSE" (IMAGINARY GOLF SCENE • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2013 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 5X7-INCH)
These Candy Cane Links paintings are a grouping within the collection that I add a new piece of art to every now and again. I began creating these golf-themed paintings for card art cards for my passionate golfer husband when we first met in 1997 at Christmastime. They are a well-deserved nod to the sport that he loves so much ~ and happens to have a God-given flair for.
This collection of works featured Santa Claus in knickers (sometimes with Mrs. Claus), elves, snowmen, trains, golf carts and more. They also portrayed a number of actual settings like Saint Andrew's 18th fairway and the Simpson Golf Shop at Carnoustie which was a "must paint" setting for me with my last name.
This painting portrayed a gingerbread candy-trimmed clubhouse with Santa Claus lining up his putt on the 18th hole in the background. A friendly snowman was nearby to point golfers in the right direction to the first tee.
I pictured Doug and me in the clubhouse enjoy hot buttered rums ~ the perfect after-golf festive beverage.
Highlight ~ This artwork is the third painting created for my "Candy Cane Links" collection.
FIRE DEPARTMENTS ~ EVERETT, ARLINGTON AND OTHER FIRE DEPARTMENTS, INCLUDING AN IMAGINARY CHRISTMAS SCENE AT A WHIMSICAL BRICK FIREHOUSE
Entire Fire Departments Collection pdf ~ Click on this 2-page pdf to see and learn about all 8 paintings, most from Everett, WA, in the "Fire Departments" collection.
"OLD STATION #4 (E.F.D.)" (EVERETT, WA • PAINTED MARCH 1992• 8X10-INCH)
Station #4, Everett Fire Department (EverettFirefighters.org) was constructed of stucco and blond multi-colored brick masonry on 701 Mukilteo Boulevard, Everett, Washington. Opening mid-century in 1948. Arvid Johnson, a retired firefighter who went into political life in his community, was responsible for the construction of the modest little fire station.
The first fire engine to be housed there was a late 1940s Kenworth. The structure to the left of the station was built by Firefighter's Local 46 to house on display the vintage Ahren's Fox 1906 pumper, known affectionately among the guys as “The Steamer.” Over the years, the gardens the firefighters planted at Station #4 were known for their lush color around the community as evidenced by this portrait.
Because the structures were built on a landfill, over the years the floor gradually sank to a total of eight inches by the time that it was retired and closed in 1991. One story has it that originally the tower was constructed to the height of the window, but was found to be too short to accommodate the fire hose, so it was extended further up.
Highlight ~ The original painting was completed for retired EMS Chief Michael Lambert who commissioned this piece in 1992 so it could be hung on the wall of a fellow firefighter’s hospital room who was losing his battle with life after a long career.
"RIDING IN THE SALTY SEAS DAYS PARADE (E.F.D.)" (EVERETT, WA, • PAINTED NOVEMBER 1994 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
In November 1994, I painted a portrait of the restored vintage Everett Fire Department (EverettFirefighters.org) fire truck Engine #2 ~ one of several that made their way through the parade route crowd along the sidewalks of downtown Everett.
Retired firefighter Darrell Jensen drove the fire truck while EMS Chief Jack Robinson stood at the rear. Jack's son and his pal shared the seats with Jack’s wife at the time, Bonnie Richter and me. Another firefighter’s two youngsters were outfitted “for action” ~ dressed head-to-toe in bunker gear.
Pictured in the background of this piece was handsome old Station #2 which had functioned for decades as the headquarters for the Everett Fire Department.
Highlight ~ In 2010, I donated this original painting to my longtime friend Fire Chief Murray Gordon for display at the E.F.D. vintage Headquarters building.
OTHER SETTINGS IN THE U.S.A. AND BEYOND~ THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, ALASKA, HAWAII, THE DEEP SOUTH, SOUTHWEST, MIDWEST, NEW ENGLAND, AND ASSORTED OTHER REGIONS IN THE U.S.A. PLUS SETTINGS IN GREAT BRITAIN AND UZBEKISTAN OF THE FORMER SOVIET UNION
Entire Other Settings Collection pdf ~ Click on this 6-page pdf to see and learn about all 21 paintings in the "Other Settings" collection.
NEW ENGLAND AND THE MIDWEST ~ CHARMING "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN THESE TWO REGIONS
"SCOTT'S PENNSLVANIA PALACE" (DOWNINGTON , PA. • PAINTED DECEMBER 2008 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
This traditional brick two-story colonial house was the home of the Scott family in Downington, PA. Handsomely detailed, the family just loved this handsome two-story brick beauty ~ and thus it became the scene of lots of friendly get-togethers.
The four Scotts are pictured on their front lawn enjoying a picnic with all the usual trimmings ~ sandwiches, potato chips, fresh veggies, lemonade ~ and of course, huge slices of watermelon.
Highlight ~ I painted this artwork for Christine Scott, an executive with Microsoft who had been transferred to the East Coast. It was the third in a series of three pieces she commissioned as Holiday gifts for her husband to remind them of the wonderful times they shared in the Pacific Northwest. NOTE ~ The Scott's Orcas Island wedding portrait is also featured on my Calendrs+ page in the NEW 2023 "Washington Whimsies ~ Gazebos, Pergolas, Windmills, and More,"
This vintage farmhouse located in Choko, Minnesota, looks much the same as it did when it was built in 1899 by Ole Ulvestad. Notice the black buckboard buggy behind the house in the painting ~ a common mode of transportation at the time, especially in this rural area. Although a bit weather-beaten, the construction of the house must have been very sturdy for it to be standing well over 100 years. Only the windows and perhaps the roof of the structure appear to have been replaced.
This piece was commissioned by Patricia Hampton and featured her father’s entire family. Most of his eight sisters wore their “Sunday best” frocks sewn from the same red plaid bolt of fabric by their mother (back upper right) which was I am told was a very common practice in those days. Her dad was the little guy in the front row.
An avid genealogist, this painting was inspired by Pat’s journey to the Midwest in Summer 2009 to see the family’s Minnesota farm. She commissioned this work as a memento and gave framed prints to her brothers and sisters as gifts at Christmas that year.
Highlight ~ I was happy to allow her use the art for the memory book she compiled on her family’s history. (Photo of the Ulvestad farmhouse courtesy of Patricia Hampton.)
THE SOUTHWEST ~ KANAB, UTAH AND CAREFREE, MESA, AND SCOTTSDALE, AZ
"HISTORIC LITTLE HOLLYWOOD (PARRY LODGE)" (KANAB, UT • PAINTED APRIL 2019 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 9X12-INCH)From the 1930s to the 1970s, the Parry Lodge (ParryLodge.com) in Kanab, Utah near the Arizona border was known as the “Heart of Little Hollywood.” The Parry brothers (Chauncey, Gronway and Whit) photographed Utah’s majestic countryside and then traveled to California to entice the movie industry into making Westerns (and other films) on-location in Utah.
For decades, major stars like Tom Mix, John Wayne, Clark Gable, Henry Fonda, Joel McCrea, Frank Sinatra, Robert Redford, Paul Newman, and leading ladies like Dolores del Rio, Veronica Lake, Ava Gardner, Anne Bancroft, Maureen O’Hara and many others were involved with film projects. Most stayed at Parry Lodge.
In 1928, the brothers purchased a New England-style farmhouse. By 1931, they had converted it into a hospitable lodge with cottages north and west of it to house the folks from California when it was time to make another movie. The entire town got into the act (some literally as extras, wranglers and stand-ins) and did everything they could to make projects run smoothly for their important guests. Westerns were “bread and butter” to Kanab ~ both as movies and as TV series.
When Westerns were gradually replaced by more sophisticated fare, the Parry Lodge went on to serve the public as a well-preserved nostalgic reminder of earlier days ~ each cottage named for a film star and the lodge’s dining room walls lined with autographed photos of actors who had been guests there. When I painted this portrait of Parry Lodge, it was open to the public during warmer months (folks pictured in this artwork actually stayed there) ~ with a free nightly movie in its theater that once housed horses.
Highlight ~ John Wayne installed a beautiful swimming pool just because he thought the place needed one!
NEW! "BUDDY'S HAPPY HAVEN" (ALTA MESA, MESA, AZ • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2021 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 5X7-INCH)
In January 2021 just after arriving at our little desert getaway, both my husband Doug and I got really sick ~ me much worse than Doug. My hectic year-long schedule of selling our vintage cottage, moving into a new home, a full plate of home improvement, and my very busy Holiday art season finally caught up with me.
Our next door neighbor Cathy Cheatham assisted by her husband Bob were nothing short of "Angels of Mercy" during January. She helped Doug look after me, leaving hearty homemade soups, fresh fruit, healthy beverages and more at our doorway ~ not to mention offering to run to the store as needed and generally encouraging and caring for me in the kindest way. Within a few weeks, I was back to my best self, thanks to Kathy, her husband and Dougie.
These fellow “Snowbirds” who lived on a lake in South Dakota in Summer, had an energetic little black terrier-mix dog. Beloved “Buddy” has always been a constant companion and the recipient of much shameless spoiling.
Highlight ~ I completed this as a special thank-you gift for the couple ~ pictured Buddy among plants, flowers, and yard art in Kathy's courtyard gardens.
OREGON AND THE OREGON COAST ~ CANNON BEACH, ASHLAND AND MEDFORD, OR
"DOUG DREAM'S HOUSE" (CANNON BEACH, OR • PAINTED MARCH 1998 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
I completed this portrait of Cannon Beach's historic “Needles” log cabin lodge for my husband Doug a couple of years before we were married.
The painting commemorated a wonderful Valentine’s Day weekend getaway spent at this beloved seaside community on the Oregon Coast ~ our first vacation together.
On a morning beach walk that Sunday, he shared with me that this unique rustic log beauty was his “dream house,” his favorite in Cannon Beach. He even scrambled up the steep bank between the beach and the house to snap some photographs for me ~ which resulted in the surprise birthday artwork gift at the end of March.
Highlight ~ We spent several Thanksgivings at this seaside destination after we were married ~ one with his parents and two more with my mother Sally.
"FUN & SUN AT HAYSTACK ROCK" (CANNON BEACH, OR • PAINTED MARCH 1999 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 11x14-INCH)
This seaside portrait of Cannon Beach was a special birthday gift I painted for my sweetheart Doug Ward in 1999 when we were dating our way to becoming a serious couple. A few months before in November 1998, we had vacationed with his family over the long Thanksgiving weekend at Cannon Beach, Oregon.
The incredibly picturesque artists’ colony and beloved getaway was a favorite of many ~ and Doug’s family had enjoyed the autumn tradition of spending the holiday at this breathtaking destination for several years.
Among the vacationers pictured in this ocean-side scene on the shore were his son Kevin and girlfriend Heather seated on the log to the right. Doug’s older brother Tom and their parents Kay and Russ stood behind them. I painted Doug and me into the lower left foreground gathering driftwood for a beach fire.
It was the sunny Friday after Thanksgiving and revelers were enjoying the pleasant day while a breeze tossed kites in the sky.
Highlight ~ The artwork would not have been complete without the area's signature Haystack Rock in the background.
THE UNITED KINGDOM ~ CORNWALL, ENGLAND AND WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
"BEAUTIFUL BELYAR'S CROFT" (ST. IVES, CORNWALL, ENGLAND, THE UNITED KINGDOM • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2004 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
When I journeyed to England in 2002 with my husband Doug and two of his buddies, Brent Orrico and Ric Metzger, we were there to celebrate my husband’s milestone 50th birthday ~ and his passion for golf. We wanted to experience the excitement of playing many of the British Open courses.
When the boys headed to the west side of Scotland, which included Turnberry and other revered courses, I boarded a train south for England’s Coast of Cornwall, otherwise known as the “Cornish Riviera.” My destination was St. Ives, a beloved artists’ colony where during my three-day visit, I stayed at the handsome structure pictured here. The friendly innkeepers shared that Belyar's Croft had once been the home of a successful local sea captain. Built in the late 1800s on a hillside overlooking the harbor, it was a five-minute walk from to the heart of St. Ives and boasted a magnificent view of the Atlantic from nearly every room in the place.
The stucco-and-stone three-story was surrounded by lush, colorful gardens lovingly tended by the charming husband and wife proprietors who did a fine job of making their guests feel like ”family.”
Highlight ~ This trip was more than a special birthday gift to my husband Doug. it was the last time he was able to spend quality time with his close friend Ric who passed away a short time after we returned home.
"WINTER WEDDING AT WHISTLER" (WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, U.K. • PAINTED SEPTEMBER MARCH 2017 ACRYLIC 5X7-INCH)
This portrait of beautiful Whistler Village in British Columbia was completed to honor the marriage of some very dear friends of ours, Michele Rostron and Brent Orrico.
Brent's extended family owned a vacation home in Whistler, British Columbia for many years. Thus, this iconic setting was prettiest place that Doug’s ski-loving pal could have chosen for his small winter wedding ceremony.
As pictured here in this painting, the ceremony was held outdoors near the skating rink, and yes, Brent asked that I paint Doug and me into the scene among the ice skaters as unfortunately, it was impossible for us to join the couple. The crisp evening was lovely with light snow dusting Whistler Village. I pictured Brent and his fiancé Michele sharing their vows as his brother Dean officiated in Winter 2017.
Highlight ~ Brent Orrico has been one of my husband’s best and closest buddies since childhood years growing up in the Clyde Hill neighborhood of Bellevue, Washington
TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN ~ ONCE PART OF THE FORMER SOVIET UNION
"THE OCTOBER REVOLUTION CELEBRATION PARADE" (UZBEKISTAN, FORMER SOVIET UNION • PAINTED FEBRUARY 1988 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
During my two-week journey to three destinations in what was once the former U.S.S.R. in October and November 1988, our group of assorted travelers was incredibly lucky that our trip coincide with the annual celebration of the 1917 October Revolution (the overthrow of the Tsarist royal form of government in Russia).
This painting pictured the parade marchers, a handsome float and some of the visiting Americans in our group. The color that day everywhere was "red," the hue most associated with "power." This was certainly not an accident, although "Peristroika" and the open-minded notion of "coming together" was at its height as Gorbechov was in office. I’m pictured in a red sweater standing next to trip organizer (in sunglasses), Ron King.
Highlight ~This original artwork was hung in a gallery in Tashkent, Uzbekistan at the invitation of a museum curator who had befriended us all during our visit to the city.
"THE CHILDREN OF TASHKENT" (UZBEKISTAN, FORMER SOVIET UNION • PAINTED FEBRUARY 1988 ACRYLIC ON 8X10-INCH)
As I mentioned above in 1988, I journeyed to the former U.S.S.R. with a group of about 25 Americans from Seattle on a good will trip. Tashkent had been chosen as a Seattle "Sister City" a number of years before ~ and Mayor Charles Royer's wife had grown up in this part of the Soviet Union. This community was one of three destinations we visited ~ the others being Moscow and Leningrad (now St. Petersberg).
In Tashkent, my friends and I made friends with a group of local folks who welcomed us with open arms. We were lucky enough to spend an entire day at one of Tashkent’s day schools for children where we were entertained with dancing, singing and poetry readings in surprisingly fluent English by the youngsters. This amazed us all as our visit had been completely impromptu.
I painted the Russian-style classroom where each prominently displayed a portrait of Lenin ~ reminding me of the United States in the 1950s with George Washington's portrait on the wall as well. Unique too was nap-time during the school day there. Taking a nap actually meant sleeping in a bed where pillows were decoratively shaped into pyramids.
Highlight ~ This painting of the school children was also hung in a gallery in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Click on my Biography page for more information on this fascinating unique trip.
OTHER SUBJECTS ~ PORTRAITS OF KITTIES, DOGS, KIDDOS, ADULTS ~ INCLUDING DOUG AND MY WEDDING PARTY, THE VIRGIN MARY AND MORE
Entire Other Subjects Collection pdf ~ Click on the 4-page pdf to see and learn about all 20 paintings in the "Other Subjects" collection.
SWEET CRITTERS WE LOVE ~ PET PORTRAITS ~ SOME DONE AS MEMORIALS TO HONOR THEM WHEN THEY LEFT OUR LIVES
NEW! "CUTE CACTUS KITTY" (RED MOUNTAIN, MESA, ARIZONA • APRIL 2022 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 5X7-INCH)
Each year for decades when snow started piling up in the Pacific Northwest, our dear friend Linda Ebner and husband Joe spent several months at a Southwest destination we love.
Recently, the couple packed up and moved from their large patio home ~ downsizing a few blocks away to take advantage of the many activities that “Regal” had to offer (thus the sign).
They also expanded their household, adding a cat to their family. This sweet smoky gray rescue kitty quickly took over as the “ruler of the roost.” Yes, this friendly feline won her way into their hearts, so as a surprise birthday gift for Linda, I created this portrait of her housemate.
Highlight ~ I also included the stunning Red Mountain landmark in this desert scene dotted with Spring wild flowers.
"KINDRED SPIRIT KITTIES" (CAT WHISKER LANE, KENMORE, WA • APRIL 2017 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 5X7-INCH)
My sister and her sweetheart Ronnie purchased a small cottage on Cat Whisper Lane on a double lot in a cozy community north of Seattle in the mid-2000s.
The two had been apartment and condominium dwellers for decades, so moving into a house with a big yard was an adventure for both of them.
It was a dream come true for my sister whose green thumb and creativity in the garden has been legendary. She worked wonders with the property ~ which also included a tulip shuttered garden house in the back yard.
Ron’s dream had been to add a little dog to the household, so in autumn of 2017, Miko Amici joined the couple ~ bringing joy, companionship and his delightful energy into their world.
Highlight ~ I painted this portrait of their pooch enjoying the light snowfall on a chair in their backyard as a surprise Christmas gift for Marilee and Ron.
PERSONAL PORTRAITS OF PEOPLE ~ FRIENDS AND FAMILY IMMORTALIZED ON CANVAS
"THE WARD WEDDING PARTY" (ECHO FALLS COUNTRY CLUB, MONROE, WA • FEBRUARY 2004 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
To surprise and to honor my husband Doug four years into our marriage on our anniversary, I painted this portrait of our wedding party as a special gift. Here are the folks in the painting (L to R).
OUR WEDDING PARTY MEN ~ Attendant Doug’s oldest son Matt, Doug's closes best buddy and lifelong golf partner Attendant Ric Metzger (who blessedly recovered from heart surgery in time to be in our wedding party), my sweetheart Doug, his older brother Best Man Tom and Atttendant son Kevin.
OUR WEDDING PARTY WOMEN ~ Bridesmaid youngest sister Peggy Barton in the emerald blue/green blouse, Matron of Honor Robin Westbrook in the red blouse, Beautiful Bride me, Maid of Honor sister Marilee Simpson in the deep blue blouse, and my sister-in-law Jan Harkins Simpson.
Highlight ~ I bordered this portrait with the same Spring blossoms that filled our bouquets and were used to decorate the setting at Echo Falls Country Club in Monroe, WA on our special day, April 15, 2000.
"BACON, LETTUCE & TOMATO" (SEATTLE, WA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 1977 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This early artwork celebrated "Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato," a jazz trio made up of Paul West, Gail Clements and Rolf Johnson. The trio delighted dozens of music lovers during the 1970s and 1980s in venues all over King County. Specializing in clever lyrics and harmony similar to the then extremely popular Manhattan Transfer ensemble, this popular trio filled a special niche in the local music scene.
When my sister and I first discovered them, they were performing at the Terry Avenue Freight House nightclub in a vintage railroad car. Their stage was the platform at the south end of the bar. Every set of eyes in the packed place was glued to these three talented musicians ~ all of whom could carry a tune very nicely! Remarkable was their age span ~ Rolf was in his early twenties, Gail in her thirties and Paul, his mid-forties.
Over the years, we all became close, socializing together during their off hours. I dated Paul West for several years and Gail became a lifelong friend to my sister Marilee and me. Sadly, both Paul West and Gail "Roxie" Clements have passed away in the early 2000a.
Highlight ~ I completed this work for Gail as a special birthday gift when the trio was at the height of its popularity in 1977.
THE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION ~ MORE ARTWORK HONORING THE FESTIVE HOLIDAY SEASON
Entire Christmas Collection Subjects pdf ~ Click on this 2-page pdf to see and learn and all 6 paintings in the "Christmas" collection. NOTE ~ This collection is in addition to the Golfing Santa / Snowmen images featured near the top of this page and other seasonal works on the Spokane and Puget Sound pages in November and December.
"LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW!" (IMAGINARY HOLIDAY SETTING • PAINTED DECEMBER 2019 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 5X7-INCH)
This snowy setting was an imaginary one as our three kids, Matt, Kevin and Leah all grew up in Western Washington. Now in their thirties and forties, they have made their home in Sammamish, Bothell and Snohomish and have children of their own. Unless they were visiting Mount Baker, Crystal Mountain or Snoqualmie Pass or ski lessons, snowfalls and snowmen like these were not a common part of their little lives.
I created two versions of this friendly little portrait ~ one with just our five grandchildren and then an alteration that included Doug and me. We gave out kids framed reproductions of the kiddos-only version and used the one pictured here with us as artwork for our 2019 Christmas cards. As I've done golf-themed Holiday art for our cards since 1997, this family scene was a complete departure from the norm ~ but we couldn't resist!
The top level pictured Leah's boys, Nathan and Connor Davies. The bottom showed Kevin's kids, Piper Elizabeth and Austin. On the right is Matt's daughter, Addison.
"TURKEY WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS" (IMAGINARY HOLIDAY SETTING • PAINTED DECEMBER 1977 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
'I’ve painted a dozens of holiday pieces over the years ~ I just LOVE Christmas and my husband Doug has always referred to me the Christmas Queen. For the past 40+ years, I’ve created special paintings for my greeting cards ~ that is up until I married Doug in April 2000. From then on Hoiday golfing Snowmen and Santas" became the annual theme to honor of his passion for the game). A handful of these 18 fun works are featured above.
This early artwork pictured all six of us Simpsons with Sally Mom cradling her youngest son Bob on her lap. We're all lounging on the comfy window seat, waiting for my dad Joe to unveil his masterpiece ~ "Mr. Gobbler."
Highlight ~ Creative Sally Mom sewed each of us Simpson girls two sets of corduroy jumpers which she paired with lace-trimmed crisp puffed sleeve blouses (pictured right). The red jumpers came out at Christmastime and the powder blue ones at Easter. As we all grew older, she made matching red and black plaid taffeta Christmas dresses. These were immortalized for years in photos taken with Santa at the Crescent Department Store.
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