This page features a collection of subjects and settings from all over America and beyond that have touched my heart and inspired me over my many years as an "AMERICANA" fine artist.
THE COAST OF CORNWALL, ENGLAND ~ This image pictures the habor village of St. Ives, Cornwall, England glowing in the morning light. Inspired by British storyteller Rosamunde Picher's books, "The Shell Seekers," "Day of the Storm," and "Coming Home," I visited the artists' colony in 2002 with my husband on his 50th birthday U.K. golfing trip with two of his very best childhood chums.
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 third floor attic suite with a breathtaking harbor view during my visit. Picturesque as could be, the inn was once home to a sea captain. you'll find my art of Belyar's Croft in the "Other Settings (United Kingdom)" section further down on this page.
ENJOY THIS BEAUTIFUL BRILLIANT SEASON!
5 GROUPS IN THE "MORE COLLECTION"
I've divided this collection into 5 groups with sub-categories. Each group highlights favorite settings and subjects. In most cases the artwork revolves with and reflects the seasons and holidays.
NEW ARTWORK, GROUP PDFS &"THE BIG LIST"
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GOLF COURSES, CLUBHOUSES AND HOLIDAY GOLF SETTINGS ~ SOME WITH IMAGINARY SANTAS AND SNOWMEN) ~ PACIFIC NORTHWEST AND BEYOND, INCLUDING SCOTLAND DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
Entire Golf Collection (Some Holiday) pdf ~ Click on this 4-page pdf to see all 18 golf courses and clubhouses.
GOLF COURSES AND CLUBHOUSES ~ GOLF DESTINATIONS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, ARIZONA AND SCOTLAND, UK
"AUTUMN GOLFING AT 'THE GLEN'" (GLEN ACRES COUNTRY CLUB, BURIEN, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 1995 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH
This was a portrait of Glen Acres Country Golf & Country Club’s (GlenAcresGolf.com) main clubhouse that I painted in the mid-1990s during the period when I was a member of that private club for about five years.
The very challenging 9-hole course had two sets of tee boxes and lightening fast greens ~ quite a challenge for the new golfer I was at that time. The setting overlooked downtown Seattle from its slightly sloping property just south of the Seattle in Burien.
The charming traditional stucco and timber cottage clubhouse pictured in the artwork was once a private residence. It served its members as a comfortable place to relax after a round of golf, but the back picture windows overlooking Seattle made it a “natural” for hosting weddings, receptions and other social functions.
Highlight ~ This Autumn-themed piece pictured friends and family on an Indian summer day dressed for an afternoon of fun and friendly competition.
"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 ~ 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 secial. The first: Jefferson Park 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 (PremeirGC.com).
Highlight ~ I was introduced to Fred Couples and gave him a framed 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.
"OVERLAKE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB" (MEDINA, WA • PAINTED MAY 2001 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Located just east of Lake Washington in the small upscale community of Medina, world-class private Overlake Golf & Country Club (Overlake.Club) was breathtakingly beautiful in the Spring of 2001 when I painted this portrait of the handsome clubhouse and pro shop.
Gardeners had planted the beds at the tee boxes on the entire course with thousands of bulbs ~ tulips, daffodils, crocuses and more. In full bloom, these were quite an inspiration for its members and guests who came to enjoy the golf course at that time of year.
This elite club on King County’s Eastside had several famous members on its roster ~ including Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Steve Balmer as well as several well known sports figures.
Highlight ~ My husband Doug holds the distinction of winning the Men’s Club Championship 11 times ~ a record that to this day has never been broken.
HOLIDAY GOLF SETTINGS ~ GOLFING SANTAS, SNOWMEN, ELVES AND MORE ~ INCLUDING PAINTINGS FROM THE "CANDY CANE LINKS" COLLECTION
NOTE ~ Actual settings like Saint Andrews, Carnoustie and several courses in the United States are part of the "Golf Courses & Clubhouses" collection above.
NEW "HAPPY 9 HOLES WITH SAINT NICK" (IMAGINARY HOLIDAY GOLF SETTING) • PAINTED DECEMBER 2020 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 5X7-INCH)
This little portrait of Santa Claus dressed festively in his "plus-fours," cap, plaid vest and sweater with my husband Dougie and me is the 22nd in a series of paintings I completed for golf-themed Christmas card artwork I’ve created since 1998.
Even though we have not been golfing as much as we’d like lately for lots of reasons, our New Year’s resolution is to get out on the links and play a whole lot more!
In this fun artwork, we’ve just finished a quick 9 holes at the invitation of Santa Claus on December 26th ~ his day off after that "long winter's night."
Highlight ~ We're all wearing Santa's signature Christmas plaid (traditional Stewart) in this artwork. Doug's in his wind-breaker, Saint Nick in his vest, and me in my leggings.
"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 passionalte 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 ~ 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.
"TEE IT UP TRAIN" (IMAGINARY GOLF SCENE • PAINTED OCTOBER 2006 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 5X7-INCH)
The timing here for this festive holiday scene was undeniably the day after Christmas ~ as Santa Claus was at the helm of this whimsical steam engine chugging by the little Victorian railway station along the tracks on the way to the golf course.
A flock of Canadian geese were watching over us from above in this sunny winter scene. I pictured my husband Doug and me waving “Best Holiday Wishes” from the passenger car.
Next to us In the coal car were our while our favorite two kittiewinks Andy and Sophie who had stowed away that morning to keep us company.
Highlight ~ When this piece was painted, these two little furry friends had just joined our family ~ being our constant companions (Andy for Doug and Sophie for me) for the rest of their “nine lives.”
"CARTING THE TREE TO THE CANDY CANE LINKS CLUBHOUSE" (IMAGINARY HOLIDAY GOLF SCENE • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2010 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 5X7-INCH)
In this piece Santa Claus was all dressed up in his festively colored “plus-fours” as he was in charge of the Christmas tree detail at the clubhouse for Candy Cane Links ~ his own private golf course at the North Pole. What better way than to tie down the giant evergreen to the top of his candy cane-inspired electric golf cart? Oops . . . that load of holiday lights was about to fall out of the back!
This painting was also inspired by my husband Doug’s dear friend Ric Metzger who had the habit of careening around Overlake Golf & Country Club snagging tree limbs that more often than not refused to budge from the roof of his golf cart until he’d finished his 18 holes. Doug had the photo to prove it! See "Santa's Holiday Hazard" above for more on Ric.
Highlight ~ This is the second painting in the "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 all 8 paintings ~ most from the Everett Fire Department.
"OLD STATION #4 (E.F.D.)" (EVERETT, WA, • PAINTED MARCH 1992 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 16X20-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 flower 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 land-fill, 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.
"STATION #1 AND THE OLD STEAMER (E.F.D.)" (EVERETT, WA, • PAINTED OCTOBER 1993 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 16X20-INCH)
The immaculate vintage Ahrens Fox 1906 pumper (otherwise known simply as “The Steamer”) has always been an Everett Fire Department (EverettFirefighters.org) iconic much loved vehicle.
The steamer was delivered to the community’s fire department in December 1907 ~ well over a century ago.
I painted this portrait of it in the early 1990s, picturing it parked in front of what once was the very first fire station in Everett, Washington. Sadly, when traffic through town was revised to make way for Interstate 5, this charming stucco one-story building was demolished ~ a casualty of that project.
Highlight ~ For many years, folks were able to see the old vehicle sparkling like a dime with local firefighters at the reins when Everett celebrated “Salty Seas Days” with a big parade. That annual community event inspired this painting.
"RIDING IN THE SALTY SEAS DAY PARADE" (E.F.D., EVERETT, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 1994 • 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.
"OLD STATION #2 (E.F.D.)" (EVERETT, WA, • PAINTED NOVEMBER 1991 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 16X20-INCH)
The vintage Everett Fire Department (EverettFirefighters.org) Headquarters located at 2801 Oakes Avenue in downtown Everett, Washington, was occupied for the first time on June 25, 1925. In those days, the entire structure was heated with sawdust.
Over the years, a few minor alterations were made to the exterior of the building. The bi-fold doors and small paned windows were replaced with more modern, easy to use door and the intricate art deco sconces flanking the entryway disappeared along with the flagpole on the roof.
Other than these changes, the structure has largely retained most of its original character. Old Station #2 is registered as a historical landmark in. Notice the firefighters in vintage uniforms and the steamer and old fire engine in the headquarters’ bays.
Highlight ~ The original painting was given to firefighter Michael Lambert (retired EMS Chief) and became part of this private collection.
OTHER SETTINGS ~ THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, THE SOUTHWEST, THE MIDWEST, NEW ENGLAND, GREAT BRITAIN AND UZBEKISTAN OF THE FORMER SOVIET UNION
Entire Other Settings Collection pdf ~ Click on this 6-page pdf to see all 21 paintings from all over the United States and beyond.
THE MIDWEST & NEW ENGLAND ~ CHARMING "HOME SWEET HOMES"
"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 the charming community of 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 Christmas gifts for her husband to remind them of the wonderful times they shared in the Pacific Northwest. NOTE ~ Their Orcas Island wedding portrait is also featured on my Bridal page.
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 the summer of 2009 to see the family’s Minnesota farm. She commissioned this piece as a memento and gave framed prints to her brothers and sisters as gifts at Christmastime that year.
Highlight ~ I was happy to let her use the image to add to 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 Kathy 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 painting as a special thank-you gift for the couple ~ pictured Buddy among plants, flowers, and yard art in the garden Kathy created in their front courtyard.
In 2003, Doug and I discovered a cozy Mesa, Arizona patio home ~ as it was referred to in the brochure about the complex known as "Mission Square at Alta Mesa." This little Southwest-style stucco "casita" with its traditional red tile roof overlooked the 17th green of Alta Mesa Country Club and brought to fruition my husband's "bucket list" dream of doing a bit of "snow-birding" when he retired.
Doug attended college at Arizona State University on a golf scholarship in the early 1970s and loved Arizona's warm dry climate, so spending some time in this part of the United States was very appealing to him. His folks Russ and Kathleen had both passed by 2002, so he used the money from his inheritance to help make this happen.
Many hours of fun and relaxation were created here ~ an occasional respite from the gloomy days that the Pacific Northwest serves up after Christmastime. We’re pictured in front of this “desert delight” ~ about to enjoy a barbecue with friends in the area.
Highlight ~ For years, gal pals who lived in this friendly little complex rode laps in the evening several times around the interior circular drive on one-speed bicycles ~ each one bike a different color!
"THE ENGLISH ROSE TEA ROOM" (CAREFREE, AZ • PAINTED AUGUST 2007 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Situated in the heart of beautiful Carefree, Arizona, the English Rose Tea Room (CarefreeTea.com) (CarefreeTea.com) provided authentic English cuisine in a truly unique and exquisite Victorian atmosphere. From a simple scone with Devon Cream to “The Duchess of Bedford’s Formal Afternoon Tea,” there was something for every discerning guest’s palate.
Generous attention was given to replicate the true feel of a formal English Tea Room as the owner/proprietor of this space, Jo Gemmill, spent much of her life "across the pond" in England. The gracious style that she created in her tea room was soft, feminine, romantic and authentic.
Seated in their heart-backed chairs were longtime friends and associates Beverly, Fara and Natasha. I pictured Jo as the perfect hostess about to welcome guests.
Highlight ~ Adjacent to the tea room pictured here, Jo ran a gift shop filled with dozens of authentic English teas, a huge selection of teapots and other one-of-a-kind gift items.
OREGON & THE OREGON COAST ~ CANNON BEACH, ASHLAND AND MEDFORD
"DOUG'S DREAM HOUSE (THE NEEDELS)" (CANNON BEACH, OR • PAINTED MARCH 1998 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
“Doug’s Dream House (The Needles)” • CANNON BEACH, OREGON • PAINTED MARCH 1998 • 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. Truly magical memories!
"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 IN CORNWALL, ENGLAND, U.K. • 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 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, known as the “Cornish Riviera.” My destination was St. Ives, a beloved artists’ colony where during my three-day visit, I stayed at the charming 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 afforded a breathtaking 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 ~ A trip to Saint Ives had been a dream of mine for year ~ inspired by novels written by renowned English storyteller, Rosamunde Pilcher. In her books, she called this seaside villages "Porthkerris." See the photo of its picturesque harbor at the top of this page.
"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 on Saint Patrick’s Day, 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 OUR WEDDING PARTY, THE VIRGIN MARY AND MORE
Entire Other Subjects Collection pdf ~ Click on the 4-page pdf to see and learn about all 17 images.
CRITTERS WE LOVE ~ BELOVED FAMILY PETS INLCUDING A HEARTFELT MEMORIAL TO A TRIO OF KITTIES
"FRIENDLY FURRY FELINES" (IMAGINARY SETTING • PAINTED AUGUST 1999• ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Kitties galore! My sisters, Marilee, Peggy and I have all been dyed-in-the-wool kitty lovers all of our lives ~ usually with cats in our households.
If you look carefully in this painting, you’ll see my 2 younger sisters and me lounging on cozy window seats on both sides of the fireplace in the background. It was on a rainy blustery Winter afternoon and we were all trying to take "cat naps."
All of the kitties in this portrait were very independent, blessed with their own unique personalities ~ but each was extremely loving and all of them, world-class cuddlers.
Peggy’s was the calico named Chloe, who spent most of her time exploring the grounds surrounding her Spokane Valley home. Marilee’s was the white one, Betty Kitty, who yearned to be outside as well, but lived her life as a “condo-cat” in Seattle in a neighborhood by Lake Washington. My big black kitty KC was also a "condo-cat" as well on Seattle's Capitol Hill, but he was perfectly happy to accept the role of a lazy “hot-house plant.”
Highlight ~ Sadly, this painting was painted as a "memorial," as our 3 furry feline friends had all passed away when I finished this artwork.
NEW! "AUTUMN OUTING ~ BRYCE, SPIKE & PUMPKIN" (HIGH DRIVE, THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 2020 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 5X7-INCH)
When my youngest brother met his bride-to-be, she had a sweet black dog named Spike who became a member of their household as a young married couple.
When her furry little buddy passed away, once their two kiddos Scot and Izzie were old enough to appreciate pets, Jan and Bob enlarged their family with two rambunctious rescue dogs ~ a sleek caramel-colored male named Bryce and a huskier female they called Pumpkin because of the shades of her unusually gorgeous coat.
The two latter dogs (image right) often unpredictable and inquisitive, both experienced a number of unique adventures ~ like the discovery of a case of beer and a supply of motor oil in the garage ~ both with their names on them. They were a couple of very sick "boogs" as my youngest borther Bob calls them as not a drop was left of either substance after these two escapes.
A few years after the beer and motor oil episodes, Bryce also had a run-in with a very unfriendly porcupine ~ and I’m sure my brother and his wife have other stories to share. Nevertheless, all the doggies have been the objects of much affection over the years.
Highlight ~ This Christmas gift portrait lovingly honors all three dogs.
"KITTIEWINKS AT THE CAMPBELL HOUSE" (BROWNE'S ADDITION, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JANUARY 2010 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This portrait was completed for a book I have been working on for over a decade, "Andy and Sophie Visit the Campbell House."
I’ve loved this beautiful old mansion since my first visit as a Campfire Girl in the mid-1950s. In those days, it was the Cheney Cowles Museum ~ about to begin a remarkable journey of restoration to become the historic focal point of the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (or simply the MAC).
I painted a glimpse of the guest rooms and linen room (with its sewing machine) on the second floor and the library, reception room and servants’ dining room on the main floor.
I tucked our “kittiewinks” into a thick patch of lawn in the front yard waiting to enter the historic Tudor-Revival with me, my husband Doug, ~ and my mother Sally, who introduced me to the Campbell House those many years ago as a Camp Fire Leader.
Highlight ~ I dedicated this painting to Sally Mom.
"PEGGY & JEFF'S POOCHES" (LEE'S POINT, HAYDEN LAKE, ID • PAINTED DECEMBER 2017 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 5X7-INCH)
Although a steady stream of pets of all types have “ruled the roost” at sis Peggy and her husband Jeff’s various homes over the years, when I decided to paint portraits of my siblings family pets as Christmas gifts in 2017, those on hand in this family were a little fluffy friendly Shih Tzu named Tabasco (who had survived so long that he had completely lost his sight in both his eyes) ~ and a very large German shepherd named Jada blessed with boundless energy.
These two were the exact opposite, but spent several years as roommates nonetheless, ~ looking after each other in their own way. The two have provided the family with companionship and love as well as some very comical moments.
Highlight ~ When Tabasco fell off the high bank into the lake below one summer, Jada barked her head off until she got my sister’s attention that the poor little blind pooch was in serious need of rescuing.
PERSONAL PORTRAITS OF PEOPLE ~ FRIENDS AND FAMILY INLCUDING AN EARLY SELF-PORTRAIT
"THE WARD WEDDING PARTY" (ECHO FALLS C.C., MONROE, WA • FEBRUARY 2004 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
To surprise and to honor my husband Doug 4 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.
"JORJA & BILL'S CAROUSEL" (IMAGINARY SETTING • PAINTED JANUARY 1988 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
At the time I painted this for my sister-in-law Jorja Packard and Bill Simpson, I was managing an authentic Brownstone 3-story apartment building in Wallingford, west of Seattle’s University District. Aptly named Wallingford Arms and owned by a professor at the U of W, he was very careful with this vintage structure which still had its boiler in the basement, leaded glass windows, authentic molding, hardwood floors and ice-boxes throughout. Tennants who were approved to move in signed paperwork promising to do nothing to the interior.
At the time, I had begun purchasing furniture that had a timeless feel to fill this space. As Jorja wanted more room for sewing projects in the late 1980s, she let me borrow their dining room table. (Remarkably, when she passed in 2019, I noticed she still had the same fabric on the chairs I re-upholstered.) Jorja loved carousels, eventually purchasing an authentic carousel horse that sat in the dining room of their Bremerton brick bungalow for decades.
As funds were tight at the time, she suggested a trade of the painting commission for an antique armoire that had been in the Packard family. The door hinges were damaged, but otherwise the piece was in beautiful shape, plus it matched the dining room set on loan. My friend Brad Robison kindly repaired it for me and It sat in subsequent homes for decades.
When Doug and I returned to Spokane in 2000, there wasn’t enough space for it, so I sold it to my friend Mary Doohan who had furniture with identical detailing.
Highlight ~ At Jorja’s request, this painting was loosely based on the Looff Carousel at (Jorja loved carousels ~ and this was her favorite) Spokane’s Natatorium Park. Find a more authentic portrait of that glittering creation on my Spokane page under the "Inland Northwest Parks & Gardens" section.
"PATTI WITH HER PAINTING, 'A JANUARY DAY'" (IMAGINARY SETTING • PAINTED JANUARY 1986 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
In 1986, as my career as a fine artist was getting underway, I tried my hand at painting a self-portrait. It pictured me (all dressed up…really?!?) working at my easel with on a very early 1977 painting, “The Jolly January Day” ~ shown on the wall behind me in this artwork.
This was really the only painting of its type I attempted for many years, as when complete, I really didn’t like the results and did not consider it a success.
Even in my early days as a painter, I believed that portraits, “self” or not, should reveal the heart and soul of the subject. I worked from a couple of formal photographs on this initial piece, and even though I’ve always tried to be a warm, engaging and other-conscious person, none of that came through the final result. It looked stiff and cold, I thought.
Over a decade after this first effort, I tried this genre again with more success ~ choosing the photos I worked from more carefully to ensure I captured the right feel.
Highlight ~ What I learned from this process was that it was something like building a house ~ If the foundation wasn’t solid, it was impossible to build a great house!
THE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION ~ MORE ARTWORK HONORING THE FESTIVE HOLIDAY SEASON
Entire Christmas Collection pdf ~ Click on this single page pdf to see all 4 paintings. NOTE ~ This collection is in addition to the Golfing Santa / Snowmen artwork featured near the top of this page and other seasonal pieces that are featured on the Spokane and Puget Sound pages during November and December.
THE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION ~ FAMILY WINTER AND HOLIDAY SCENES, A TRADITIONAL CRECHE AND A VINTAGE CHRISTMAS TRAIN
"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 with 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 a second alteration that includes Doug and me. We gave out kids framed reproductions of the kids-only version and used the one pictured here 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 little boys, Nathan and Connor Davies. The bottom row 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 "Holiday Golfing Snowmen and Santa" 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 cradeling 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 ~ My creative mother Sally sewed each of her daughters two sets of corduroy jumpers which she paired with lace-trimmed crisp puffed sleeve blouses (pictured right). The red jumpers came out at Christmas and the light blue ones at Easter. As we all grew to be a little older, she created matching Christmas dresses of red and black taffeta. These were immortalized for years in Christmas photos taken with Santa at the Crescent Department Store. (Perhaps this explains my fascination with the taffeta dress pictured above in this section!)
"PEACE ON EARTH AT THE STABLE" (BETHLEHEM, JUDEA • PAINTED DECEMBER 1977 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This quiet little stable scene was another of the seven 1977 paintings.
My parents were "converts" who became devouted Roman Catholics ~ my dad, when a student at Gonzaga University and my mother, shortly after their marriage at Sacred Heart Church in 1947. When we six Simpson kidsI were youngsters, my parents waged the constant battle to of pushing Santa Claus and his merry toy-making elves into the background of the Holiday. They tried to keep Christ in "Christmas," which was of course was the real reason for celebrating Christmas in the first place.
For years, we attended Midnight Mass at Sacred Heart Hospital's chapel. It was a magical place with its sky blue ceiling. The chapel really seemed like "Heaven" with the Sisters of Providence choir singing like angels. In later years, my parents drove our family to the Immaculate Heart Retreat House on the south edge of Spokane's Moran Prairie where the Wessel family also treated the congregation to carols before Midnight Mass. With these fond memories, it was easy to create this little painting honoring the birth of Jesus for my folks.
Highlight ~ For decades, they hung this little painting near their tree every Christmas. My mother Sally recently returned the original canvases of "Peace on Earth at the Stable" and "Puffing by the Post Office" back to me to add into my own mix of decorations.
"PUFFING BY THE POST OFFICE" (IMAGINARY HOLIDAY SETTING• PAINTED DECEMBER 1977 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
As I created paintings for everyone else in the family in 1977, the toughest person to do this for was my youngest brother Bob. Ideas completely eluded me until my mom finally suggested a Christmas Train. Yes, it was one of those gift that got a lack-luster "Thanks." He was 12 after all!
I'm not sure that Bob ever remembered that I painted this piece for him. My mom Sally stored it with her Nativity painting from that 1977 Christmas on, I'm sure ~ but finally she gave it back to me a few years ago.
Inspired by the humble little locomotive and cars, in 2006, I painted the "Tee-It-Up Train" which was a huge hit with all our pals on our Christmas card list. It's featured above on this page.
Click on BIG LIST • MORE PAINTINGS COLLECTION OR the Red Pointer graphic header here to access ALL the titiles in thIs collection. Titles of art in this Autumn 2021 edition are in RED CAPS alphabetically by group. These link you with bold red type to pages throughout the web site.
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