Many in the greater Seattle area believe this is one of the most picturesque regions in the entire Pacific Northwest. You'll find stunning architecture like Seattle's iconic Space Needle and lush green parks and gardens because of the area's prolific rainfall.
Majestic settings like Mount Rainier, the San Juans and the North Cascades offer some of Mother Nature's most diverse, but stunnihgly beautiful handiwork.
THE AMAZING SEATTLE SKYLINE ~ This setting on Seattle's beautiful waterfront is a famous one. Some of you may recall this scene from the favorite 1993 film, "Sleepless in Seattle," starring Tom Hands and Meg Ryan.
This photo of the skyline was taken from Alki Beach, just southwest of the city center. It is a bustling hub of activity and fun when the rain gives way to sunny Spring.
When my husband Doug and were living in this corner of the Pacific Northwest, we occasional spent evenings with dear friends who had a home with this breathtaking view of Seattle's skyline. Magical!
FOUR GROUPS IN THE "PUGET SOUND" COLLECTION
I've divided this collection into four groups with sub-categories. Each group highlights neighborhoods, communities and well-known beloved regional areas. In most cases, the artwork revolves with and reflects the seasons and holidays.
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SEATTLE ~ (BALLARD, CAPITOL HILL, LESCHI, MAGNOLIA, PIONEER SQUARE, PORTAGE BAY, QUEEN ANNE, VIEW RIDGE AND WALLINGFORD)
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Boats of all sizes and shapes ~ yachts, cruisers, fishing boats, sailing vessels, ferries and more ~ have always been a huge part of leisure life in the Puget Sound region. Rumor had it that there were more in Puget Sound than in any other part of the United States.
When I painted this portrait of the Seattle Yacht Club (SeattleYachtClub.org) on Seattle’s Portage Bay, I took quite a bit of poetic license with the grounds in front of the club that is shown here ~ creating a lily pad-laden inlet with swans swimming around a beautiful yacht.
The cruiser belonged to longtime friends Gail (Roxie) and Dick Klein. Gail was the songstress in the local jazz trio BLT and band members Paul West and Lee Phelps and their wives were shown waiting to board the “Honeybun.
Highlight ~ Gail commissioned this piece as a special surprise “milestone” birthday gift for her husband. NOTE ~ The image here is actually a detail of a larger vertical painting.
"CABIN CRUISER QUEEN OF SEAFAIR" (LAKE WASHINGTON, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 1999 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Seattle’s city-wide Seafair festival been going on for decades for over seven decades. During the 30+ years when I was living in the Seattle area, I remember the summer months being dotted with Seafair events like parades (one just for children in Ballard and the grand “Torch Light” venue downtown), milk carton races on Lake Union, the arrival of the Seafair Pirates on Alki Beach, the coronation of the festival’s queen from the local high school princesses, the thunder of the Blue Angels jets flying in formation and three days of hydroplane activity on Lake Washington.
For years, especially if the weather was sunny and hot, my husband and I joined friends on the beach, in the “pits,” on boats or at a house party overlooking the lake, reveling in the fun of “Hydro Race Day Sunday.” In 1999, we were on the lake in our ski boat watching the acrobatics of the Blue Angles when a vintage cabin cruiser pulled up beside us. Immaculate in every detail, I snapped a photo, which resulted in this portrait with the jets in the sky above.
Highlight ~ 1999 marked the 50th year of Seafair ~ the year I painted this piece.
"HAPPY TIMES AT THE 303 HOUSE" (LATONA, SEATTLE, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 1987 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This charming little gray bungalow with its large white brick fireplace was home to my younger sister Marilee from the late 1970s to the early 1900s. Located on Latona Avenue a short walk from Green Lake in Seattle, it was the setting for countless barbecues, picnics, Halloween parties, birthday celebrations, Christmas open houses and more. It was “party central” for my sister and her friends and she played the role of hostess beautifully.
When I painted this piece, Marilee and her then partner Pete were avidly into gardening and had planted blossoms of every size, shape and color ~ in addition to fresh veggies they added to their menus all summer.
Highlight ~ Marilee’s whimsical cottage beaconed friends and family with a red satin red pillow perched in the dining room window. The lips were there for over ten years.
"VISITING CLAUDIA'S COTTAGE (DETAIL)" (MAGNOLIA, SEATTLE, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 1995 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 9X12-INCH)
This pretty home blessed with an “Anne-of-Green-Gables” feel was located on East Magnolia’s hillside. The image shared here shows just a detail of the house as it was a tall two-story with an expansive front porch and back gardens and lawn that overlooked Puget Sound’s Interbay neighborhood.
It was restored and decorated charmingly by my friend and golfing partner Claudia Carr-Gilleland who I pictured waving from her front porch. Claudia was an avid gardener and surrounded her cottage with colorful, sweet-smelling hanging baskets and flower-filled beds.
Highlight ~ During Christmastime, she was known by her friends as the “Christmas Queen” ~ pulling out all the stops and dressing her cottage from head to toe in tiny white fairy lights and shiny baubles for her much anticipated annual holiday open house. NOTE ~ The image here is actually a detail of a larger vertical painting.
BELLEVUE, MEDINA & LAKE HILLS ~ (VINTAGE AND CONTEMPORARY RESIDENCES PLUS HISTORIC COMMUNITY BUILDINGS)
"MAKIN' SHORTCAKE AT THE MCDOWELL HOUSE" (BELLEVUE, WA • PAINTED MAY 2005 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Located near the historic Wilburton Trestle in Bellevue, this charming Arts & Crafts-style house was designated the headquarters for the Eastside Heritage Center (once housed in Redmond’s Clise Mansion at Marymoor Park).
Built in 1908 by the McDowell family with lumber from the nearby Wilburton Mill, this pretty house was once part of High Ridge Farm and Cherry Hill Farm, as well as home to the Dawes family and the Paxton family.
The city of Bellevue with Washington State carefully restored the exterior of the home and its surrounding grounds, creating a truly beautiful setting.
For decades, the Eastside Heritage Center (EastsideHeritageCenter.org), hosted Bellevue’s annual Strawberry Festival which I pictured with friends and family in the fun Summer scene.
"MERRYMAKING AT THE MEDINA FERRY DOCK" (MEDINA, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2001 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Before the 520 and I-90 Bridges were built to span Lake Washington, the only access from one side of the lake to the other were daily ferries. One of these routes connected the Seattle neighborhood of Leschi on the Seattle side to Meydenbauer Bay on the east side.
Carefully preserved, this setting was once the Meydenbauer ferries’ terminal building. Decades later it was converted into the city hall for the community of Medina. When I painted this piece it was the single story building shown here with a daylight basement on the waterfront side.
In 2012, a second story was added to the structure. The beach and beautifully landscaped grounds have served Medina for decades as a public area for picnickers, sunbathers and young mothers with toddlers anxious to get their feet wet. Thus the theme of this artwork featuring my husband Doug, niece Kelly and nephew Michael about to enjoy a picnic overlooking the lake.
Highlight ~ Microsoft’s Bill and Melnda Gates’ primary residence was built nearby on the shoreline of Lake Washington just north of this old ferry terminal building.
"HISTORIC WINTERS HOUSE" (BELLEVUE, WA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2002 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The Winters House just off Bellevue Way en-route to Interstate-90 was well known for decades as one of the loveliest old structure in Bellevue. Partially hidden by lush foliage when I painted this piece years ago, many of the homeward-bound commuters probably drove by this architectural gem without realizing it.
Sadly, this handsome historic house was demolished in 2018 to accommodate the installation of a light rail system route through Bellevue ~ something that busy commuters were hoping would help alleviate the terrible snarled traffic that King County has been dealing with for the last 30 years. Once part of the Eastside Heritage Center (EastsideHeritageCenter.org), this Mission Revival-style residence was carefully restored several years ago, so its destruction was crushing. Very few vintabe structures remain in this constantly burgeoning metropolitan area.
Highlight ~ The Winters House hosted their annual Strawberry Festival at this historic setting in 2002. Throngs of folks of all ages had one thing in common ~ they loved strawberry shortcake! They spilled out of every room onto the upper deck and back patio wildlife viewing platform. At that time, the Eastside Heritage Center was also using to mansion to showcase period historical exhibit highlighting the history of Bellevue, Medina and beyond.
"HOUSE FOR ALL SEASONS"(MEDINA, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 2007 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The portrait of this handsome home designed in authentic Northwest style was commissioned by Jo Stubbs, the mother of the wife of the couple who lived there in Medina on Lake Washington.
Jo had it painted as a very special Christmas gift for her daughter's family. Doug and I shared seats next to her at the University of Washington Husky games ~ and she was an ardent fan of my work.
This home was enjoyed by her children as “a house for all seasons” as it was a very easy place to live in any time of the year. Many in this neighborhood had replaced more modest cottages and Cape Cods with grand contemporary mansions (most owned by wealthy Microsoft executives), so the Northwest design of this residence was wonderful departure with natural building materials and imaginative lakeside landscaping.
Highlight ~ in the Summer when boats cruised by, folks saw comfy Adirondack chair at the end of the dock ~ one labeled “Republican” and one “Democrat”!
KIRKLAND, YARROW POINT & CLYDE HILL ~ (ICONIC BUSINESS BUILDINGS AND REMARKABLE RESIDENCES)
"HISTORIC HERITAGE HALL" (KIRKLAND, WA • PAINTED MAY 2015 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Heritage Hall was originally built in the handsome Greek-Revival style to serve as the Christian Science Church in 1922 ~ the oldest church building in Kirkland.
The structure was donated by West Water Real Estate to the city who worked with the Kirkland Heritage Society to move it from its original location on 220 First Street to Heritage Park on Market Street and Lake Avenue in 1999.
In 2000, it was designated as a historic Kirkland landmark.
Surrounded by beautiful grounds and gardens, its new location afforded a sweeping view of Lake Washington. When I painted this fun patriotic-themed portrait, it was home to the Kirkland Heritage Society (EastsideHeritageCenter.org), who also offered the beautiful space to the public for weddings and other special events.
Highlight ~ With its unique architectural style, this regal structure is an iconic historic structure in Kirkland. I gave this setting a patriotic theme as the waterfront comes life on Independence day with festivities including fireworks in the Summer.
"PLANTING PETUNIAS AT THE PETER KIRK BUILDING" (KIRKLAND, WA • PAINTED MAY 2007 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This magnificent Victorian brick building in the Romanesque Revival Style, was built in 1889 by entrepreneur, Peter Kirk, on the corner of Market Street and Seventh (then Picadilly).
Although the financial upheaval of 1893 impacted Kirk’s grand business plans, he remained active in this Lake Washington community until he retired in the San Juans and died in 1916.
Sadly, the building fell into disrepair in the 1960s after several owners and usages. William Radcliff, a teacher, visionary, and inspiration of the Creative Arts League, rescued the building with the Peter Kirk Syndicate and other civic minded attorneys, physicians, architects and more.
Listed on the National Historic Register in 1973, it went on to house the beloved Kirkland Arts Center (KirklandArtsCenter.org).
Highlight ~I painted my mother Sally and sisters Peggy and Marilee hard at work planting petunias in the flower beds surrounding the structure.
“PHYLLIS' LAKESIDE BRICK BEAUTY” (COZY COVE, KIRKLAND,, WA • PAINTED OCTOBER 1998 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This piece was painted as a surprise "thank you" Christmas gift for our dear family friend Phyllis Orrico. For years, this charming brick cottage overlooked Lake Washington from its lakeside setting on Lake Washington at Cozy Cove west of Kirkland.
Every Summer while she still owned this home, Phyllis graciously allowed Doug and me to moor our vintage Sea Ray in the covered slip on her dock.~ all done with a smile, asking nothing in return.
This special family portrait featured Phyllis with her six beloved children ~ Brent, Paul, Dean, Kevin, Mark and Diane lounging on the lawn on a lovely summer day.
Highlight ~ A few years after the sale of this home when Phyllis moved into assisted living, the cottage was sold and barged to property near Tacoma on Puget Sound to begin its new life. One of her sons spied the house on its watery journey when crossing Seattle’s Aurora bridge!
“BOWERS OF FLOWERS AT THE BUIOCCHI'S” (YARROW POINT, KIRKAND, WA • PAINTED JUNE 1999 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The Tom Buiocchi family lived in a lush, quiet neighborhood in Kirkland overlooking Lake Washington’s Yarrow Bay just north of Highway 520. The development of large homes provided the residents with a screened view through the lush forests down to the bay below.
Tom commissioned this artwork as a Mother’s Day gift for his wife Linda and the couple was pictured in this piece with their children (twin girls and a boy) in the driveway of their home. In the upper right corner of the painting was a treehouse already in place built by previous owners when the Buiocchis moved in ~ a bonus for son Kevin.
During Summer, gorgeous blooms filled Linda’s flower boxes and gardens. The homes balconies and deck overlooked the greenbelt and wetlands beyond, so the family was frequently entertained by a family of young eagles during the summer months.
REDMOND, WOODINVILLE & SAMMAMISH ~ (HISTORIC COMMUNITY BUILDINGS, REMARKABLE RESIDENCES, THE REDMOND SATURDAY MARKET AND WOODINVILLE WINERIES)
"SUMMERTIME AT STE. MICHELLE" (WINE COUNTRY, WOODINVILLE, WA • MAY 2001 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
World famous for its fine wines, the beautiful French chateau-styled Ste. Michelle Winery (Ste-MIchelle.com) in the heart of Woodinville’s “Wine Country” has been a favorite destination since it opened its doors to visitors many decades ago.
The destination has attracted visitors year-round, but especially in the summertime with the additional foot and bicycle traffic from the nearby Sammamish River Trail who stopped by to stroll the flower-filled grounds, rest on the shaded lawn or enjoy delicious picnic fare from the gift shop.
Add to that the hundreds of guests over the years who have packed the "al fresco" grassy concert area to picnic, drink Ste. Michelle wine and enjoy famous musicians and well-known singers who performed well into the evening every weekend from June through September.
Highlight ~ I pictured Doug and me with his brother Tom (a highly-respected wine expert) and wife Holly on the gorgeous grounds in front of the chateau.
AWARD WINNING! "THE BILL BROWN BUILDING" (REDMOND, WA • PAINTED • MAY 2005 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This handsome two-story building located in the heart of Redmond, Washington on Leary Way, was built by Redmond’s most famous mayor, William “Bill” Brown.
Bill served his beloved community from 1919 to 1948, and this was his second business building on this site. It originally housed a saloon, drug store, soda fountain, barber shop, dance hall and mortuary.
Rumor had it that the building also was home to the town’s “ladies of the evening” ~ and it even had an entrance to a secret bootlegger’s tunnel from the days of Prohibition. When I painted this portrait of it, the structure hadn’t changed much since the early 1900s, its owners being careful to maintain its original beauty with the exposed brick and original slab floors throughout most of the interior.
I gave this artwork an “All-American Celebration” theme with red, white and blue flags, balloons and bunting. I filled it with fun-loving family and friends ~ and pets gathering to join the holiday.
Highlight ~ This structure has stood ~(the interior altered slightly during its lifetime) on this block for decades, being one of the oldest historic buildings in this Western Washington community made famous as being the home of Microsoft.
AWARD WINNING! "MEETING AT THE MARKET" (REDMOND, WASHINGTON • PAINTED AUGUST 2009 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This piece won 1st Place and the honor of being the artwork used to promote the 2010 Redmond Saturday Market's (RedmondSaturdayMarket.org) 35th season which runs from May through October.
Posters with my fine art portrait of the market were posted throughout all the Eastside communities in Western Washington. Redmond's was the oldest and largest market on the Eastside, so this award was quite a prestigious honor for me.
With the historic Justice White house in the background, I gave this artwork an all-American theme. It paid homage to the fine tradition of selling and shopping for goods produced by local farmers, craftspeople and artisans.
I intertwined a patriotic red, white and blue streamer with fruit, vegetables and market signs bordering the scene of colorful booths, shoppers and their pets.
Highlight ~ For several years I had a weekly space at this fun summertime venue.
This craftsman-style cottage was home to James Mattson (1866-1948), an early Redmond resident known for petitioning King County to build a road connecting Union Hill and Redmond-Fall City Roads. Named for him until 1913, it was re-named the “Red Brick Road” when it was resurfaced.
The architecture of this pretty structure went remarkably unchanged throughout many decades of use. It was built in Perrigo Plat, Redmond’s first entirely residential neighborhood. William Perrigo platted it within his homestead which originally included all of Redmond’s Education Hill.
The Perrigo family was deeply involved in local farming, logging, mining and retail ~ and kept their important presence in the community all through the years.
Highlight ~ Known as ”The Bicycle Capital of the Northwest,” this artwork honored the community’s summertime Derby Days festival with flags, a kite flying in the breeze and a vintage Schwinn one-speed.
ISSAQUAH, NORTH BEND & SNOQUALMIE ~ (SNOQUALMIE FALLS, THE LODGE, RAILWAY STATION AND HANDSOME RURAL RESIDENCES)
Built in the picturesque little community of Snoqualmie, not far from the world famous Salish Lodge & Spa, this beautifully detailed Victorian-style railway depot housed both a small railway museum (TrainMuseum.org), gift shop and of course, ticket office. For years, it’s been a fun destination for train lovers of all ages.
Since the nearby railroad cars began being restored, the depot offered rides during the holiday, carrying eager families on a short loop ride around nearby Snoqualmie Falls that culminating with a Saint Nicholas hosted breakfast. Ticket prices were kept low so that folks of all ages could take advantage of this holiday tradition.
During the summer month, folks were also able to take advantage of a longer route, riding in vintage open-air passenger cars that clattered through the forest, stopping at small towns that doted the picturesque countryside at the foot of Mount Si.
Highlight ~ Doug and I have packed a picnic lunch and taken excursions on this vintage railway line a couple times. It's a great way to enjoy a Spring afternoon!
Snoqualmie Falls (SnoqualmieFalls.com) has always been one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the Seattle, Washington region. Located a short 30-minute drive from the downtown area, this jewel has attracted folks for generations.
The magnificent restaurant inside the famous Salish Lodge (SalishLodge.com) perched on the cliff overlooking the thunderous falls has served spectacular breakfast for decades.
The 84 guest rooms there were designed to be elegantly rustic ~ a romantic spot for honeymooners and couples who want to get away for a very special weekend away and leave their cares and worries at home.
Two gift shops (one located inside the lodge and the other at the top of the hiking trail to the base of the falls) were designed to treat visitors to an eclectic wonderful selection of memorabilia, casual wear, delectable sweets, greeting cards and more.
A favorite picnic destination, Snoqualmie Falls never failed to instill a sense of awe, especially when the snow started to melt and the river became swollen in spring.
I painted this pastoral setting to honor relatives of my sister-in-law Jorja Packard Simpson, my brother Bill's wife. At the time I painted this artwork, Zeke and Jessica Liepens were her brother Rusty’s in-laws and my husband and I became acquainted with this lovely couple when we were invited to Easter dinner at their home north of downtown Issaquah.
The Liepins lived in a graciously decorated rambler, but what was really special was their breathtakingly beautiful back garden. The rolling hill behind their home included several flower gardens in full colorful bloom every spring, a large greenhouse, a grape arbor and the charming gazebo pictured here.
Jessica’s Easter dinners were full-scale inspiring events as her home was a tribute to the Easter hols throughout ~ not to mention a buffet table overflowing with every kind of delectable dish imaginable. My husband Doug and I were always delighted to be included in this friendly Spring feast.
2018 was a sad year for our family as both Jorja Packard Simpson and Jessica Liepins passed away. The Liepins sold their pastoral rural home shortly before she died, but Zeke has this painting to remind him of the couple's wonderful years together at this beloved setting.
Highlight ~ As I painted this piece in April, Easter bunnies are tucked throughout the scene.
This large, handsome lodge-style house became home to the Lane family living in a modest cottage on Seattle’s North Side for several decades. Jeff, Diane, kids Cody and Aubrey plus assorted cats, birds, dogs, horses and more moved to this handsome rustic two-story lodge style home constructed of vertical wood siding and shingles at the foot of majestic Mount Si.
Located just west of North Bend, this stunning rural area offered the family all of the pleasures of country living with cosmopolitan Bellevue and Seattle within a short hour’s drive.
I painted this portrait of the Lane’s home shortly after they finished building it and gave the artwork an Autumn theme because of all of the colorful fall foliage that framed the property.
Highlight ~ The two very young Lanes Aubrey and Cody (now in their twenties) were pictured in the foreground surrounded with orange pumpkins, apple-filled ceramic crocks and shocks of grain.
NORTH PUGET SOUND ~ (ANACORTES, EDMONDS, EVERETT, LA CONNER, LAKE ROESIGNER, LAKE STEVENS, MONROE, MOUNT VERNON AND MORE)
Entire North Puget Sound Collection pdf ~ Click on the 3-page pdf to see all 12 paintings. NOTE ~ Some views are details of larger paintings.
"TOURING THE TULIPS FIELDS (DETAIL)" (MOUNT VERNON, WA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2002 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
I painted this portrait of the picturesque signature windmill at Mount Vernon’s nationally famous Roozengaarde (Tulips.com) Display Garden & Store several years ago when my mother Sally, chum Robin Westbrook and I made the trip north to Mount Vernon from Seattle one Spring.
Both the surrounding fields and the windmill’s stunning display garden were in vibrant full bloom. It was a welcome education learning the names of each variety of tulip, daffodil, hyacinth and more as we made our way through the meandering flower beds in the Skagit Valley.
An enormous favorite with visitors and camera buffs from all over the United States and Canada, this picture perfect setting inspired this portrait of Roozengaarde’s iconic windmill with our arms loaded with bunches of blooms for our springtime dining room tables. (image used courtesy of the Washington Bulb Co. Inc., Roozengaarde.)
Highlight ~ My mother Sally reminded me just recently during a visit to our local garden shop how much she loved that trip to Roozengaarde's nealry two decades ago. Maybe it's time to visit again! NOTE ~ The image here is actually a detail of a larger vertical painting.
"CRUSING LA CONNER IN JUST-A-TUGI" ~ (LA CONNER, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2002 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Bill and Jamie Fowler commissioned this portrait of their summer home “Justatug” several years ago when I met the couple at my artwork booth at the Redmond Saturday Market.
These two enjoyed every second of the summer months cruising around Puget Sound and the San Juans in this handsome vessel. This was perfect retirement arrangement as they spent the cooler months of the year wintering in a cozy cottage they built on their son's property.
This painting also featured the beloved resort town of La Conner (LaConnerchamber.com) in the background.
Highlight ~Located in the midst of surrounding tulip fields, every spring La Conner welcomed folks from all over the United States and Canada for their Annual Tulip Festival (TulipFestival.org).
"AUTUMN AT THE ARTISTREE" (COUNTRY VILLAGE, BOTHELL, WA • PAINTED APRIL 1999 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
The Artistree was a unique fine art gallery in Bothell's Country Village where I exhibited a revolving show of my artwork during the mid-1990s for nearly a decade.
The gallery was part of an unusual collection of gift, antique and garden shops with cafés and bistros tucked in between. It was created from vintage farm outbuildings from days when the area was a completely rural setting. The little destination really sprang to life in Autumn with its Oktoberfest and at Christmastime when pie-eyed kids witnessed Santa landing in the village square with his sleigh and reindeer. Sadly these traditions have ended as the real estate at this destination became too valuable to support the quaint little
The Artistree Gallery was operated by Robin and Wendy James with lots of help from their father, Bob ~ all three very talented artists. Robin illustrated the nationally famous children’s Serendipity books (RobinJames.net) while her sister Wendy created whimsical jewelry and other clever crafty items. Bob was the genius behind the Bon Marche’s (later Macy’s) holiday trim for decades.
Sadly, the James family sold the business in the early 2000s upon Bob's passing. And I learned recently that that Country Village was closed and sold to developers as the real estate had became too valuable to support the quaint little destination.
Highlight ~ I worked with Bob James for 14 years (1974 through 1988) at the old Bon Marche (now Macy's) in Store Planning & Graphic Signage.
"LOLLIGAGING AT LAKE ROESIGNER" (LA KE ROSESIGNER, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 1994) ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The inviting cabin pictured here on the shore of Lake Roesigner was the result of many hours of very hard work on the part of longtime friends Jeff and Diane Lane.
An hour or so drive north of Monroe, the couple completely remodeled their vacation getaway ~ inside and out. They very creatively used wood trim and special molding throughout the place, giving it a warm, inviting feel ~ with the most outstanding feature a huge fireplace they had constructed of river rock.
This cabin was a magnet in the summer months for the Lane family and their wide circle of friends. I’m pictured heading up the deck to chat with the Lanes while my sister Marilee played with their two youngsters Cody and Aubrey (her God-daughter).
When the Lanes decided to move from the Seattle area to the small rural community of North Bend, to help finance the building of their lodge-style dream house at the foot of Mount Si, they sold this place to my friend Lynn Wildblood who had been living a carefree life on his sailboard moored in nearby Everett, Washington.
Highlight ~ When my good friend Lynn married a year later, I gave the newlyweds the original painting of this cabin as a wedding gift.
SNOHOMISH ~ (HISTORIC DISTRICT'S VICTORIANS, FOURSQUARES, CRAFTSMANS AND COTTAGES ~ PLUS ONE CONVERTED CHURCH)
"STARS & STRIPES IN SNOHOMISH" ( SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2010 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
In 2007, when my stepson Matt and his young family moved to a small cottage in the charming community of Snohomish north of Seattle, I decided to expand my collection of portraits of Victorian residences there ~ and create a calendar highlighting its beautiful homes.
I spent several weekends walking the historic district, snapping photos of every setting that “spoke” to me. This green and white clapboard home at 314 Union Street with its crisp white picket fence caught my eye.
Even though the month was October, the home was decorated with dozens of little waving American flags as the family had several sons serving in the armed services at the time, as I was to learn later from the owner, owner who commissioned this piece.
Highlight ~ The little "Old Glories" inspired this artwork, which carried through the theme of celebrating Independence Day with an old-fashioned All- American picnic. I pictured and me and my husband Doug in the lower right corner bringing a cherry pie.
"INDEPENDENCE INN (MATT ALBERT HOUSE)" (SNOHOMISH, WA PAINTED JUNE 2008 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This pretty two-story Dutch Colonial-style home was built in 1900 on 304 Avenue A in the heart of the historic district in Snohomish, WA, just a short drive north of Seattle.
Snohomish has always been a huge favorite with visitors as it is filled with charming B&Bs, cafes, restored vintage homes of nearly every architectural style ~ and best of all, a great collection of antique shops. When I visited the community for the first time in the mid-1980s, this residence was featured on their Tour of Historic Snohomish Homes.
I created the fictional name “Independence Inn” for this patriotic flag-filled piece. In 2012, when I became involved with the Snohomish Historical Society researching history for my first Snohomish calendar, I met the property owners and learned that the suite over the garage was actually set up to accommodate overnight guests, so the B&B theme was actually the truth!
Highlight ~ This festive 4th of July picnic scene pictured our son Matt, his wife Heidi and me watching Grandpa Doug (GW as he was nicknamed) playfully toss our granddaughter Addison Lee into the air.
"QUILTING BEE AT BUTTERCUP COTTAGE" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED JULY 2013) ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This modest two-story clapboard cottage was tucked among several imposing grand mansions in the center of the historic district of Snohomish, Washington on busy Avenue D.
Although its design was very simple, I saw that its owners clearly loved the little place and had very creatively made the most of it with their imaginative choice of this butter yellow paint accented with periwinkle and lavender trim.
Its gardens were lush with delphiniums and the porch framed with fragrant blossoming wisteria.
Even though the home was not registered in the district as “historic,” I was drawn to its charm and added it to my Snohomish collection.
Highlight ~ I gave this piece a quilting bee theme with a peek-a-boo glimpse of the busy women (several of my creative girlfriends) inside working diligently on their sewing project.
"BLUE BIRDHOUSE B&B" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2003 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Although this house was clearly a perfect example of vintage Victorian architecture when I discovered the three-story in the early 1900s, surprisingly, there was no evidence that it have been registered as one of Snohomish’s historic homes.
At the time, this three-story beauty was pristine white with a blue roof as pictured in my painting. Its wood siding and decorative "gingerbread" detailing really made it stand out on its corner lot that bordered the community's historic district. As it was on the edge of the district, I stumbled upon it accidentally, but found it so beautiful that I added it to my Snohomish Collection.
I gave the piece a B&B theme even though it was a single-family dwelling at the time, adding several whimsical birdhouses and lots of flower-filled gardens to complement the grounds around the home. I pictured my husband Doug relaxing while reading the paper in a large wicker chair on the wrap-around porch. I'm carrying the breakfast we are both about to enjoy!
Highlight ~ This pretty painting was featured for years in my booth at the September Snohomish Tour of Historic Homes
PUGET SOUND SOUTH & WEST ~ (BREMERTON, LAKEWOOD, NISQUALLY, NORMANDY PARK, OLYMPIA , PORT ORCHARD, SEAHURST AND MORE)
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"THE BAY HOUSE" (NISQUALLY, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2005 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This waterfront cabin was built in 1962 on a spectacular piece of Puget Sound waterfront property near Nisqually, Washington. When I painted this, the couple who owned it were in their mid-70s with all six children grown, married and living at other destinations all over the U.S. Thus, the couple made the hard choice to sell the little waterfront little gem, even though it was the place where dreams had been made for three generations of family. The sale helped them a great deal with the challenge of downsizing to a turn-key condominium.
Highlight ~ As a gift, the realtor who handled the sale of the property for them commissioned this painting showing the entire family celebrating a last 4th of July at their beloved cabin. In honor of "The Bay House," the family wrote this poem:
The gatherings started in ‘45. Friends and family brought the land alive.
Till ‘47 the way in was by boat; the pond and the bay made a natural moat.
The house was added in ’62; the gatherings expanded as the family grew.
This painting is to commemorate the very special 2005 date.
"THE HOUSE IN THE PARK" (NORMANDY PARK, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2000 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This painting was a very sentimental commission requested by Merri Berg who spent her childhood growing up in this rambler. She wanted her childhood home immortalized to honor to all her wonderful memories.
This modest, yet sprawling ranch-style home was an authentic slice of the 1950s with its simple shingle construction, handsome period windows and other mid-century details. Note the colored glass vases in the front windows.
Surrounded by colorful flowerbeds, shrubbery in full bloom and pretty stepping stones bordering the front of the house, it was built in the friendly Normandy Park neighborhood west of SeaTac airport near Puget Sound. Merri's mother was an avid gardener, thus the name of the painting.
Highlight ~ Merri requested that I paint her into the piece as a youngster of about ten with her beloved dog. Skipper is pictured giving Merri a quick friendly nuzzle as she stops to pat him on the head before heading down the street to school ~ a frequent morning tradition for both!
"ENCHANTING ENGLISH THORNEWOOD CASTLE" (AMERICAN LAKE, LAKEWOOD, WA • PAINTED JULY 2014 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Elegant, enchanting Thornewood Castle (ThornewoodCastle.com) on American Lake was a true “labor of love” for wealthy Chester Thorne.
A man of many accomplishments in commerce, transportation, banking, cold storage and more, he chose famed Northwest architect Kirtland K. Cutter to design his “castle” in 1909 in the authentic old English Tudor manor style. Cutter incorporated many accoutrements of English architecture Thorne had purchased on several trips abroad.
Prior to building the home however, Thorne hired the famous Olmsted Brothers to design sumptuous formal gardens. Cutter designed the castle afterwards expressly to take advantage of the views of these gardens, American Lake and Mount Rainier. Many believe Thornewood was Cutter’s crowning residential architectural achievement.
Upon completion of his residence, Chester Thorne was also instrumental in developing stunning Mount Rainier National Park, a beloved destination for folks in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Highlight ~ I painted this portrait of Thornewood Castle to celebrate our son Kevin's marriage to Taryn Haffner in 2014.
"THE CHURCH HOUSE" (PORT ORCHARD, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 1998 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This unique house was built in the early 1990s near Bremerton in a pretty neighborhood filled with large lots in the community of Port Orchard. The property included anumber of outbuildings like a barn and a workshop in addition to the two-story pictured here. It was affectionately known by folks in the neighborhood as “The Church House.”
This was the second home that my oldest brother John purchased during his marriage and where he raised his two kids, daughter Stephanie and son Thomas.
The home has always been a “work in progress,” and as John loves to tinker, over the years he's made several improvements to the property like building the hospitable deck left of the front entrance.
Both Steph and Tom are grown and out of college, but in this piece, I pictured them as youngsters waving from their front lawn in foreground of the artwork. The painting celebrated family, sunshine and summer.
Highlight ~ I completed it as a special surprise gift for my brother in honor of a milestone birthday.
PORT TOWNSEND ~ (THE HISTORIC DISTRICT'S VICTORIANS, FOURSQUARES, CRAFTSMANS AND COTTAGES)
"COZY CONSULATE B&B (FRANK HASTINGS HOUSE)" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2001 ) ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The historic Frank Hastings House was built in 1889 at 313 Walker Street. This Victorian was one of the finest classic examples of Queen Anne-style architecture during the period when grand homes were being built in Port Townsend. At the turn of the last century, the town was a busy seaport, but as ships became larger and deeper, business waned as the harbor was deemed to be too shallow to accommodate them.
A “must see” for visitors to the scenic seaside community of Port Townsend, when I painted this piece, it was welcoming guests as the “Old Consulate Inn” (OldConsulateInn.com).
Early in its hisotry, the three-story mansion became known as the “German Consulate” when it was owned by C.A. Olsen as August Duddenhauser boarded there when he served as the German consult.
I’ve pictured my husband Doug puttering around the wrap-around front porch, sprucing it up with pots of white geraniums. My niece in the upstairs cupola and me in the front window were nearly finished with our morning activities and about to join him on the beautiful sunny morning.
Highlight ~ In the mid-1970s, my sister Marilee and I visited this community for the Annual Tour of Historic Homes which inspired much of my Port Townsend Collection.
"HAPPY TIMES AT THE ROBERT C. HILL HOUSE" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED MAY 2008 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This pretty two-story house, originally constructed for J.J. Hunt in 1872 at 611 Polk Street, went on to become the home ten years later to Robert C. Hill and his wife, Elizabeth.
Very active in local community affairs, Robert Hill was elected mayor of the town in 1885, and also was instrumental in establishing the First National Bank of Port Townsend.
This is a fun summer painting with a picnic theme ~ complete with “Old Glory” billowing in the breeze. I filled the artwork with good friends about to enjoy an old fashioned feast of watermelon and other traditional summer favorites.
Highlight ~ Our beloved dearly departed kitties Andy and Sophie were quite an armful for my husband Doug who I pictured in the front bay window of this pretty place.
Originally known as the Eisenbeis Castle, the elegant imposing structure was named for Charles Eisenbeis, Port Townsend’s first mayor and a leading local businessman.
The regal four-story castle was built in 1892 on 7th and Sheridan Street and was inspired by castles on the Rhine River where Eisenbeis had lived before immigrating to the United States. The castle originally had 30 rooms that enjoyed spectacular views of stunning Puget Sound. Beautifully enhanced by gorgeous hand-carved oak woodwork and vintage glittering chandeliers, the castle was surrounded by lush grounds and flower gardens.
When I painted this piece, the Manresa Castle (ManresaCastle.com) was serving guests as a very popular inn and fine restaurant. Another interesting note, rumor has it that guests have suggested that the place may be haunted by ghosts.
Highlight ~ My mother Sally and father Joe celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with dinner here in late 1980s a few months before my dad passed away.
"GLEASON GREEN GODDESS" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED JUNE 2006 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
I created this fun summer picnicking scene with flags unfurled and all the traditional fixin’s ~ from watermelon to beef burgers to chocolate layer cake.
My husband Doug and I are pictured celebrating with our pals Joe and Linda Ebner and John and Maria Herbert at this beautiful historic Port Townsend home.
It was constructed in the early 1900s at 706 Taft Street by successful dentist Dr. Gleason. The unique residence was adorned with a decorative turret and decorative arched front picture windows.
The home’s interior featured very creative use of wood and moldings throughout, including built-in china cabinets and other charming details. The owner patterned the three-story after a similar home in Boston, MA where he had lived for several years before moving west to the seaside community of Port Townsend.
Highlight ~ This was one of several paintings I've completed featuring the Ebners and Herberts, longtime friends from our years spent in Seattle.
ISLANDS IN THE PUGET SOUND ~ (VASHON, WHIDBEY, BAINBRIDGE AND THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS ~ INCLUDING NEARLY A DOZEN SCENES OF ROCHE HARBOR)
"U.S. CUSTOMS HOUSE ON THE DOCK" (ROCHE HARBOR, THE SAN JUANS, WA • PAINTED MAY 2004 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Every year on the Independence Day in July, hundreds of vessels ~ large and small ~ crowd the docks and the waterfront of the charming resort destination of Roche Harbor (RocheHarbor.com).
San Juan Island is just a few miles from the Canadian border, so for many vacationers, their visits to the beautiful San Juan Islands have always begun here at this quaint one-room white and green domed structure perched at the end of the docks ~ the home of the resort's U.S. Customs Offices.
Every Independence Day, the agents have festooned their office with colorful red, white and blue buntin and flags. In this piece,I painted the three officers enjoying a break in the sunshine with visitors walking the docks in search of vessels with the most creative patriotic trim ~ an annual traditional competition.
Highlight ~ Each of the three officers pictured in this painting reached out to me enchanted by their "immortalization" ~ asking for a print of this memory-filled reminder of that special day.
"ROCHE HARBOR REVERIE” (ROCHE HARBOR, THE SAN JUANS, WA • JULY 2000 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
The focal point of Roche Harbor Resort and Marina (RocheHarbor.com), this once private residence of the village’s founder John S. McMillin, became the signature Madrona Grill when the Neil Tarte family purchased the property from McMillin’s son Paul and developed it into a destination resort for vacationers and boaters from the United States and Canada.
In the early 1900s, the harbor had housed McMillin’s very successful mines, lime kiln, processing plant, Hotel de Haro (for guests and clients), a small church and school as well as homes for all of his employees and their families.
Tarte saved and restored most of the McMillin structures, and later new owners added other buildings, being careful to blend them with the setting’s quaint feel. During the summer months, the resort became a hub of happy activity.
Highlight ~ For decades on the Fourth of July, revelers crowded the restaurant’s decks and dining room to enjoy the harbor view, feast on delicious fare and watch the annual Independence Day games on the shoreline below. Log rolling, anyone?
"OUR LADY OF GOOD VOYAGE” (ROCHE HARBOR, THE SAN JUANS, WA • AUGUST 2000 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
This beautiful tiny Victorian clapboard church nestled into the hillside overlooking Roche Harbor (RocheHarbor.com) on San Juan Island has always been a coveted setting for brides and grooms. I took a bit of poetic license when I completed its portrait, painting my husband Doug and my wedding party into this picturesque setting.
Embellished with arched leaded glass windows and other lovely decorative touches, it has been a delighted many. In Spring, the little garden in front of its front stairways blossomed with colorful tulips ~ as shown in this artwork.
Our Lady of Good Voyage was built by Roche Harbor founder and successful lime baron John S. McMillon as a place of worship for his family, visitors and his workers in the early 1900s when the property housed his thriving business.
For decades, this remarkable setting held the distinction of being the only privately owned Roman Catholic chapel in the United States. This tradition continued after the Tarte family purchased Roche Harbor from McMillan's sonand converted it into a quaint seaside destination ~ especially in Spring and Summer.
Highlight ~ For a few years when we were first married, Doug and I were invited to share in the Independence Day festivities at Roche Harbor by childhood pal Brent Orrico. Brent chose Our Lady of Good Voyage for his own wedding in the mid-1990s.
"HOTEL DE HARO” (ROCHE HARBOR, THE SAN JUANS, WA • OCTOBER 2000 • ACRYLIC ON
CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
I painted this piece to draw attention to the beautiful blooms and lush, flowering shrubbery in the Roche Harbor (RocheHarbor.com) Sunken Garden across from historic Hotel de Haro.
John S. McMillin built the white frame three-story structure to house dignitaries, important clients and other guests when the setting was operating as his successful line kiln and processing plant during the first half of the 1900s.
After McMillin's death, his son Paul sold all the property and buildings to the Neil Tarte family in the 1950s who went on to develop it into the Roche Harbor Resort & Marina.
Hotel de Haro was one of the first important buildings the Tartes renovated. Still functioning when I created this artwork, it had hosted a number of memorable guests over the decades including President "Teddy" Roosevelt who made the considerable journey over land and sea when it was still McMillin's business. When the property became a resort, another frequent visitor was legendary actor John Wayne.
Highlight ~ Hotel registers with the signatures of President T. Roosevelt and John Wayne were preserved for history buffs who visiedt the setting.
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