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 BELOVED SATURDAY PUBLIC MARKET ~ This well-known setting on Seattle's waterfront is a famous one.

Some of you may recall this setting from the heart-warming 1993 film, "Sleepless in Seattle," where Tom Hanks and Rob Reiner walked down the hill towards this very corner, discussing the pitfalls of modern dating.

This photo faces the main entrance of the market. It is a bustling hub of activity during THE HOLIDAYS. When my husband Doug and were living in this corner of the Pacific Northwest, we often spent Saturday afternoon prowling around this mecca for shoppers. It was the best place ever to purchase seasonal bouquets, fresh fruits, veggies and fish, of course. They FLY at the market!

 

THE HOLIDAYS 2018 ~ 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.

 

NEW ARTWORK, GROUP PDFS &"THE BIG LIST"

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SEATTLE (BALLARD, CAPITOL HILL, LESCHI, MAGNOLIA, PIONEER SQUARE, PORTAGE BAY, QUEEN ANNE, VIEW RIDGE AND WALLINGFORD)

Entire Seattle Collection pdf ~ Click on the 3-page pdf to see all 14 paintings. NOTE ~ Some views are details of larger paintings.

"MERRYMAKING WITH MARY BETH'S FAMILY" (CAPITOL HILL, SEATTLE, WA. • PAINTED DECEMBER 1994• ACRYLIC• 8X104-INCH)

This painting was an alteration of a portrait I created of this brick two-story Federal-style mansion. The beautiful residence overlooked Lake Washington from the west side of Capitol Hill near Volunteer Park.

My sister Marilee, who was employed with owner Mary Beth Ballantyne at Seattle's Fredrick & Nelson Department Store, shared the original artwork with her friend one day at work. The first painting pictured Mary Beth in front of her house welcoming my sister, friend Mary Zimbawa and me for a breakfast get-together she hosted every holiday season. That December 1994, Mary Beth’s residence was so covered with tiny white fairy lights that it was visible for nearly a half-mile.

When Mary Beth saw my painting, she commissioned me to alter it into a "family" piece ~ adding her entire sons, daughters, in-laws, spouses and pets. We then created holiday cards with this heartfelt family portrait on the cover.

Highlight ~ My sister still keeps in touch with her wonderful friend Mary Beth even though it's been decades since those Frederick & Nelson days ~ lots of good memories too numerous to count.

"PIONEER SQUARE PERGOLA" (DOWNTOWN SEATTLE, WA • PAINTED OCTOBER 2002 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Seattle’s pergola was designed to be the focal point of downtown Seattle's Pioneer Square (PioneerSquare.org). In early 2001, a large delivery truck accidentally clipped the 91-year-old structure, pulling the ornate cast-iron structure to the ground.

A team of fine craftsmen restored this beloved landmark, finishing the project in record time just a year later. Folks of all ages were just delighted. Pioneer Square has always been a beloved downtown destination ~ especially during the holiday season when tiny white fairy lights sparkled everywhere.

Highlight ~ I pictured my visiting teenage niece Kelly Barton taking a break from shopping with high school chums Lauren, Bonnie and Katie. Remarkably, several years later, Bonnie's father went on to our contractor when we purchased and restored our vintage bungalow in Eastern Washington.

"AUTUMN AT THE ACADEMY THROUGH THE YEARS" (CAPITOL HILL, SEATTLE, WA. • PAINTED MARCH 1996 • ACRYLIC• 11X14-INCH)

In 1880, Holy Names Academy (HolyNames-Sea.org.) was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, under the guidance of Mother Marie Rose Durocher.

In 1859,the sisters came to Oregon, and about 20 years later established a school (23 to start) in Seattle at Second & Seneca Streets. As the city and student body grew, the school relocated ~ finally settling at its current Capitol Hill site. Albert Beitung designed the handsome structure in the neo-classical style, and in 1906, under the leadership of Sister Mary Leontine, ground was broken. Bishop Edward J. O’Dea presided as the cornerstone was laid in 1907 and the building dedicated in 1908.

Originally housing 12 grades and a Normal School, the Academy has grown, met challenges and adapted to the changing world. Today’s Holy Names Academy offers an up-to-date college-prep curriculum, while grounding students in the values that have ensured its success for decades.

Highlight ~ This piece pictures staff and classmates from three generations: (L-R) 1930s (frocks), 1950s (jumpers), and 1970s (skirts & blazers). The 1970s group includes guests from Spokane’s HNA ~ thus the two different skirts.

"THE STATELY STIMSON-GREEN MANSION" (CAPITOL HILL, SEATTLE, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 2002 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

The Stimson-Green mansion (StimsonGreen.com) was designed for D.C. Stimson, a wealthy Seattle lumber merchant, in1901 by Spokane architect Kirtland K. Cutter.

Built for $30,000 with an additional $16,000 set aside for furnishings, Stimson tolerated the inconvenience of the 300-mile distance between Seattle and Spokane to use Cutter, because he was the architect he most preferred. Constructed in the classic Tudor, half-timbered style, this home is almost identical to the Amasa Campbell House in Spokane, but Cutter flipped the floor plans to take advantage of the Capitol Hill view.

When Seattle became more crowded, Stimson relocated to the exclusive Highlands neighborhood, where Cutter designed a residence on a much grander scale for the family. The Joshua Green family then moved into this home. Decades later, the mansion was restored and offered to the public as a special event center.

Highlight ~ 1999 marked the 50th year of the Seafair festival ~ the year I painted this piece.

 

Entire Eastside Collection pdf ~ Click on the 11-page pdf to see all 55 paintings.

BELLEVUE, MEDINA & LAKE HILLS (VINTAGE AND CONTEMPORARY RESIDENCES PLUS HISTORIC COMMUNITY BUILDINGS)

"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.

Part of the Eastside Heritage Center (EastsideHeritageCenter.org), this Mission Revival-style structure was carefully restored several years ago. 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.

"MEDINA NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET" (MEDINA, WASHINGTON • PAINTED MAY 2001 • 8X10-INCH)

This charming corner grocery was known for decades as the “penny candy store” for the lakeside community of Medina, Washington.

At the time I painted this piece, the little store had an uncertain future, as rumor had it that the familiar little “landmark” might be demolished as the lot it was sitting on was so valuable.

Recently on a visit to the area, I drove through Medina and saw that the building had had a great deal of repair work done and was open again for business.

In 2001, when I began the portrait of it, the market has just closed its doors, but retained the casual coziness of days gone by. This little store always held lots of memories for the youngsters who grew up within walking distance of it in the 1950s and 1960s

"HOUSE FOR ALL SEASONS" (MEDINA, WASHINGTON • PAINTED DECEMBER 2007 • 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 one Adirondack chair labeled “Republican” and one “Democrat” at the end of the dock.

"THE HOLLAND HOUSE IN BLOOM" (LAKE HILLS, BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON • PAINTED AUGUST 2012 • 8X10-INCH)

This charming garden-themed piece was created for my dear friend Penny Carleton Holland.

Although the brick-embellished home and grounds were modest compared to some of the more elaborate homes in the area, the flowers really brought it to life in the Spring and Summer.

This fine artwork pictured the entire Holland family working on their grounds on a gorgeous, sunny day. Their pets were in the act, as well!

The portrait of this 1960s-style cottage was a great deal of fun to complete as Penny and I rekindled a friendship we started in the 1980s.

Highlight ~ Penny and I have stayed in touch over the years since working together in the 1970s and 1980s. She spent much of her spare time in 2011 helping me at art fairs and other creative holiday events. This special painting was a reward for all her hard work!

 

 

KIRKLAND, YARROW POINT & CLYDE HILL (ICONIC BUSINESS BUILDINGS AND REMARKABLE RESIDENCES)

“THE STARRY NIGHT” (KIRKLAND, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 1999 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

The couple who owned this handsome contemporary two-story home commissioned a portrait of in Autumn, in the month of October 1999.

Their residence was located in a small, secluded neighborhood above a lush, wetland filled hillside overlooking Yarrow Bay. Several majestic eagles and other wildlife made their home there, as did a handful of lucky families ~ and the view for everyone was truly incredible.

This artwork was an adaptation of initial portrait I created for the couple who owned it, this one showing substantial alterations for use as cover artwork for invitations I created for their intimate wedding-at-home on New Year’s Eve.

Highlight ~ After their evening ceremony, the bride and groom gathered their guests on the front grounds of their home and shot off a huge display of fireworks to honor not only the beginning of the new year, but athe beginning of the their married life together at this lovely setting.

“TARTAN AT THE TOLLEFSONS” (YARROW POINT, KIRKAND, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 2008 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This charming vintage Craftsman-style home was built in the picturesque Yarrow Point neighborhood on the east shore of Lake Washington.

It was one of the original cottages constructed on the lake when it was largely a summer vacation area for folks living in the Seattle area. The Tollefson family worked diligently to authentically restore it and created a comfortable gracious feel throughout both floors of their home.

The holiday-themed artwork featured here was a reworking of a commission I completed for the family in 1999. In this painting, the Tollefsons decorated it festively for Christmastime with tartan ribbons, lights, candles and evergreens. Daughters Thea and Clara were perched on the porch railing while their beloved pet black labrador welcomed family and friends arriving to celebrate the holidays.

Highlight ~ This altered piece was used to create Christmas cards for the family to send to friends and clients.

“THE STECKART'S HOLIDAY HOUSE” (KIRKLAND, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 1999 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 11X14-INCH)

After receiving commissions for three lovely upscale homes in this small tight-knit neighborhood, the Steckart family approached me to create a portrait of their Craftsman-style rambling bungalow with a peek-a-boo view of Lake Washington’s Yarrow Bay.

I painted the original artwork for them with an autumn theme as their home was surrounded by brilliantly colored leafy trees of all sizes and types

A month or so later, the couple asked me to alter a print to serve as artwork for their Christmas cards that year, so I added an holly wreath on their front door, a huge decorated Christmas tree shining in their living room window and dozens of colorful lights on shrubs in the Steckart’s front yard.

Highlight ~ The couple was pictured in the foreground of the scene in festive holiday sweaters, waiting to greet arriving guests at their holiday open house.

“BOWERS OF FLOWERS AT THE BUOICCHI'S” (KIRKLAND, WA • PAINTED JULY 1999 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 11X14-INCH)

Bowers of Flowers at the Buiocchi’s
JUNE 1999 ~ KIRKLAND, WASHINGTON

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 the warmer months, 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)

"WINTER AT WUTHERWOOD" (SAMMAMISH, WASHINGTON • PAINTED OCTOBER 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Winter at Wutherwood
DECEMBER 2009 ~ SAMMAMISH, WASHINGTON

This wintery scene pictured a cozy one-story rambler tucked away in one of the few rural pockets left in the community of Sammamish, Washington. Later completely developed into dozens of upscale neighborhoods, at the time I was commissioned to paint this artwork, the property was still surrounded by acres of meadows and wooded forests.

I pictured owners Wendy and John Scannell in the foreground of this wintery scene joined by their considerable collection of beloved pets ~ some sporting colorful jingle-bell collars. Note the kittycats perched on windowsills.

This was a traditional winter wonderland scene at "Wutherwood" on a starlit Christmas Eve ~ complete with a festive red-scarved snowman to welcome guests at the front gate.

Highlight ~ What inspired this commission piece was the Scannell’s purchase of my holiday art of Mary Beth Ballantyne’s Capitol Hill mansion dressed in Christmas splendor.

"GINGERBREAD BOYS AT BILL BROWN'S" (REDMOND, WA • PAINTED JULY 2013 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

William “Bill” Brown was one of Redmond’s most popular, longest serving mayors (1919 through 1948). After Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates, he is probably the figure who exerted the most influence over this Eastside community.

Among his many business interests in the small logging and mining community, he built a large square brick building in the center of downtown which housed a bar, sofa fountain, barber shop and mortuary on the main level and a dance hall on the second floor with cells for “ladies of the evening” all along the south side of it. Being far removed from the Seattle area allowed Brown to run "his town" town as he saw fit.

From 1924 to 1932 he also served as King County Commissioner. In 1916, Brown married Laura Duffy and built this charming craftsman-style cottage for the couple. In later years, the cottage went on to house a number of small businesses ~ from a hugely popular café to a candy company.

Highlight ~ Even though this little shingle bungalow has worn many hats, its interior has retained much of the warm cozy feeling it had when first constructed.

"GATHERING AT THE GRANGE" (HAPPY VALLEY, REDMOND, WASHINGTON • PAINTED OCTOBER 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

I completed this portrait of #322 Happy Valley Grange in honor of its 100th birthday in 2009. Founded in 1909, the clapboard structure was built in the rural pocket of small farms in Happy Valley just east of Redmond.

The grange had just been given a “sprucing up” inside and out when I painted the evening mid-winter scene. It shows me and fellow artists, potters and other creators unloading our work for a holiday arts & crafts fair.

The grange was the ideal setting for this event as it was adjacent to a bustling farm that catered to the neighborhood on the hill above. Two artists created the friendly snowman who kept us company that chilly winter night.

I pictured myself with creative pal Robin Westbrook and sister Marlee carrying crates of our artwork and craft items to set up for the Annual Holiday Bazaar that was hosted by the Grange in the early 2000s. It was a wonderful cozy venue located next door to the Serres Family Christmas Tree Farm.

Highlight ~ One of Hollywood's most famous and accomplished Oscar winning actors spent his youth growing up on a small farm in Happy Valley. Gary Cooper lived in the area with his family during the Great Depression years until his the Coopes were able to move to Montana.

"AUTUMN AT THE COLUMBIA WINERY" (WOODINVILLE, WA • PAINTED MAY 2001 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Over the past couple of decades, more and more fine wineries have made the small, charming community of Woodinville their home. At one point, this small rural community adopted the name and marketed itself as “Woodinville Wine Counry.”

Popular Columbia Winery (ColumbiaWinery.com) made this attractive Victorian-style “Carpenters’ Gothic-style” structure their headquarters for several decades and was one of the first to settle in Woodinville. Founded in 1962, it was known for producing delicious award-winning wines at very affordable prices, offering tours of its facility that culminated at its well-stocked wine and gift shop.

Highlight ~ In the early 2000s, Columbia Winery was the destination of the popular tourist attraction, the Dinner Train, which ran along the tracks from Renton to Woodinville, serving fine cuisine to its patrons on the trip back.

 

 

ISSAQUAH, NORTH BEND & SNOQUALMIE (SNOQUALMIE FALLS, THE LODGE, RAILWAY STATION AND HANDSOME RURAL RESIDENCES)

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!

"SUNSET AT THE SALISH LODGE & SPA" (SNOQUALMIE, WA • PAINTED JUNE 2001 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Located near North Bend in the town of Snoqualmie, the Salish Lodge & Spa (SalishLodge.com) was built on the cliff next to thundering Snoqualmie Falls several decades ago.

Famous for romantic weekends and sumptuous meals in its dining room with picture windows overlooking the falls, the shingle-style lodge has provided gracious hospitality and a very pampered stay to its lucky guests for years.

The Salish Country Store just off the lobby offered discerning shoppers delightful, clever gift ideas ~ perfect for guests hoping to purchase a memento of their stay at this iconic setting. Not only could sightseers enjoy the view of Snoqualmie Falls from lodge level, the outdoor pathway through the forest allowed folks to hike down to the base of the spectacular falls ~ a majestic sight!

Highlight ~ Director Tim Burton’s dark, quirky “Twin Peaks” television series used this lodge as the backdrop for its 1990-1991 run.

"MOUNT SI MARVEL" (NORTH BEND, WA • PAINTED MARCH 1998 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 11X14-INCH)

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.

"SIGHTSEEING AT THE SNOQUALMIE DEPOT" (SNOQUALMIE, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2001 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

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!

"Exploring Snoqualmie Falls (Detail)" (SNOQUALMIE, WA • PAINTED OCTOBER 2001 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

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.

Highlight ~This was another setting incorporated by Tim Burton into his "Twin Peaks" television series.

"SIGHTSEEING AT THE SNOQUALMIE DEPOT" (SNOQUALMIE, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2001 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

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!

"MOUNT SI MARVEL" (NORTH BEND, WA • PAINTED MARCH 1998 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 11X14-INCH)

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.

"AUTUMN AT THE ARTISTREE" (MOUNT VERNON, 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.

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. New owners took the space in a different direction. I completed this portrait of the Artistree ~ picturing Dougie, me and the three James ~ as a special gift for them.

Highlight ~ I worked with Bob James for 14 years (1974 through 1988) at the old Bon Marche (1974 through 1988) in Store Planning & Signage.

"THANKSGIVING AFTERNOON AT ANACORTES" ~ (LA CONNER, WA • PAINTED JULY 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This ornate Victorian three-story mansion near the Puget Sound marina in Anacortes caught my eye as I was heading north for a weekend of boating on the “Honeybun” with good friends Dick and Gail Klein.

Anacortes has always enjoyed the fine reputation of being the “gateway” to the San Juan Islands for commercial ferries, yachts and other pleasure craft. It was also noted for having several neighborhoods of historic mansions created as ocean-view getaways for Seattle's wealthy.

Gail Clements Klein was the “tomato” of the beloved 1980s jazz trio BLT that entertained folks for over a decade in the Seattle area. I pictured her with husband Dick joined by band leader and jazz pianist Paul West with his family and bass player Lee Phelps and his wife Cheryl.

I pictured my sister Marilee, brother Bob and me in the left corner of the painting ~ joining the others for the traditional Thanksgiving feast.

Highlight ~ I gave framed prints of this painting to the Kleins, Wests and Phelps as Holiday gifts in 1994.

"LOLLIGAGING AT LAKE ROESGNER"~ LA CONNER, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 1994) • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This ornate Victorian three-story mansion near the Puget Sound marina in Anacortes caught my eye as I was heading north for a weekend of boating on the “Honeybun” with good friends Dick and Gail Klein.

Anacortes has always enjoyed the fine reputation of being the “gateway” to the San Juan Islands for commercial ferries, yachts and other pleasure craft. It was also noted for having several neighborhoods of historic mansions created as ocean-view getaways for Seattle's wealthy.

Gail Clements Klein was the “tomato” of the beloved 1980s jazz trio BLT that entertained folks for over a decade in the Seattle area. I pictured her with husband Dick joined by band leader and jazz pianist Paul West with his family and bass player Lee Phelps and his wife Cheryl.

I pictured my sister Marilee, brother Bob and me in the left corner of the painting ~ joining the others for the traditional Thanksgiving feast.

Highlight ~ I gave framed prints of this painting to the Kleins, Wests and Phelps as Holiday gifts in 1994.

"CRUSING LA CONNER IN JUST-A-TUGI" ~ (LA CONNER, WA • PAINTED JULY 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This ornate Victorian three-story mansion near the Puget Sound marina in Anacortes caught my eye as I was heading north for a weekend of boating on the “Honeybun” with good friends Dick and Gail Klein.

Anacortes has always enjoyed the fine reputation of being the “gateway” to the San Juan Islands for commercial ferries, yachts and other pleasure craft. It was also noted for having several neighborhoods of historic mansions created as ocean-view getaways for Seattle's wealthy.

Gail Clements Klein was the “tomato” of the beloved 1980s jazz trio BLT that entertained folks for over a decade in the Seattle area. I pictured her with husband Dick joined by band leader and jazz pianist Paul West with his family and bass player Lee Phelps and his wife Cheryl.

I pictured my sister Marilee, brother Bob and me in the left corner of the painting ~ joining the others for the traditional Thanksgiving feast.

Highlight ~ I gave framed prints of this painting to the Kleins, Wests and Phelps as Holiday gifts in 1994.

 

 

SNOHOMISH (THE HISTORIC DISTRICT'S VICTORIANS, FOURSQUARES, CRAFTSMANS AND COTTAGES ~ PLUS ONE CONVERTED CHURCH)

Entire Snohomish Collection pdf ~ Click on this 6-page pdf to see all 27 paintings.

"THE HAPPY HOLIDAY HOUSE (HARMON HOUSE)" ( SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 2008 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Built in 1890, this Queen Anne-style three-story home was built in the Snohomish historic district at 322 Avenue C.

When I took pictures of this home years before painting it, the Queen Anne-style home was forest green with white trim and had a matching scalloped fence surrounding it.

Later owners went on to give it a new color scheme of chocolate brown and yellow beige. They also replaced the wood fence with a wrought iron one.

Brimming over with Victorians of every size, shape and color, Snohomish has been a shoppers’ mecca for antiques and gifts for decades. It also had several cozy B&Bs and fine restaurants for the weekend visitors who frequented this Western Washington destination.

Highlight ~ This artwork featured my extended Simpson family gathering for the holidays.

"MAKING SNOWMEN AT THE MARKS HOUSE" (SNOHOMISH, WA • MAY 20091 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

It seems like in the past couple of years, we’ve had more snow than ever in the Pacific Northwest ~ thus the snowman theme for this wintery artwork.

When I saw this unique frame and basaltic rock cottage, it made me think of the cozy home of “Little Women” author, Louisa May Alcott, in Concord, Massachusetts. Themes of thick quilts, mugs of fireside steaming hot cocoa and kitties sleeping on the hearth came to mind as I created this painting.

Located at 304 Avenue D (a main thoroughfare through town) this Arts & Crafts two-story was a distinct departure from other homes in the historic district. Its dark brown shingles, siding and trim, stone masonry columns, chimney and steps, plus the imaginative tiny stained glass windows really made the place stand out among the ornate gingerbread-style Victorians.

Highlight ~ Our two sons purchased homes on the outskirts of Snohomish ~ always a good reason to visit our sweet grandkids and walk the Snohmish Historic District.

"FINE FALL FOURSQUARE" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2010 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This was a portrait I painted in the early 2000a of the historic Iverson House, a fine home which was built in 1908 at 312 Avenue D. The three-story shingle construction residence in the historic district of Snohomish was a perfect, classic example of foursquare architectural styling.

This three-story residence was beautifully detailed with leaded glass windows and further enhanced by its handsome brick chimneys and columns flanking the front porch steps. The front yard was framed by a handsome wrought-iron fence with brick columns that matched those on the steps.

This pretty place was clearly loved by its owners as every room of the house and the surrounding grounds were in immaculate shape. Even the foliage framing the Foursquare was crisply clipped into perfect shape.

Highlight ~ I've always love this house, so when the leaves began changing colors, I started my piece, embellishing it with pumpkins perched all around the place.

"HANDSOME HANSEN HOUSE)" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED MAY 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This three-story residence with the half-timbered top floor gable and front porch was one of the most striking homes (both inside and out) in the historic district of Snohomish.

The exterior of the residence was enhanced with river-rock masonry at its entrance flanked by two large planters filled with brilliant colorful foliage.

When my sister Marilee and I toured the residence during the Holiday Season in 2009, it was imaginatively decorated with vintage music boxes and toys, an antique Christmas village and much more. It was enchanting! No one on the tour that year breezed through this home's main floor, as there was so much to see and marvel at.

The N.P. Hansen House was built in 1906 on a slightly sloping hillside at 1314 4th Street. Its lot was prominent just around the corner from Snohomish High School.

Highlight ~ A favorite with visitors, this mansion has been featured on the Snohomish Historical Society’s Holiday Homes Tour several times.

 

 

THE SOUTH END AND KITSAP COUNTY (BREMERTON, LAKEWOOD, NISQUALLY, NORMANDY PARK, OLYMPIA , PORT ORCHARD, SEAHURST AND MORE)

Entire South End/Kitsap County Collection pdf ~ Click on this 3-page pdf to see all 12 paintings.

"HAPPY HOLIDAYS AT THE STATE CAPITOL" (LEGISLATIVE BUILDING, OLYMPIA,, WA • PAINTED JULY 2014 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This was a portrait I painted of the signature Legislative Building in the State Capitol of Olympia, located just south of the Tacoma, Washington.

The artwork featured folks of many different ethnic backgrounds in front of the festively decorated historic site ~ all celebrating and singing Christmas carols together to honor the season.

This piece was completed just in time for Christmas 1997.

I gave a framed reproduction of this portrait of the Legislative Building to both Governor and Mrs. Gary Locke and Lt. Governor and Mrs. Brad Owens to thank them for all of their generous support in promoting local Washington artists.

Highlight ~ At the time this piece was finished, I had a large exhibition of two dozen paintings hanging throughout this historic, majestic setting.

"BILL & JORJA'S CHRISTMAS CAT" (BREMERTON, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This was a portrait of the charming brick Tudor that my brother Bill and his wife Jorja moved into as a young married couple after outgrowing their four-room tiny frame cottage in Bremerton.

This exceptionally pretty home was blessed with a "cat slide" roof ~ very appropriate as the house always had a kitty or two ruling the roost.

The cottage was located one block west of the junior college and two blocks from an inlet in Bremerton. A huge cherry tree blossomed with frothy pink flowers every spring ~ quite an engaging sight!

This artwork pictured their giant Christmas tree sparkling in the living room window with white light garlands twinkling all around the first floor of the house. Their huge tiger cat Mitten was keeping watch for good ol’ Saint Nick from the dining room window as Bill and Jorja welcomed my husband Doug, me, Sally mom and sis Marilee with fiancé Ron on Christmas Eve.  

Highlight ~ This artwork was completed as a Christmas gift for the couple in 1992 and reworked in 2009 in honor of Bill’s milestone 50th birthday.

"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.

"STAN FOREMAN'S HOUSE AT SEAHURST" (SEAHURST, SOUTH PUGET SOUND, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 1993 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This home portrait was a painting that I was inspired to create as a special gift for my friend  Stan Foreman, an executive with Capitol Records who I met through my association with a music company in Seattle.

Stan lived in this handsome Mid-Century Modern home overlooking Puget Sound in a small upscale community near Seattle known as Seahurst.

Stan was great fun to spend time with. He was an avid golfer who introduced me to many of the best courses in Kitsap County as well as the challenging 18 holes at Ocean Shores. As a result of our friendship, Stan also helped me become a membership at Glen Acres Country Club.

Part of the vintage sixties “Beachcombers” band in addition to his career at Capitol Records, music was a huge part of his life. Much of my collection was courtesy of his generosity.

Highlight ~ Stan had a soft spot for cats ~ and is pictured in this piece holding his holy terror of a black kitten, "Squeak," who never mewed ~ he just squeaked!

 

 

PORT TOWNSEND (THE HISTORIC DISTRICT'S VICTORIANS, FOURSQUARES, CRAFTSMANS AND COTTAGES)

Entire Port Townsend Collection pdf ~ Click on this 4-page pdf to see all 18 paintings.

"DECORATING THE G.W. DOWNS HOUSE" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED JULY 2006) • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

The George W. Downs House was an absolute Victorian Foursquare confection ~ the perfect setting for this painting celebrating this most festive time of year!

George Downs arrived in the harbor seaport town in 1881 and soon became a very successful Port Townsend’s lumber baron. He and his wife raised three daughters, Sarah, Cordelia and Cassandra in this handsome home.

The house was beautifully embellished with ornate stain glass windows ~ including a large one of Saint Gabriel from a Tacoma church. It also had a “widow’s walk” in the center of the roof that enjoyed a panoramic view of the harbor.

The mansion was altered slightly over the years, but by and large it retained its original grace, style and elegance. Highlight ~ one of the three daughters, Cassandra, lived in this residence well into the 1960s.

Highlight ~ I pictured my husband and me adding more holly to the festive decor on this beautiful place.

"HARVEST CELEBRATION AT THE J.B. HOGG HOUSE" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 2007 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 16X20-INCH)

This painting was a portrait that I painted of the J.B. Hogg House which I completed several years ago with a Thanksgiving theme.

The decorative two-story grey-shingled home has always been a beauty. Architectural touches like its unique front steps raiiling and trim have helped it stand out on the block. Port Townsend's historic district has been a special place to visit in this charming seaside community.

Each year, the Puget Sound community took great pride in hosting a well-attended tour of its beautiful landmark homes.

sCameras in hand, visitors arrived from all over the Pacific Northwest to wander the neighborhoods, explore the interiors and snap photos of the beautifully restored residences ~ something that is rarely allowed these days.

The perfect setting for a family feast, I pictured my husband Doug and me in the window enjoying a quick holiday hug before our guests arrive for a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings!

Highlight ~ Years ago, this uniquely beautiful cottage housed a number of retired Roman Catholic priests. The home's second floor porch was enclosed to create a sleeping area for the residents.

"MANRESA CASTLE IN MAY" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2010 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 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.

"COZY CONSULATE B&B" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2003 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 16X20-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 tending to pots of white geraniums on the wrap-around front porch while I encouragd him from the front picture window. My niece Kelly made the climb up to the third stroy of the Victorian's icon cupola to give Doug a quick friendly wave as well.

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.

 

ISLANDS IN THE PUGET SOUND (VASHON, WHIDBEY, BAINBRIDGE AND THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS ~ INCLUDING NEARLY A DOZEN SCENES OF ROCHE HARBOR)

Entire Islands Collection pdf ~ Click on this 4-page pdf to see all 17 paintings.

"PAUL'S PLACE AT ROCHE” (ROCHE HARBOR, THE SAN JUANS, WA • MAY 2007 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This Roche Harbor (RocheHarbor.com) garden scene pictured the residence where John McMillin's son Paul lived with his family during his tenure as manager of his father's business, the Roche Harbor Lime & Cement Company.

In 1930, John moved his three-story cottage from its location adjacent to the sunken garden up the nearby slope in order to take advantage of the breathtaking harbor view.

Workers accomplished this painstaking task inch-by-inch using cribs, jacks and other apparatus ~ quite an engineering accomplishment for the time.

Later when the house became part of the Roche Harbor Resort & Marina guests frequently booked the top floor of the home as their honeymoon suite after weddings celebrated in one of the resort gardens or Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel.

Highlight ~ My sister's son Michael and his lovely bride Mikaila honeymooned on the second floor of this this cottage after their marriage in the gardens below.

"ROARING FIRE AT ROCHE” (ROCHE HARBOR, THE SAN JUANS, WA • MAY 2014 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Christmastime at Roche Harbor ~ I pictured my husband and me with friends singing carols and toasting our backsides in front of the blazing fire.

When I visited Roche Harbor for the first time in 2000, the space in front of the fireplace was grass. A few summers ago, when my nephew Michael Barton was married there, this was paved into a large patio ~ thus a slight revision to update to update the original painting.

Decades ago, a huge stone fireplace was built by Roche Harbor founder John S. McMillin in what was once the banquet court adjacent to his Hotel dFrequently the setting for his sumptuous barbecues and banquets, he had the masonry inscribed with “Friendships fires are always burning.” The walkway leading from the hotel to the Roche Harbor pier bid his visitors adieu with the Scottish phrase, “God be wi’ ye till we meet again” ~ a fitting holiday greeting!

"THE OLD SCHOOL AT ROCHE” (ROCHE HARBOR, THE SAN JUANS, WA • JUNE 2004 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

In the early 1900s, Roche Harbor was a “company” town in the truest sense of the word.

John S. McMillin’s Roche Harbor Lime & Cement Company was located on remote San Juan Island in Puget Sound, so he built bunk houses for his single workers and one- and two-story cottages for the married ones, so that they could raise their families in the setting ~ and live near the factories and mines.

He also erected a church, general store and post office, and installed power, water and telephone systems. This red schoolhouse overlooked the harbor’s beach at the top of a grassy hill dotted with the little family cabins, welcoming the worker’s children with the promise of a decent education.

Highlight ~ When the setting became part of the Roche Harbor Resort, the cabins and schoolhouse were opened as accommodations for guests. When my newphew Michael Barton was married at this setting, many of us rented these charming little cottages overlooking the beach ~ including the vintage schoolhouse.

"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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