A BEAUTIFUL CORNER OF THE U.S.A. ~ Many in the greater Seattle area believe the Pacific Northwest is one of the most picturesque regions in the entire U.S.A. You'll find stunning architecture like Seattle's iconic Space Needle and lush parks and gardens because of the area's prolific rainfall.
Settings like Mount Rainier, the San Juans and the North Cascades offer some of Mother Nature's most diverse, stunnihgly beautiful handiwork.
THE SEATTLE SKYLINE ~ This image of Seattle's waterfront is a famous one. Many of you may recall the heartwarming scene from the beloved 1993 film, "Sleepless in Seattle," starring Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Rita Wilson and Rob Reiner that pictures Tom Hanks playing with his son on Alki Beach.
Beloved Alki Beach is a short drive south of Seattle's Downtown District and City Center. This huge sandy strip is a bustling hub of activity and fun when the rain gives way to sunny Summer.
When my husband Doug and were living in this corner of the Pacific Northwest, we occasionally spent evenings with dear friends Dave Shelledy and his buddy Ross in their waterfront home in Alki overlooking this breathtaking view. Lots of wonderful memories there!!
ENJOY THIS HAPPY SUN-FILLED SEASON!
FOUR REGIONAL GROUPS
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. NOTE ~ I've also completed dozens of sketches for clients ~ some on my Commission page, plus a handful of others at the foot of this and the Spokane page.
NEW ARTWORK, MY CREATIVE PROCESS, ENTIRE COLLECTIONS PDFS, AND "THE BIG LIST"
SEATTLE ~ UNIQUE SUBJECTS, PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN THESE NEIGHBORHOODS ~ BALLARD, CAPITOL HILL, LESCHI, MAGNOLIA, PIONEER SQUARE, PORTAGE BAY, QUEEN ANNE, THE UNIVERSITY DISTRICT, WALLINGFORD AND MORE
The Entire Seattle Collection pdf ~ Click on the 3-page pdf to see and learn about all 15 paintings in the "Seattle" collection. NOTE ~ Some views are details of larger paintings.
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 (Seafair.com) Festival been going on for decades in King County. During the 30+ years when I was living in the area, I remember the Summer months being dotted with Seafair events like parades ~ one just for children in Ballard and the Grand Rorch Light Parade downtown. Seattle also hosted flaming milk carton races on Lake Union, the arrival of the Seafair Pirates on Alki Beach, and the coronation of the festival’s queen from the local high school princesses.
But the apex of Seafair for most revelers has always been the thundering roar of the Blue Angels flying in formation above Lake Washington. For the first dozen or so years of our marriage, Doug and I joined pals on the shoreline, in the "Race Pits," on boats and at house parties overlooking the lake, reveling in the fun of “Hydro Race Day Sunday.”
In 1999, Doug and I were on Lake Washington in our vintage Sea Ray watching the Blue Angels, when a vintage wood cabin cruiser pulled up beside us. Sparkling and Immaculate in every detail, I snapped a photo of it which resulted in this portrait ~ with the jets in the sky above, of course!
Highlight ~ 1999 marked the 50th year of Seafair ~ the year I painted this piece.
EASTSIDE COMMUNITIES ~ PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, HISTORIC SETTINGS AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN THESE COMMUNITIES ~ BELLEVUE, CLYDE HILL, ISSAQUAH, KIRKLAND, LAKE HILLS, MEDINA, NORTH BEND, REDMOND, SAMMAMISH, SNOHOMISH, SNOQUALMIE & WOODINVILLE
BELLEVUE, MEDINA AND LAKE HILLS ~ SETTINGS IN NEIGHBORHOODS NEAR LAKE WASHINGTON, SOME WITH WATERFRONT PROPERTIES
"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 and sunbathers. Thus the theme of this artwork featuring my husband Doug, niece Kelly and nephew Michael about to enjoy a picnic overlooking Lake Washington.
Highlight ~ Microsoft’s Bill Gates’ primary residence was built nearby on the shoreline of Lake Washington just north of the old ferry terminal building.
"MAKIN' SHORTCAKE AT THE MCDOWELLL 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 hosted Bellevue’s annual Strawberry Festival.
Highlight ~ In 2005, this festival was held at the McDowell House, thus the good-eatin’-dessert theme of this painting picturing several EHC volunteers, Lisa James, my husband Doug, and niece and nephew, Kelly and Michael Barton. The event inspired this painting.
KIRKLAND, YARROW POINT AND CLYDE HILL ~ COMMUNITIES NORTH OF BELLEVUE AND MEDINA, SOME ON THE WATERFRONT OF LAKE WASHINGTON
“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 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 Summer.
“PLANTING PETUNIAS AT THE PETER KIRK BUILDING" (KIRKLAND, WA • PAINTED MAY 2007 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This magnificent Peter Kirk Victorian brick building constructed in the ornate Romanesque Revival Style, was built near the shoreline of Lake Washington in 1889 by entrepreneur, Peter Kirk, on the corner of Market Street and Seventh in a neighborhood known at the time as Picadilly.
Although the financial upheaval of 1893 had a huge negative impact on Peter Kirk’s grand business plans, he stayed in the area and remained very active in this Lake Washington community. Several years later, Kirk moved to the San Juan Islands where he retired, passing away 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.
Highlight ~ Listed on the National Historic Register in 1973, the historic Peter Kirk Building went on to house the beloved very active Kirkland Arts Center (KirklandArtsCenter.org).
REDMOND, WOODINVILLE AND SAMMAMISH ~ PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, HISTORIC SETTINGS, "HOME SWEET HOMES," WOODINVILLE'S "WINE COUNTRY" AND MORE
"WEDDING AT THE WOODSIDE HOUSE" (REDMOND, WA • PAINTED JULY 2005 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
When I painted this pretty wedding-themed piece, this Dutch Colonial was serving Redmond as Carolyn Miglino’s delightful “Rosetree Cottage” boutique.
The home was originally built in 1925 by Dr. and Mrs. James H. Woodside on the corner of NE 83rd Street and 164th Avenue NE. Veterinarian Woodside made house calls to local farmers. Before the days of telephones, he was reached for emergencies at Hotel Redmond (Justice White House).
Active in civic affairs, Woodside ran for (but lost) a seat on the first Redmond Town Council in 1913. Upon his death, another veterinarian bought the house, ultimately selling it to the Swensons (Redmond Elementary School principal). The Swensons lived in it several decades, creating lush, colorful gardens around the residence.
Highlight ~ When the future of the house was threatened in 2000, Carolyn Miglino vacated her space in the Stone House rescued it by having it moved to another nearby lot and re-opened the pretty two-story as her gift shop.
This pretty, shingle-construction two-story residence was built in the early 1900s as a cozy casual Summer getaway for the D.C. Stimson family.
The Stimson's spent most of their time at a sprawling Spanish-influenced mansion in the exclusive Highlands neighborhood near Seattle Golf Club, so this was a much simpler cottage where everyone in the family could let their hair down, relax and enjoy country life during the warmer months.
Lumber merchant Stimson also generously contributed to the construction of the nearby historic brick landmark, still standing as the Hollywood Schoolhouse. The old schoolhouse became an event center and also housed a couple of tasting rooms as Woodinville later became a wine-lovers destination.
The property on which the home sat was later sold to develop the world famous Ste. Michelle Winery (Ste-MIchelle.com) ~ and this friendly two-story residence became part of that business. Surrounded by colorful gardens and lily pad-laden ponds, its front lawn has been an ideal setting for picnickers on sunny days ever since.
Highlight ~ The brand Stimson Cellars (StimsonLane.com) was introduced a few years ago and the labels on the bottles features a pen & ink sketch of this lovely home.
ISSAQUAH, NORTH BEND & SNOQUALMIE ~ SNOQUALMIE FALLS, THE SALISH LODGE & SPA, THE VINTAGE RAILWAY STATION AND "HOME SWEET HOMES"
"EXPLORING SNOQUALMIE FALLS" (SNOQUALMIE, WA • OCTOBER 2001 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Snoqualmie Falls 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 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.
When I painted this portrait of the falls, the setting had two gift shops (one on the main foor of the handsome lodge (SalishLodge.MyShopify.com) and the other at the top of the hiking trail that took folks down a steep hillside 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.
Highlight ~ This setting was incorporated into Tim Burton’s dark campy "Twin Peaks" television series.
"SIGHTSEEING AT THE SNOQUALMIE DEPOT" (ISSAQUAH, WA • MARCH 2001 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Built in the picturesque little community of Snoqualmie not far from the world famous Salish Lodge & Spa, the beautifully detailed Victorian-style Snoqualmie Depot housed both a small railway museum (TrainMuseum.org), gift shop and of course, the ticket office for folks who loved to ride the vintage trains around the beautiful forested countryside surrounding Snoqualmie Falls.
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.
NORTH PUGET SOUND ~ PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, HISTORIC SETTINGS AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN THESE COMMUNITIES ~ ANACORTES, EDMONDS, EVERETT, KENMORE, 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 and learn about all 13 paintings in the "North Puget Sound" collection. NOTE ~ Some views are details of larger paintings.
NEW! "HAPPY HIDEAWAY ON CAT WHISKER LANE" (KENMORE, WA • PAINTED JUNE 2022 ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
I created this special portrait to honor my little sister Marilee’s milestone birthday in 2022. It pictured her beautiful back yard at the cozy Kenmore home she and her sweetheart Ron had shared together for six years when I finished this piece.
Gardening has always been Marilee’s gift and most passionate pursuit ~ as evidenced by all the creativity captured here. Dozens of blossoms in pots and flower beds frame their friendly back deck (which had just received a fresh coat of robin’s-egg blue-paint) and tulip-shuttered garden cottage in the background.
The scene pictured the couple about to welcome friends for a fun evening ~ Ron carrying wood for a back yard fire and Marilee’s arms filled with tulips for decorating her table.
Highlight ~ Fittingly, I included dogs Miko and Birdy, and kitty Peek-a-boo in this painting, as this pet-loving couple lived just off Cat Whisker Lane.
"CRUSING LA CONNER IN JUST-A-TUG" (LA CONNER, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2009 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. They were enchanted with my little paintings ~ and decided to choose me as their artists to memorialize their very unique Summer "home."
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) (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).
SNOHOMISH ~ PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN THIS REMARKABLE COMMUNITY KNOWN FOR ITS HISTORIC DISTRICT LOADED WITH BUNGALOWS, CRAFTSMAN COTTAGES, FOURSQUARES AND VICTORIANS ~ PLUS ONE CONVERTED CHURCH
"INDEPENDENCE INN (MATT ALBERT HOUSE)" (SNOHOMISH, WA •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 of several calendars, 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 completely true!!
Highlight ~ This festive 4th of July picnic scene pictured our son Matt, his wife Heidi and me watching Grandpa Doug (G-Dub) as he was nicknamed) playfully tossing granddaughter Addison Lee into the air when she was just a toddler.
"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 Queen Anne-style architecture when I discovered the 2-1/2story in the early 1900s, surprisingly, there was no evidence that it have been ever registered as one of Snohomish’s historic homes.
At the time I painted its portrait, this clapboard beauty was pristine white with a blue roof as pictured in this artwork. Its wood siding and decorative "gingerbread" detailing really made it stand out on the corner lot that bordered the community's historic district on the northeast side. Because it was "off the beaten path," I stumbled upon it by chance, but found it to be so beautiful that I added it to my collection of Snohomish vintage home portraits.
I gave the piece a B&B theme even though it was a single-family dwelling at the time I completed the artwork. I added several whimsical birdhouses and lots of blossom-filled gardens to complement the grounds around the home. I pictured my husband Doug relaxing on its expansive wrap-around porch, reading his newspaper in a large comfy wicker chair. I'm shown carrying an al fresco breakfast on a tray for both of us to enjoy on the pretty morning.
Highlight ~ This pretty painting was featured for years in my booth at the September Snohomish Tour of Historic Homes.
SOUTHERN AND WESTERN PUGET SOUND ~ PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, HISTORIC SETTINGS AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN THESE COMMUNITIES ~ BREMERTON, LAKEWOOD, NISQUALLY, NORMANDY PARK, OLYMPIA , PORT ORCHARD, SEAHURST AND MORE
Entire South and West Puget Sound Collection pdf ~ Click on this three-page pdf to see and learn about all 12 paintings in the "South and West Purget Sound" collection.
"ENCHANTING ENGLISH THORNEWOOD CASTLE" (AMERICAN LAKE, TACOMA, 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 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 rasked me to paint her into the piece as a youngster of about 10 years of age 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!
PORT TOWNSEND ~ PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, HISTORIC SETTINGS AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN THIS SEASIDE COMMUNITY WITH AN AVID HISTORIC DISTRICT FILLED WITH BUNGALOWS, CRAFTSMAN COTTAGES, FOURSQUARES, SALT-BOXES, VICTORIANS AND MORE
"PUTTERING AT THE PEACH HOUSE" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED JULY 2006 ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
This two-story peach Victorian frame house with white trim was one of the prettiest cottages that I found in Port Townsend’s historic district. I took a bit of poetic license with the Puget Sound background here as the house was located in a neighborhood.
An hour or so drive west of Seattle, Port Townsend destination has always been famous for its charming framed houses ~ from modest cottages to several story mansions. PT’s Tour of Historic Homes has always been legendary, along with music festivals, art fairs and more during the Summer months.
This painting was my second effort at painting the cottage ~ the first one, “Apple Pickin’ at the Peach House” (not included yet on this flyer) was completed decades ago in 1978.
Highlight ~ I pictured my husband Doug puttering around the front yard in this piece ~ watering the flowers while I worked on a painting.
"MANRESA CASTLE IN MAY" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2010 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8 8X10~INCH)
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.
ISLANDS IN THE PUGET SOUND ~ PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, HISTORIC SETTINGS AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN THE PUGET SOUND ISLANDS ~ BAINBRIDGE, VASHON, WHIDBEY AND THE SAN JUANS ~ INCLUDING NEARLY A DOZEN SCENES OF ROCHE HARBOR
"ROCHE HARBOR REVERIE" (ROCHE HARBOR, SAN JUAN ISLAND, WA • PAINTED 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 ~ During the Summer months, the resort became a hub of happy activity. For decades on the 4th of July, revelers crowded the restaurant’s decks and dining room to enjoy the harbor view ~ feasting on delicious fare and watching the annual Independence Day games on the shoreline below. Log rolling, anyone?
"MORNING WALK AT ROCHE” (ROCHE HARBOR, SAN JUAN ISLAND, WA • AUGUST 2000 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
Summer mornings at Roche Harbor have always been perfect time for a peaceful walk on the docks, board-walk, brick pathways ~ and especially through the gardens that flourished throughout this destination. I painted the retired John McMillin kiln factory building and filled it with waving flags from the U.S.A. and Canada as the harbor was very near the Canadian border and a port of entry.
When the Neil Tarte family purchased the property from John McMilliin’s son Paul after his entrepreneurial father, they began developing it into a destination resort and marina, keeping the turn-of-the-century feel. They converted the residences, worker cabins, lime kiln factory building and other outbuildings into restaurants, shops and lodging ~ keeping the little church for weddings.
Decades after the Tarte’s original development, it was purchased by investors who added other retail buildings and cottages that blended with his original theme.
When I painted the Lime Kiln Building, it had a green grocer on the east side of the first floor and a breakfast café on the west end. The second floor was filled with boutiques to entice vacationers looking for mementos of their vacation.
Highlight ~ My nephew Michael Barton married his sweetheart Mikaila Gawryn in this garden in August 2013.
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