THE SEASON OF STARS, STRIPES ~ AND FUN IN THE SUN!
SUMMER! It is the season that celebrates fun times at waterfront cottages, golf courses, camp grounds, hiking trails, parks and al fresco festivals honoring every kind of flower, fruit, berry, vegetable, wine and beer!
THE GREAT OURDOORS ~ It's vacation time with the promise of warm sunny days that usually require golf clubs, paddles, pedals, tents and SUVs. There's a theme here ~ Summer is a love affair with "The Great Outdoors."
As I mentioned on my Welcome page, the Simpsons LOVE Hayden Lake in Idaho's "Panhandle." The photo here shows my extended family celebrating Sally Mom's Summer milestone birthday at the Wigwam Room at the Kirtland Cutter-designed clubhouse at Hayden Lake Country Club.
The Simpson family has owned beach property on this lake since 1956 when my mother's inheritance made my parent's dream a possibility. This gorgeous setting overlooking the lake was the perfect place to gather friends and family for Sally's special day. Decades of great memories here!
See other Hayden Lake settings further below in this collection of Summer favorites!
22 NEW PAINTINGS ~ Click here on the 2019-2018 All NEW Art Collection pdf to see thumbnail images of all of the NEWpaintings completed this year and last to date. Many of these works are also scattered throughout the Puget Sound, Spokane & More Paintings pages.
PITTYPAT GALLERY (OPEN) ~ My gallery is open by appointment and invitation now through the end of 2019. The work hanging there reflects the Sweet Summer Collection featured on this web site's What's New page. There is also a generous selection of:
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Twice a year, I send postcards in digital email format or hard copy via the U.S. Mail. These feature NEW art images and share my schedule of Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter /Holiday venues. Frequently, the postcards offer special savings at upcoming art fests and private PittyPat Gallery events.
This collection of 24 paintings divided into six groupings of four image each celebrates SUMMER! The fine art featured below is of setting sprinkled all over the Pacific Northwest ~ and beyond. Each has its own special appeal and was created to honor this beloved carefree season. Visit the Puget Sound, Spokane & More Paintings pages see many more paintings celebrating Summer!
VACATION AND PARK DESTINATIONS • 1 NEW! Kanab, UT, Cannon Beach, OR, Roche Harbor in the San Juans and Spokane, WA
NEW! "HISTORIC LITTLE HOLLYWOOD (PARRY LODGE)" (KANAB, UT • PAINTED APRIL 2019 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 9X12-INCH)
From the 1930s to the 1970s, the Parry Lodge (ParryLodge.com) in Kanab, Utah near the Arizona border was known as the "heart" of Little Hollywood.” The Parry brothers (Chauncey, Gronway and Whit) photographed Utah’s majestic countryside and then traveled to California to entice the movie industry into making Westerns and other films on-location in Utah.
For decades, major stars like Tom Mix, John Wayne, Clark Gable, Henry Fonda, Joel McCrea, Frank Sinatra, Robert Redford and leading ladies like Dolores del Rio, Veronica Lake, Ava Gardner, Anne Bancroft, Maureen O’Hara and others were involved with film projects. Many stayed at Parry Lodge.
In 1928, the brothers purchased a New England-style farmhouse. By 1931, they had converted it into a hospitable lodge with cottages north and west of it to house the folks from California when it was time to make another movie. The entire town got into the act (some literally as extras, wranglers and stand-ins) and did everything they could to make projects run smoothly for their important guests. Westerns were “bread and butter” to Kanab ~ both movies and TV series.
When Westerns were gradually replaced by more sophisticated fare, the Parry Lodge went on to serve the public as a well-preserved nostalgic reminder of its glory days ~ each cottage named for a film star and the lodge’s dining room walls lined with autographed photos of actors who had been guests there. When I painted this portrait of Parry Lodge it was open to the public during warmer months (folks pictured in this artwork actually stayed there) ~ with a free nightly movie in its theater.
Highlight ~ John Wayne installed a beautiful swimming pool just because he thought the place needed one!
"FUN & SUN AT HAYSTACK ROCK" (CANNON BEACH, OR • PAINTED MARCH 1999 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 11X14-INCH)
This seaside portrait of Cannon Beach was a special birthday gift I painted for my sweetheart Doug Ward in 1999 when we were dating our way to becoming a serious couple. A few months before in November 1998, we had vacationed with his family over the long Thanksgiving weekend at Cannon Beach, Oregon.
The incredibly picturesque artists’ colony and beloved getaway was a favorite of many ~ and Doug’s family enjoyed the autumn tradition of spending the holiday at this breathtaking destination for several years.
Among the vacationers pictured in this ocean-side scene on the shore were his son Kevin and girlfriend Heather seated on the log to the right. Doug’s older brother Tom and their parents Kay and Russ stood behind them. I painted Doug and me into the lower left foreground gathering driftwood for a beach fire.
It was the sunny Friday after Thanksgiving and revelers were enjoying the pleasant day while a breeze tossed kites in the sky. The artwork would not have been complete without the area's signature Haystack Rock in the background.
"HOTEL DE HARO" (SAN JUAN ISLAND, ROCHE HARBOR, WA • PAINTED OCTOBER H 2000 ACRYLIC ON CANVA S • 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.
"PICNIC BASKETS AT THE 'BOWL & PITCER'" (RIVERSIDE STATE PARK, THE NORTH SIDE, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JULY 2014 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Seconds from downtown, Riverside State Park came into being under the direction of Park Superintendent Aubrey Lee White who was known as the "Father of Spokane Parks."
The basaltic rock formations on the south side of the Spokane River resembled a bowl and pitcher ~ thus the name. President Franklin Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.) built the famous swinging suspension bridge, the Aubrey L. White Parkway on both sides of the river, the rock walls that border it and more.
A new set of timbered steps that climbed up to the hiking trails on the south side of the bridge was updated in 2012.
Highlight ~ I painted friends and family about to enjoy a picnic on a gorgeous sunny day ~ it has always been one of our favorite spots for this pastime!
FLAGS, BUNTING AND PATRIOTIC HOLIDAYS • 1 AWARD WINNING! Snohomiish, Kirkland and Redmond, WA and HaydenLake, ID
"STARS & STRIPES IN SNOHOMISH" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2010 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
In 2007, when my stepson Matt and his young family moved to a small cottage in the charming community of Snohomish north of Seattle, I decided to expand my collection collection of portraits of Victorian residences there ~ and create a calendar highlighting its beautiful homes.
I spent several weekends walking the historic district, snapping photos of every setting that “spoke” to me. This green and white clapboard home at 314 Union Street with its crisp white picket fence caught my eye.
Even though the month was October, the home was decorated with dozens of little waving American flags as the family had several sons serving in different branches of Armed Services at the time, as I was to learn later from the owner, owner who commissioned this piece.
The little "Old Glories" inspired this artwork, which carried through the theme of celebrating Independence Day with an old-fashioned All- American picnic. I pictured and me and my husband Doug in the lower right corner bringing a cherry pie.
"THE U.S. CUSTOMS HOUSE ON THE DOCK" (ROCHE HARBOR, SAN JUAN ISLAND, WA • PAINTED MAY 2004 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Every year on the Independence Day in July, hundreds of vessels ~ large and small ~ crowd the docks and the waterfront of the charming resort destination of Roche Harbor (RocheHarbor.com).
San Juan Island is just a few miles from the Canadian border, so for many vacationers, their visits to the beautiful San Juan Islands have always begun here at this quaint one-room white and green domed structure perched at the end of the docks ~ the home of the resort's U.S. Customs Offices.
Every Independence Day, the agents have festooned their office with colorful red, white and blue buntin and flags. In this piece,I painted the three officers enjoying a break in the sunshine with visitors walking the docks in search of vessels with the most creative patriotic trim ~ an annual traditional competition.
Highlight ~ Each of the three officers pictured in this painting reached out to me enchanted by their "immortalization" ~ asking for a print of this memory-filled reminder of that special day.
"HISTORIC HUTTON HOUSE" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2016 ACRYLIC ON CANVA S • 8X10-INCH)
The stately Neoclassical Hutton House was built on 17th Avenue in the Perry District by Spokane’s acclaimed architect George W. Keith for Levi and May Arkwright Hutton.
After discovering an extremely rich vein of silver with their business partners the Paulsens, the Huttons achieved huge financial success with the Hercules Mine.
But the Huttons didn’t just amass wealth ~ they were huge civic-minded benefactors to their community, building a large downtown office building and the beautiful Hutton Settlement in Spokane Valley which served as one of the most respected orphanages for decades. May Arkwright also passionately supported women’s suffrage and was influential in securing the right to vote for women in Washington State.
Highlight ~ When I painted the portrait of the immaculately maintained Hutton House, the current property owners had festively festooned the mansion with flags and patriotic bunting for Independence Day as pictured in this piece.
AWARD WINNING! "THE BILL BROWN BUILDING" (REDMOND, WA • MAY 2005• ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
This handsome two-story building located in the heart of Redmond, Washington on Leary Way, was built by Redmond’s most famous mayor, William “Bill” Brown.
Bill served his beloved community from 1919 to 1948, and this was his second business building on this site. It originally housed a saloon, drug store, soda fountain, barber shop, dance hall and mortuary.
Rumor had it that the building also was home to the town’s “ladies of the evening” ~ and it even had an entrance to a secret bootlegger’s tunnel from the days of Prohibition. When I painted this portrait of it, the structure hadn’t changed much since the early 1900s, its owners being careful to maintain its original beauty with the exposed brick and original slab floors throughout most of the interior.
I gave this artwork an “All-American Celebration” theme with red, white and blue flags, balloons and bunting. I filled it with fun-loving family and friends ~ and pets gathering to join the holiday.
Highlight ~ This structure has stood on this block for decades, being one of the oldest historic buildings in this Western Washington community made famous by becoming the home of Microsoft.
VACATION WATERFRONT FAMILY COTTAGES • Northeast Washington State, the Washington Coastline and Idaho's "Panhandle"
"S'MORES & SPARKLER ON PUGET SOUND" (PUGET SOUND, WA • NOVEMBER 2011• ACRYLIC ON CANVAS •11X14-INCH)
The idyllic, tranquil vacation home this family christened “The Beach House” turned into a BIG playground for all generations of their extended family every Independence Day.
Grandparents, children, siblings, cousins and friends gathered to enjoy the idyllic seaside setting and feast on food and drink, compete in games and shoot off fireworks for hours in honor of the beloved holiday.
Children spent hours combing the beach in search of sand dollars, sea glass and driftwood ~ seaside treasures to bring back future memories of the day.
They’re pictured in the foreground of this piece roasting marshmallows, making s’mores and waving sparklers. Flags fluttered ~ reminding all how proud they were to be Americans.
"COEUR D'ALENE LAKESIDE GETAWAY" (ROCKFORD BAY, COEUR D'ALENE LAKE, IDAHO • PAINTED JANUARY 2017 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 11X14-INCH))
Rockford Bay on Coeur d’Alene Lake was the setting for this lakeside portrait of family and friends at one of many 4th of July celebrations. Note the flag billowing from the deck and colorful pots of red geraniums decorating this property festively in honor of the beloved Summer holiday.
Purchased in the early 2000s, this beloved vacation home hosted years of fun times, creating unforgettable memories for the family who owned it and nearby friends.
There was always something to do on the property ~ from “home improvement” cabin projects to puttering on the beach to sunny days on the dock and lake in the Supra. Pictured in the foreground was a friendly gang of good friends enjoying music by the beach fire while the golden retriever kept them company from the dock.
Highlight ~ This piece was commissioned as a special gift for his folks by one of my brother Bob’s best friends. Both guys just LOVE the lake life!
"DAWN AT LOVELY NEWMAN LAKE" (NEWMAN LAKE, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2007 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
This piece was a special portrait commissioned for her mother’s birthday by Jean Burton to honor decades of family memories created at Newman Lake.
Jean was a favorite colleague during my ten-plus years as art director/senior graphic designer at Eddie Bauer’s corporate offices in Bellevue, WA. I learned that she had grown up during the summer months at a family lake cabin on this lake. This piece honored the breathtaking setting at just as dawn was breaking on the setting.
Note the doe grazing on the hillside, the squirrels scampering on the beach and seagulls circling the shore about to do some early morning fishing. In 1945, Effie and Dick McKay built the original cottage which was much more rustic ~ a true “lake cabin.” Later Nancy and Paul Burton remodeled and updated the home into the handsome hospitable vacation getaway depicted here.
Highlight ~ Always a beloved destination for the entire family, it served three generations.
"SUMMERTIME AT SUNSET BEACH" (HAYDEN LAKE, ID • PAINTED JUNE 1986 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Over the years, I have completed three paintings of the cabin where our family spent summers from1956 on.
The first was part of a “neighborhood” painting wedding gift for my sister Peggy in the early 1970s. The second was a simple rendition of just the cabin in 1978 as a Christmas gift for my parents. This third piece pictured my parents Joe and Sally with all six of us kids in 1985.
One the steps behind the cabin were my brothers John and Bob with my sisters Marilee and Peggy pictured on the flight below. My folks were on the cabin's deck and my brother Bill and I were shown by the beach fire.
The lake cabin held lots of wonderful memories for all of us. Having spent fun time in college on Hayden Lake’s “Gold Coast” in the late 1930s, my dad had his heart set on having a summer cottage at Sunset Beach. With the sudden death of my mom’s father from an accident on his ranch, her inheritance made the dream a reality. This painting said it all ~ decades of fun times at this beautiful forested setting on pristine Hayden’s shoreline.
Highlight ~ Since my brother Bob and his wife Jan purchased the place from my mother in 2017 as well as the property next door, he's put a great deal of time and effort into making the beach and waterfront area more user-friendly and stunningly beautiful.
RESORTERS, CRUISERS & SAILBOATS • Hayden Lake, ID and Lake, Washington, La Conner and Puget Souund, WA
"CHUM & BOB ON THE CENTURY" (HAYDEN LAKE, ID • SEPTEMBER 1987 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
This handsome wood mahogany runabout was my father’s pride and joy from the moment he purchased this Resorter in 1958 until his death 30 years later. It was the "jewel" in the crown of what our family (pictured in the photo ~ I am holding brother Bob as an infant) enjoyed as our "Hayden Lake Place."
The wooded property was blessed with a beautiful natural beach that once served as the summer campground for the Coeur d'Alene Indians (see the background of this photo).
The Resorter's interior was crimson ~ a "power" color as this inboard really knew how to move! I showed Bob (now in his late teens) waving from the steering wheel with his golden retriever pal Chum. Not only did he love driving as much as my dad did, Bob and my brothers spent countless hours slalom skiing behind her. This painting was completed as a college graduation gift for my Bob who has the original artwork hanging in this home.
Highlight ~ My father Joe asked that his ashes be sprinkled at Hayden after his death ~ and our family honored his wish while cruising in his beloved Resorter the following summer.
"CABIN CRUISER QUEEN OF SEAFAIR" ~ (LAKE WASHINGTON, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 1999 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Seattle’s city-wide Seafair (Seafair.com) festival been going on for decades for over six decades.
During the 30+ years when I was living in the Seattle area, I remember the summer months being dotted with Seafair events like parades (one just for children in Ballard and the grand “Torch Light” venue downtown), milk carton races on Lake Union, the arrival of the Seafair Pirates on Alki Beach, the coronation of the festival’s queen from the local high school princesses, the thunder of the Blue Angels jets flying in formation and three days of hydroplane activity on Lake Washington.
For years, especially if the weather was sunny and hot, my husband and I joined friends on the beach, in the “pits,” on boats or at a house party overlooking the lake, reveling in the fun of “Hydro Race Day Sunday.” In 1999, we were on the lake in our ski boat watching the acrobatics of the Blue Angles when a vintage cabin cruiser pulled up beside us. Immaculate in every detail, I snapped a photo, which resulted in this portrait with the jets in the sky above.
Highlight ~ 1999 marked the 50th year of the Seafair festival ~ the year I painted this piece.
"CRUISING LA CONNER IN JUSTATUG" (LA CONNER, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2002 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Bill and Jamie Fowler commissioned this portrait of their summer home “Justatug” several years ago when I met the couple at my artwork booth at the Redmond Saturday Market.
These two enjoyed every second of the summer months cruising around Puget Sound and the San Juans in this handsome vessel. The perfect retirement arrangement as they spent the cooler months of the year wintering in a cozy cottage they built on their son's property.
This painting also featured the beloved resort town of La Conner (LaConnerchamber.com) in the background ~ always a destination for many in Summer months.
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).
"TAKING 'WHITE BEAR' OUT FOR A SAIL" (PUGET SOUND, WA • PAINTEDJULY 1995 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Strolling around the docks in the Summer months has almost always been one of the most pleasant pastimes on picturesque Puget Sound. The vessels moored at the marinas (this one in Everett, WA) come in every size, shape and color. But, even more fun is taking a sail.
I painted our merry group ~ Lynn Wildblood (our accommodating “Ship Captain”), my pal Cathy O’Rourke and me ~ waiting to board Lynn’s “White Bear” for an al fresco picnic on Puget Sound. Lynn was a great friend and always an adventurous guy ~ up for anything as I recall.
Highlight ~ He lived aboard his beloved sailboat for several years before he met his wife and purchased a cottage for them to share on Lake Roesigner.
FESTIVALS, FARMERS' MARKETS, KIDS' GAMES AND PARADES • 1 AWARD WINNING! Spokane, Redmond, Roche Harbor and Everett, WA
"GATHERING AT THE GATEHOUSE (ARBOR CREST CELLARS)" (SPOKANE VALLEY, WA • PAINTED MAY 20160 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
This arched basaltic rock gatehouse on the campus of Arbor Crest Winery (ArborCrest.com) has always been the signature welcoming structure leading to the handsome Florentine-style mansion known as the Cliff House ~ shown to the right side of the gatehouse.
The estate was the home of Royal Riblet who built Cliff House in 1924. The gatehouse was just one of several stone out-buildings on the property. Another was the structure where folks waited to board the tram that carried them down the hillside to the valley below. Riblet was a famous mechanical genius, best remembered for inventing the chair lift, which upgraded the experience of snow skiers everywhere.
Now the home of Arbor Crest Cellars, this piece portrayed the Art & Glass Fest, the much anticipated annual summer art event hosted on the grounds of the property.
Highlight ~ When I met the owner of the property in 2015, Harry Milke shared that the stone arch once served as the servants’ quarters.
AWARD WINNING! "MEETING AT THE MARKET" (REDMOND, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
This piece won 1st Place and the honor of being the artwork used to promote the 2010 Redmond Saturday Market's (RedmondSaturdayMarket.org) 35th season, which runs from May through October.
Posters with my fine art portrait of the market were posted throughout all the Eastside communities in Western Washington. Redmond's was the oldest and largest market on the Eastside, so this award was quite a prestigious honor for me.
With the historic Justice White house in the background, I gave this artwork an all-American theme. It paid homage to the fine tradition of selling and shopping for goods produced by local farmers, craftspeople and artisans.
I intertwined a patriotic red, white and blue streamer with fruit, vegetables and market signs bordering the scene of colorful booths, shoppers and their pets.
Highlight ~ For several years I had a weekly space at this fun summertime venue.
"ROLLICKING FUN AT ROCHE" (ROCHE HARBOR, SAN JUAN ISLAND • PAINTED JUNE 2003 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
The theme of this painting was Independence Day twenty years ago in the quaint seaside resort of Roche Harbor on San Juan Island.
This scene is probably still a tradition today. Wild screams of excitement and laughter broke the silence of what would have been a just another quiet morning on Puget Sound’s Roche Harbor.
I painted kids of all ages, their parents ~ and pets) at the annual game fest held in the resort’s grassy hillside park below the camping cabins that had once housed employees of the McMillins Lime Kiln business in the early 1900s. Youngsters engaged in egg-tossing, flour sack-racing, tug-of-war and more.
Prizes were flags, red, white and blue baseball caps, T-shirts and assorted patriotic kid-oriented paraphernalia. This artwork was inspired by a stay at a good friend’s beautiful vacation home near the resort whose children were part of these games for years annually from toddler years through college.
"RIDING IN THE SALTY SEAS DAYS PARADE" (EVERETT FIRE DEPARTMENT, EVERETT, WA • PAINTED November 1994 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
In November 1994, I painted a portrait of the restored vintage Everett Fire Department (EverettFirefighters.org) fire truck Engine #2 ~ one of several that made their way through the parade route crowd along the sidewalks of downtown Everett.
Retired firefighter Darrell Jensen drove the fire truck while EMS Chief Jack Robinson stood at the rear. Jack's son and his pal shared the seats with Jack’s wife at the time, Bonnie Richter and me. Another firefighter’s two youngsters were outfitted “for action” ~ dressed head-to-toe in bunker gear.
Pictured in the background of this piece was handsome old Station #2 which had functioned for decades as the headquarters for the Everett Fire Department.
Highlight ~ In 2010, I donated this original painting to my longtime friend Fire Chief Murray Gordon for display at the E.F.D. vintage Headquarters building.
GOLF COURSES, PRO SHOPS AND CLUBHOUSES • Spokane and Seattle, WA, Hayden Lake, ID and Medford, OR
"HAYDEN LAKE C.C. PRO SHOP ON THE 4TH (DETAIL)" (HAYDEN LAKE, ID • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 1996 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8x10-INCH)
Summertime! It meant vacation, water sports and golf growing up on Hayden Lake! Since 1956, the Simpson family shared good times at our cabin on Hayden's Sunset Beach. The first thing my parents did upon purchasing their property was to join the Hayden Lake Country Club (Hayden_Lake_CC.com).
Decades ago, undoubtedly its most famous golfing member was Bing Crosby, who owned several vacation homes on the lake from 1940s through the 1970s. He was known for hosting tournaments with the likes of Bob Hope and other Hollywood cronies who came up to this pristine setting.
The club's vintage timber Chalet-style pro shop echoed the rustic style of the club's stunning clubhouse designed by Kirtland K. Cutter that served the area as the Bozanta Tavern during the early 1900s.
The beautiful, yet challenging 18-hole course has always been home to majestic ancient Ponderosa pines and peppered with colorful flower beds ~ making it a pleasure to play, even if your game was not up to par. Junior golfers at the time I painted this piece were niece Kelly and nephew Michael about to take a golf a lesson.
Highlight ~ In its early days, the beloved country club was reached by a branch line train that transported revelers back and forth from Spokane to this area known as Hayden's "Gold Coast."
”COTTAGE CLUBHOUSE AT JEFFERSON PARK" (BEACON HILL, SEATTLE, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2010 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
This artwork pictures the vintage cottage-style clubhouse (now demolished) that once served one of Seattle's three municipal golf courses ~ this one located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood just south of the downtown corridor. Two things made the setting special.
FIRST ~ Jefferson Park was "home course" to renowned golfer Fred Couples (pictured in the artwork on the putting green) when he was fine tuning the game as a young man.
SECOND ~ The course enjoyed colorful gardens and blossom-filled urns leading up to the cottage clubhouse ~ and on the tees and fairways. Spring was particularly lovely at Jefferson Park (PremeirGC.com).
Highlight ~ I was introduced to Fred Couples and gave him a print of this artwork at the 2010 Senior PGA event at Sahalee Country Club near Redmond, Washington. He signed the back of the original artwork.
”THE CLASSIC AT ECHO FALLS GOLF CLUB"(SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2011 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
This was a portrait I painted picturing actor Richard Karn making his putt on the 18th green of the Golf Club at Echo Falls (EchoFallsGolf.com) in Monroe just north of Bellevue, WA. Richard made his mark on ABC’s vintage extremely entertaining Home Improvement television show as the bearded plaid-shirted sidekick to comedian Tim Allen.
Cheered on by celebrities, volunteers and friends, Richard made it look easy as he raised thousands of dollars for Bellevue’s Overlake Hospital and Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center (now part of Cancer Care Alliance).
Pictured (L to R) are Don McKenzie, Cathy Davis, Paul O’Rourke and Paul Lester, host Richard Karn, winners Seattle Supersonics basketball legends Detlef Schrempf and Dale Ellis, volunteers Marcy, Vicki and Jamie, player David Samp, and volunteers Scott and Nicole.
I’m part of the group at the right side of this impossible green ~ it’s surrounded on ALL sides by water with only a narrow foot-path for access!
Highlight ~ Doug and I were married at the beautiful Echo Falls clubhouse on April 15, 2000. Tthis place holds very fond memories for the two of us we're about to celebrate 19th years together. See our marriage portrait on my Bridal page.
”PERFECT LAVOR DAY MORNING AT R.V.C.C." (MEDFORD, OR • SEPTEMBER 2002 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
Rogue Valley Country Club (RVCC.com) in Medford, Oregon, hosted the largest match play golf tournament in the entire United States when I was inspired to paint this piece.
The “Southern Oregon,” as it’s affectionately known by its over 100 players, has been hugely popular for decades and guaranteed stiff competition in all of its men’s and women’s divisions. Nearly as popular as the late summer golf competition was the sprawling sun-speckled clubhouse deck, which overlooked the course and driving range.
Breakfasts at sunrise, afternoon cocktails with friends and dancing in the moonlit evenings ~ this deck was a magnet for all of the participants and guests.
Highlight ~ I pictured our friends leisurely enjoying breakfast while my husband Doug practiced a few putts before his championship match. It was a tradition in our group to eat together on the last morning of the events as the last players either went on to compete or packed their bags for the journey home.
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