A BEAUTIFUL CORNER OF THE U.S.A. ~ Many in the greater Seattle area believe that the Pacific Northwest is one of the most picturesque regions in the entire United States. 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, stunnihgly beautiful handiwork.
SEATTLE'S FAMOUS PUBLIC MARKET ~ This setting on Seattle's beautiful waterfront is a famous one. Some of you may recall the scene from the favorite 1993 film, "Sleepless in Seattle," starring Tom Hands and Meg Ryan where Hanks and Rob Reiner walked down the hillside towards the Seattle Public Market, chatting about modern dating practices.
This photo of the market, a bustling hub of activity and fun in Autumn, pictures the iconic settting with an Indian Summer sky overhead.
When my husband Doug and were living in this corner of the Pacific Northwest, we often visited the market on Saturdays with out-of-town guests. It was a great place to buy seafood, farm-fresh veggies and fresh flowers for the evening meal. Everyone wanted to see the fresh catch being thrown back and forth ~ quite a site!
ENJOY THIS FUN GORGEOUS BRILLIANT SEASON!!
4 GROUPS IN THE "PUGET SOUND" COLLECTION
I've divided this collection into 4 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 ~ 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 images. NOTE ~ Some views are details of larger paintings.
"PIONEER SQUARE PERGOLA" (THE DOWNTOWN DISTRICT, 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 MARC H2010 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 FEBRUARY 2002 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The Stimson-Green mansion (StimsonGreen.com) was designed for D.C. Stimson, a wealthy Seattle lumber merchant, in 1901 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 that Stimson most preferred.
Constructed in the classic Tudor, half-timbered style, this home was almost identical to the Amasa Campbell House in Spokane, but Cutter flipped the floor plans to take advantage of Stimson's view of Puget Sound from Seattle's Capitol Hill.
As Seattle grew into a larger crowded city, Stimson made the decision to move his family to the exclusive gated Highlands neighborhood north of Seattle where Cutter designed an estate on a much grander scale. The Joshua Green family then made this handsome Tudor-Revival their home.
Highlight ~ Decades later, the mansion was carefully restored and re-opened to the public as a special event center. Several of my friends have been marries here.
"THE HUSKY HOUSE" (LESCHI, SEATTLE, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 1998 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 11X14-INCH)
I created this original painting for Margy and Scott Samuelson, owners of this charming brick Tudor cottage with an an unobstructed view of Lake Washington. The couple has enjoyed a love affair with the University of Washington Huskies. Note their purple and gold team flag blowing in the breeze.
They purchased the vintage lake cabin in Seattle's Leschi neighborhood years ago because of its rustic personality, which the couple worked hard to preserve. They kept the original stone fireplace, knotty-pine paneling and wagon wheel chandelier in their great room. Also original to the property were the stone pathways that crisscrossed the back yard and led to the large outdoor fireplace and Hansel-and-Gretel-style garden shed.
For decades, the couple hosted a holiday open house to kick off the parade of Christmas ships on the lake. Revelers walked the short two blocks from the house to toast themselves by the shoreline’s blazing fire and sing Christmas carols.
Highlight ~ This home was highighted in a 2016 summer issue of the Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine. Click on Pacific NW Magazine pdf to read, "New Arrangements for a Historic Garden."
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
"MEDINA NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET" (MEDINA, WA • PAINTED MAY 2001 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 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.
"CELEBRATING AT SACRED HEART CHURCH" (BELLEVUE, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2013 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Built in 1926 on Main Street in the heart of the Eastside community of Bellevue, this petite brick masonry Gothic structure served the Roman Catholic community as Sacred Heart Church for 30-plus years.
Early Bellevue pioneer and benefactor Noe Lanier donated the land for the site of the construction of this church. Remarkably, with all the business and residential growth in the burgeoning city’s downtown corridor, the structure was never demolished or moved from its original location.
The vintage Sacred Heart Church is the oldest remaining Roman Catholic Church structure in Bellevue, although it was converted into an office building when the new parish complex for the Sacred Heart was built a few miles west of this location on Clyde Hill.
Highlight ~ When I completed this painting, a wooden panel hid the structure’s once welcoming front entrance, but the simple beauty and charm of the church were still intact.
"HOUSE FOR ALL SEASONS" (MEDINA, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 2017 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10INCH)
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 Summer when boats cruised by, folks saw one Adirondack chair labeled “Republican” and one “Democrat” at the end of the dock.
"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 to many local historians as very few vintage 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.
KIRKLAND, YARROW POINT AND CLYDE HILL ~ COMMUNITIES NORTH OF BELLEVUE AND MEDINA, SOME ON THE WATERFRONT OF LAKE WASHINGTON
"AUTUMN AFTERNOON AT THE MCKEANS" (CLYDE HILL, BELLEVUE, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 1999 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Tucked away on a quiet cull de sac in the Clyde Hill neighborhood near Bellevue, this pretty yellow clapboard and brick cottage once belonged to Art and Jeannie McKean, good friends of my husband Doug for decades.
Doug and I attended an Autumn barbecue there after a friendly neighborhood golf tournament at Overlake Golf & Country Club to honor the passing of Tom Reed, a beloved golfing buddy of many of the members. Jeannie's imaginative sense of style made this a very hospitble inviting home ~ which inspired this friendly portrait.
In addition to being avid golfers, the McKeans were also diehard University of Washington Husky football fans. Note the purple and gold “Husky” flag on the left side of the house.
Highlight ~ Jeannie shared that she had babysat my Doug for 50¢ an hour years before when they were just a few years apart as a young teenager.
“STECKART SUNSHINY MORNING” (KIRKLAND, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 1999 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The Steckarts commissioned this home portrait after seeing several of their neighbors’ paintings that I had completed for folks who lived in this picturesque hillside overlooking Yarrow Bay from its western side.
The couple asked me to be sure and include their beautiful surrounding gardens which were frequently dappled with the shadows of the morning Autumn sun.
This handsome sprawling shingled residence enjoyed a peek-a-boo view of Lake Washington through a lush natural area populated by families of eagles and other wildlife.
Highlight ~ The couple was so happy with the painting that I finished for them that they commissioned an alteration of it with Christmas decorations, a huge glittering evergreen visible from the front window, and dozens of festive colored lights. Upon completion, the Steckarts had me create holiday cards for their annual mailing to friends and clients.
“PLANTING PETUNIAS AT THE PETER KIRK BUILDING” (KIRKAND, WA • PAINTED MAY 2007 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 9X12-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.
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).
“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. Sadly, deep into her 90s, she died in mid-2019. 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 cottage when Phyllis moved into assisted living ,it 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 above!
REDMOND, WOODINVILLE AND SAMMAMISH ~ PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, HISTORIC SETTINGS, "HOME SWEET HOMES," WOODINVILLE'S "WINE COUNTRY" AND MORE
"FLYING KITES AT THE CLISE MANSION" (REDMOND, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 2000 ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
This beautiful brick and half-timbered Tudor-style rambling residence on the grounds of Redmond’s Marymoor Park was once part of Willowmoor Farm. Not only was it used as the Clise family farmhouse, for a time it also served as their hunting lodge.
After the family left the property and it became part of the King County Parks Department, the building housed a thriving museum know as the Eastside Heritage Center. Looking for a way
to raise revenue, King County asked EHC to relocate to two historic structures in Bellevue, the Winters House and McDowell House. The park department polished the interior of the mansion and began renting the space for special events like weddings, receptions and other gatherings. The grounds west of the mansion also hosted concerts during Summer months for several years ~ allowing many to enjoy this remarkably beautiful setting. This scene featured children flying kites on an Autumn afternoon.
Highlight ~ when acclaimed Bellevue developer Kemper Freeman was a young boy, instead of turning out for school sports, he took a job at the farm helping out at the dairy. He shared that working there taught him the valuable lesson of how diligence and forward thinking could open doors to opportunity ~ a mindset that served him all his life.
"WALKING DOGS AT THE JUDGE WHITE HOUSE" (REDMOND, WA • PAINTE SEPTEMBER 2003 ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
William Henry White was known as “War Horse Bill” from his colorful experiences during the Civil War. White traveled to the Washington territory in the 1880s where he settled and was eventually appointed to the State Supreme Court.
White and his wife Emma opened the picturesque, hospitable Hotel Redmond in 1889 adjacent to the railroad tracks that ran through town ~ very convenient for folks traveling to the little community.
Although White died in 1914, his wife ran the hotel as a boarding house until the Great Depression forced her to close its doors and the place was lost to foreclosure.
Highlight ~ For quite a few years prior to the development of Redmond Town Center, this pretty Victorian three-story served as the clubhouse for the Redmond Golf Links before the nine-hole course was closed to make way for the shopping center.
"AUTUMN AT THE COLUMBIA WINERY" (WINE COUNTRY, 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. It became known and marketed as “Woodinville Wine Country.”
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 the well-stocked wine and gift shop.
Highlight ~ In the early 2000s, Columbia Winery was the destination of the very popular tourist attraction, the “Dinner Train,” which ran along the railroad tracks from Renton to Woodinville, serving delectable cuisine and fine wine, of course, to its guests on the trip back.
"HEYDAY AT THE HOLLYWOOD SCHOOLHOUSE" (WOODINVILLE, WA • PAINTED JANUARY 2011 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH
This two-story brick schoolhouse was constructed in 1912 with lumber donated by successful millionaire, Frederick Stimson.
As handsome as ever after 100+ years, it became part of Woodinville’s popular “Wine Country” district.
No longer a school when I finished this piece, it was hosting weddings and other special events. Alexandria Nicole Cellars tasting room opened in its cellar ~ a most appropriate spot!
Highlight ~ This was a revision of an earlier piece I completed in 2000 for Lt. Governor Brad Owen and Linda Owen’s “Children at Play” exhibit at the State Capitol’s Legislative Building picturing pretty flower-filled grounds, more of the school’s pleasing architectural details and young uniformed students enjoying recess in the fresh air.
ISSAQUAH, NORTH BEND & SNOQUALMIE ~ SNOQUALMIE FALLS, THE SALISH LODGE & SPA, THE VINTAGE RAILWAY STATION AND "HOME SWEET HOMES"
"AUTUMN AT HIGHLAND PARK" (ISSAQUAH, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 1994 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
When I first moved to the Seattle area in the mid-1970s, a woman I befriended while working in the graphics department at the then Bon Marche flagship store introduced me to a guy pal of hers named Dominic Viscardi.
Over the years spent in Western Washington, I connected and reconnected with Dom. When I took up golf in the very early 1990s, more often than not, weekends found us east of Seattle at Snoqualmie Falls and Tall Chief Falls Golf Courses.
During that time, Dom purchased this pretty brick Tudor in the Issaquah Highland neighborhood ~ quite a step up for him from his small modest condominium on lower Queen Anne Hill in Seattle.
This was a portrait Dom commissioned me to create to honor his lovely new Issaquah home. I’m pictured in the foreground of this seasonal piece with Dom and his roommates gathering multi-hued leaves on a gorgeous Autumn 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.
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.) 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.
Highlight ~ A favorite picnic destination, Snoqualmie Falls always inspired a sense of awe, especially when the snow started to melt and the river became swollen in Spring.
"THE LIEPINS' GARDEN GAZEBO" (ISSAQUAH, WA • APRIL 1999 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
I painted this pastoral setting to honor relatives of my sister-in-law Jorja Packard Simpson.
Zeke and Jessica Liepins 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 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 legendary 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 their friendly feast.
Highlight ~ For decades, the Liepins made their home and gardens available to brides and grooms for wedding celebrations.
"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 married and parents themselves) were pictured in the foreground surrounded with orange pumpkins, apple-filled ceramic crocks and shocks of grain.
NORTH PUGET SOUND ~ PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, HISTORIC SETTINGS AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN THESE COMMUNITIES ~ 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.
"DARLING DINOSAUR TRICK OR TREATING" (EDMONDS, WA • PAINTED OCTOBER 1984 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
This 1984 home portrait I painted of the Westbrook’s family rambler was a very special birthday gift I created for my longtime friend Robin. This inviting suburban home north of Seattle and minutes from Puget Sound has been Robin and Kent’s “bolt hole” for over 30 years.
Robin and I spent ten-plus years working together at the flagship Bon Marche Headquarters in Seattle’s Downtown District. We were part of the Store Planning Division ~ creating signage, department and promotional graphics for this huge Pacific Northwest retailer until it was ultimately purchased by the even more mammoth Macy’s Corporation.
Weddings, funerals, health challenges, birthdays and retirement parties ~ and of course, the birth of Robin and Kent’s only daughter Sarah Valentine (the darling dinosaur here), marked the decades as they’ve flew by.
Highlight ~ When Doug and I were wed in 2000, I asked Robin to be my matron of honor. Over the years, our friendship with this couple has deepened and ripened with age. How lucky we’ve been to have them in our lives!
"AUTUMN AT THE ARTISTREE" (COUNTRY VILLAGE BOTHELL, WASHINGTON • 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 from 1974 through 1988 (14 years) at the old Bon Marche flagship headquarters building on Third Avenue & Pine Street ~ an iconic structure taken over by Macy's and finally vacated in 2019.
"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).
"AUTUMN AFTERNOON AT ANACORTES" (ANACORTES, WA • PAINTEDJULY 1994 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This ornate Victorian two-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 who wanted scenic getaways.
Gail Clements Klein was the songstress “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, singer and 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 memory-filled painting to the Kleins, Wests and Phelps as Christmas gifts in 1994.
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
"SPOOKY STEVENS HOUSE" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 2012 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Built in 1887, the Stevens House has always been one of the most classic beauties in the center of Snohomish’s historic district.
Owner John F. Stevens was a famous engineer who worked for James J. Hill, CEO of the Great Northern Railroad. Known as “The Empire Builder,” Hill dominated his industry.
Stevens’ considerable accomplishments include building a thousand miles of railroad for the Stevens Pass Highway, including the original Cascade Tunnel. Stevens Pass was named for him, but he also discovered Marias Pass over the Continental Divide.
Later, with James Hill’s recommendation, Stevens was hired by President Theodore Roosevelt to finish the Panama Canal after the work there foundered, building the infrastructure necessary to complete that project. The Stevens House stands in the shade of two enormous trees in the front yard, presenting the perfect setting for this Halloween-themed painting.
"SUNFLOWERS IN SNOHOMISH" (SNOHOMISH,
WA • SEPTEMBER 2008 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Built in 1898 and located at 330 Avenue D, this charming columned home with its unusual two cupolas was once owned by Elhanon Blackman.
The Blackman family was very active in the thriving little community of Snohomish ~ and Elhanon held the position as the very first postmaster there.
With his other brother Alanson, Elhanon invented and patented a machine that manufactured shingles ~ a very popular new building material of the day. To advertise their new product, the brothers used it on Elhanon’s beautiful Victorian to highlight the lines of the home on the second floor.
Hyrcanus Blackman owned another very pretty residence in town (pictured in this group as well) which was carefully restored went on to house the Snohomish Museum decades later.
I’ve pictured my husband Doug and me amid lots of friendly sunflowers on a lovely Autumn afternoon.
"BLACKMAN HOUSE BEAUTY" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED MAY 2011) ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The Blackman family home in Snohomish was built in 1878 by Hyrcanus and Ella Blackman. He was one of three entrepreneurial brothers with extensive business and political interests in Snohomish County ~ including logging, mining, fruit growing, retail and more. Hyrcanus was chief of police, city legislator, mayor and served on the Snohomish School Board.
His wife Ella was accomplished as well as an amateur artist and fine embroiderer ~ her work was very much admired in the community.
The Blackman family lived here in this two-story cottage until 1970 when they sold it to the Snohomish Historical Society.
When I painted its portrait, the house was serving the community as the Blackman House Museum ~ restored and depicting Victorian life when the town was in its infancy. I pictured my sister Marilee and her fiancé Ron joining my husband Doug and me who were about to begin the Annual Tour of Historic Homes.
"PUSSYCATS & PUMPKINS (JORDAN HOUSE)" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED MAY 2009 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
On a walk one early November day in 2008, when I was shooting photos of prospective subjects for my Snohomish Collection, I met the owner of this pristine shingled two-story "salt box-style cottage.
He was busy tidying up the yard and gardens in the front of his home which his wife had embellished with a collection of bright orange pumpkins and other colorful, seasonal Autumn decorations.
He shared that, like so many other folks who make this picturesque community their home, they were true lovers of vintage architecture, and had relished the hours of careful work they had put into renovating their property. The historic Jordan House was built in 1890 at 326 Avenue C.
In the back yard of this piece, I painted myself by the gate of this cottage, letting myself into the front yard to bring the owners a piping hot pumpkin pie.
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 End/Kitsap County Collection pdf ~ Click on this 3-page pdf to see all 12 paintings.
"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 create the 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 CHARMING '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 had a number of outbuildings like a barn and a workshop in addition to the partial 2-story pictured here. John’s home was affectionately known by folks in the neighborhood as “The Church House.”
It 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 made several improvements to the property like building the hospitable deck left of the front entrance. Both Steph and Tom are nearly 30, 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. I completed it as a special surprise gift for my brother in honor of a milestone birthday.
"STAN FORMAN'S HOUSE AT SEAHURST" (SEAHURST, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 1993 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This home portrait was a piece I was inspired to create as a special gift for my friend Stan Forman, 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 squeaked!
"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
"WACKY WITCHES BALL" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 2004 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
I painted this seasonal-themed painting to honor October 31st and the magical fun of celebrating Halloween. It featured 4 wacky witches and their black cats brewing up a deliciously good time in celebration of “spookiness”!
From the caldron on the second floor to the pumpkins marching across the ridgepole of the roof, this piece captured nicely the essence of this Autumn "All Hallowed Eve" holiday.
I decorated the mansion with a over a dozen jack-o-lanterns and a banner welcoming the witches to the ball. The moon was a sliver in the midnight sky, barely lighting the bats that were circling the mansion.
The unique mansion featured here was located just around the corner from the beloved Frank Hastings House (known in Port Townsend as the German Consulate) which was serving guests as the Old Consulate Inn when I finished this seasonal portrait. Both residences overlooked the harbor below from the Historic District hillside.
This remarkable, shingle-construction, 2-1/2 -story was just one of a handful of Victorians constructed in the community with a mansard-style roof.
Highlight ~ In the 1980s, my sister Marilee suggested this art when we were in Port Townsend at one of their Annual Tours of Historic Homes.
"HARVEST CELEBRATION AT THE J.B. HOGG HOUSE" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 20031 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This painting featured the J.B. Hogg House which I completed with a Thanksgiving theme.
The decorative two-story grey-shingled home was full of quaint personality and one of the prettier historic Victorians for which Port Townsend has always been well known. At one point, the cottage was a group home to several Roman Catholic priests who enclosed the right side of the second floor to creat a sleeping area.
Each year, the Puget Sound community took great pride in hosting a well-attended tour of its beautiful landmark homes. Cameras 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.
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 Thanksgiving and a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings! The cottage was decorated with an Autumn ~ theme with pumpkins, shocks of wheat and more.
Highlight ~ This painting was my second effort at a portrait ~ the first one picturing the home as a snow-covered B&B created with a Winter theme.
"WYLIE HOUSE AUTUMN WELCOME" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED JULY 2006 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This pretty little Victorian Queen Anne-style cottage just sparkled with imaginative detail and trim ~ from its second-story porch and French doors to its inviting bay windows on the first floor. The home also enjoyed a peek-a-boo view of Port Townsend's stunning harbor below the beloved Historic District.
It was built in 1889 on 1406 Garfield Street for the Henry Wylie family, Sadly, Henry’s wife passed away very soon after the family moved into their pretty cottage in this delightful seaside community overlooking the water, causing them all to relocate back to Illinois in the Midwest.
The charming place looks quite small from the curb, but includes a parlor, a sitting room, kitchen, dining room and enclosed porch ~ all on the first floor ~ with several bedrooms located on the second story.
Highlight ~ This artwork celebrated the beautiful season of Autumn, the tradition of raking brilliantly colored leaves ~ with a restoring “al-fresco” lunch as a welcome reward for all the hard work my husband Doug is doing.
"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 history, the 2-1/2-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.
ISLANDS IN THE PUGET SOUND ~ PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, HISTORIC SETTINGS AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN THIS PUGET SOUND ISLANDS ~ BAINBRIDGE, VASHON, WHIDBEY AND THE SAN JUANS ~ INCLUDING NEARLY A DOZEN SCENES OF ROCHE HARBOR
"FAIRY TALE TRICK OR TREATING” (VASHON ISLAND, WASHINGTON • PAINTED OCTOBER 1996 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 11X14-INCH)
Autumn's Halloween ~ a day when reality succumbs to fantasy!
Celebrating with a fairy-tale theme is the hostess of the house, Donna Fale Larson, dressed as a glamorous “Rapunzel with her long blond braid trailing behind her.” I pictured here with her daughter, Katherine, as “Alice in Wonderland” in the robin’s egg blue dress and white pinafore.
Other trick-or-treaters (L-R) were my sister, Marilee who played “Sleeping Beauty,” Maril’s God-daughter Aubrey, as “Snow White,” and me as “Cinderella” in a shabby tattered frock dusted with fireplace ashes.
Donna’s stunning log-style home was part of a compound with a fully functioning garage for her airline pilot husband who loved tinkering with vintage automobiles), offices for the couple, and a gazebo for al fresco meals outdoors to take advantage of the property’s amazing view. The main house overlooked Puget Sound and the Seattle skyline from its cliff-top perch on Vashon Island.
Highlight ~ Donna Fale was one of my sister’s Marilee’s college roommates at the University of Washington who stayed friends for decades after graduation.
"PAUL MCMILLIN'S PLACE AT ROCHE” (ROCHE HARBOR, THE SAN JUANS, WA • JULY 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 both cribs and jacks ~ 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 charming cottage as their honeymoon suite after the wedding celegration at one of the resort's garden setting or at the pristine Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel (also picture in this group).
Highlight ~ My sister Peggy's son Michael and his lovely bride Mikaila honeymooned here after their marriage in the garden and reception on the patio overlooking the outdoor fireplace.
"FLYING KITES AT LOPEZ" (LOPEZ ISLAND • PAINTED MARCH 2011 ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
This was a revision of an earlier painting I finished in 1994. At that time, The Edenwild Inn (EdenwildInn.com) was gray with white trim and owned by actor Tom Skerritt, whose on-screen movie credits included "Top Gun," "Steel Magnolias" and "A River Runs Through It," to name just a few.
The Lopez Island retreat overlooked the harbor and offered charming accommodations and delectable gourmet meals in its award-winning restaurant.
When the new owners took over the waterfrpmt property, they gave the inn a coat of buttery yellow paint and added flags to the front of the building.
Lopez Island was flat compared to the other San Juans, which has drawn cyclists of all degrees of expertise to load their bikes on ferries and head here to take advantage of the island’s trails and the stunning views. Our bicycles parked behind the inn, the paintingI pictured my husband Doug with me and my sister Marilee flying kites on a brisk breezy day.
Highlight ~ The kites flying above the pretty Edenwild Inn advertised the Inn's address.
"OUR LADY OF GOOD VOYAGE” (ROCHE HARBOR, SAN JUAN ISLAND, 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.
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