The 2017 "CELEBRATE SUMMER" Collection ~ Patti Simpson Ward's "Americana" Fine Art ~ Bicycles, Blossoms, Boats and Beach Cottages

For SUMMERTIME, the quotations that introduce each page are words of wisdom from PAST PRESIDENTS.

"I'm a great believer in luck. I find the harder I work, the more I have of it." ~ Thomas Jefferson



Saturday, August 26 and 27th from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. in Spokane Valley. Find details on this annual event below. Highlight! ~ Arbor Crest Cellars is using the portrait I painted of this annual summer event on ALL their promotional materials. Find me by the Arbor Crest Tasting Room!


It's alive and well in our neck of the Pacific Northwest. We are enjoying day after day of blissful sunshine and warm temperatures. RVs and boats on trailers are rolling down the interstate, blossoms bursting all over our flower beds, flags waving from front porches ~ and folks of all ages are outdoors enjoying every moment!

SUMMER CELEBRATIONS ~ Summer is the season of al fresco living ~ family reunions, barbecues in the back yard, outdoor concerts, picnics on the boat, s'mores around the beach fire ~ and so much more!

SALLY'S 90TH ~ July 2017 brought a milestone celebration ~ my mother Sally turned 90-years-young! Folks came from as far away as Florida, Mississippi and California to help her bring in her ninth decade. Our whole family (see the photo at the top of What's New Page) gathered around Sally and special friends to celebrate at Hayden Lake, Idaho ~ my mother's favorite place on earth. Doug and I are with her (photo above) on the double-decker party boat that cruised the lake after dinner at the Hayden Lake Country Club ( A great day filled with GREAT memories!

LAKES ~ And speaking of lakes, how lucky are we!?! There are 70 of these a short drive in every direction from downtown Spokane. It seems that everyone we know either owns a cabin or is related to someone who does. Our family grew up on Hayden ~ mom bought the property on Sunset Beach with her inheritance, giving us all decades of wonderful summers. Doug and I have dear friends with cabins on Coeur d'Alene, Deer, Loon, Liberty, Pend O'Reille and Priest Lakes ~ just to name a few.

"The Lake" ~ as folks call their summer places regardless of which body of water they are on ~ is the place to be in summer! See a cabin portrait commissioned as a special gift for his parents by good friend Carl Guenzel further down on this page.



I just finished a month-long event at this destination tasting room in an updated warehouse on Spokane's Railrooad Avenue. My exhibit of 53 originals and canvas reproductions was on display throughout the entire month of July. My artwork paired perfectly with Barrister's Thursday night al fresco concerts on their large patio. A huge thank you to all the folks who came inside to see my work at intermssion and those who were joined me at my First Friday reception.

Venue owner Greg Lipsker shared these kind comments about my work: "People were just blown away tonight when they looked at the detail of your art pieces. You capture the essence of life in Spokane...people feel so connected to them and absolutely love your work!"




Next on my summer calendar is August's much anticipated annual Art & Glass Fest.

This fully juried event falls on the last weekend of August on the 26th and 27th. Guests will find the work of dozens of talented artists from all over the Pacific Northwest created in all genres.

Thousands of art lovers come Spokane and nearby communities to see what's new from their favorite creators. In addition to great wine and great shopping, guests can watch several artists offering demonstration ~ like glass blowing and more. This year, the event culminates Sunday evening with a concert on the large patio featuring the retro R&B Sara Brown Band.

The Art & Glass Fest is a beloved Inland Northwest event not be missed! Visit the cellars' web site at to learn more about it and to see the line-up of artists who will be on-hand that weekend.

On their web site, you'll also find a complete list of the musical talent that is performing at their Summer Concert Series. Head to Arbor Crest Thursday evenings for "Pairings on The Patio" ~ relaxing evenings of refreshing libations, live music and fine art (my work was featured July 20th.) Sunday evenings, it's more music and dancing until sunset.

Highlight and a Huge Honor ~ This year, the winery asked me if they could use my NEW painting depicting the Art & Glass Fest to promote their event on posters (shown left) and in print ads. Find "Gathering at the Gatehouse at Arbor Crest" on my Spokane page. It pictures friends, family and vendors I'm made friends with over the past five five years since moving back to the Inland Northwest in 2012. This is the second piece that Arbor Crest has used to promote the art fest. In 2015, they featured my portrait of the historic Royal Riblet mansion, "The Cliff House at Arbor Crest" to advertise their event. The painting is on my Spokane page and the poster on my Biography page under "Patti Simpson Ward in The Press" section.



ART IN BLOOM ~ Look for details on September's upcoming "Art in Bloom." This fine art exhibit will pair fine artwork in several media with exquisite floral arrangements designed by local florists. Hosted by Friends of the Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens, proceeds benefit the gardens and Corbin Art Cente where the event will be held.

SPOKANE PRESERVATION ADVOCATES ANNUAL HOME TOUR ~ I'll have a booth with portraits of several homes featured in the past rt at Spokane Preservations Advocates' Tour of Historic Homes currently on the calendar for October 1st.

For more information on these and other future venues plus a list of shops and galleries where you can find my work, please visit my Art Venues page.




We LOVE summer in the Pacific Northwest. On my What's New page, I've featured four seasonal groups:




PITTYPAT GALLERY & V.I.P. (Very Important Patron) LIST


PittyPat Gallery has been closed since the end of 2016 for refurbishing and re-stocking. January through May are also traditionally the months when I create a large part of my NEW 2017 collection. Pittypat Gallery is now open through the end of 2017.

The walls mirror much of the artwork that is featured on this SUMMER 2017 edition of my web site. The artwork highlights the fun activities and beloved settings this season is so famous for.

In my galllery, I have a huge selection of framed and unframed originals, canvas reproductions, fine paper prints, blank art cards, magnets and more available for purchase. Please phone me at 206.406.1409 for more information ~ plus details on commissioning paintings and sketches.

V.I.P. MAILING LIST ~ To be on my V.I.P. list (Very Important Patron), please contact me at 206.406.1409 (talk or text).

I send out a small handful of postcards either in digital or "hard copy" with a list of my spring/summer and fall/winter/holiday schedules ~ sometimes with special savings at upcoming artfests or at private events in the gallery.

Note ~ Your privacy is very important to me. I absolutely never share your personal information.



COMPLETE LIST ~ As I mentioned above, on my Art Venues page, I've shared details about upcoming First Fridays, fine art festivals and other venues as they unfold throughout the year. You will also find a list of shops and galleries that carry my work in the greater Northwest. Here are just a few:


GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY ~ The Friends of Coeur d'Alene Park, The Friends of Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens, Spokane Preservation Advocate ~ And More!

ANNUAL PROCEEDS ~ I donate part of my annual proceeds to the Holy Names Sisters' Retirement Fund, the Franciscan Sisters (Perpetual Adoration), the Greater Gonzaga Guild, Wishing Star, Spokane Preservation Advocate, the Ronald McDonald House and other local non-profits.

ART DONATIONS ~ I also give framed artwork to many local causes like the Gonaga Prep Auction, Light the Way Childhood Cancer, the Ronald McDonald House Cobra Polo event, First Tee, Spokane Symphony's Concert in the Park, Wishing Star, Spokane Preservation Advocates, Christmas Tree Elegance ~ and more.

For a complete list of causes I support, please visit my Biography page. The list is near the bottom of the page.




One of my youngest brother Bob's closest friends is a great guy named Carl Guenzel. Bob and Carl have been buddies for years and have always enjoyed a friendly rivalry typical of pals who have known each other for decades.

Bob shares what used to be our family cabin at Hayden Lake's Sunset Beach with my mother Sally. Carl does the same with his parents' place at Rockford Bay on Coeur d'Alene Lake.

In both cases, the guys have spent a huge amount of time, effort and money repairing and updating these older cabins with the notion that some day their work will be finished ~ and they can just sit back, have a beer and enjoy the fruits of their labor. This, of course, will never happen.

My dad passed away over 30 years ago, but Carl's father is still going strong, so Carl shares much of the work around the place with his dad. He knows just exactly how much his folks LOVE this setting.

In early 2017, Carl's parents were approaching a very special milestone wedding anniversary in April, so he commissioned this surprise portrait of this setting as their gift.

I pictured his mom and dad on the stairs and his two daughters by the beach fire surrounded by kids they had grown up with at Rockford Bay. It's a typical evening at the lake ~ friends gathering to sing (note the young man with the guitar) and roast marshmellows for s'mores.

The portait brought tears of joy to his parents' eyes at the anniversary party. Carl's gift couldn't have been more special and personal. It really hit the mark!

Highlight ~ Carl also gave each of his daughters a framed print in honor of the years of wonderful lakeside memories. To see this and other home portraits, please visit my Commission page. You'll also find more lake cabin scenes on my What's New page.






SUMMERTIME and decorating our bungalow in red, white and blue!

This season, we celebrate two beloved patriotic holidays ~ July 4th's Independence Day and September's Labor Day. In honor of these, Doug and I decorate our home and outdoor spaces in patriotic colors, a theme that lasts throughout the summer. It's a fun way to celebrate living in America!

UNCLE SAMS AND FLAGS ~ Uncle Sam is everywhere ~ from the fun vintage tapers on our dining room table to the nutcraker sitting on the front porch cafe table to the vintage wrought iron bank in the center of the living room coffee table. For these two holidays, Doug hangs a massive "Old Glory" from the top of front window ~ a gift presented to him by U.S. Senator Warren G. Magnusson when he was a teenager.

THE BOOKS OF SUMMER ~ An antique wood toy boat anchors a stack of coffee table books covering our National Parks to New York State historic Adirondack camps to the history of vintage wood speed boats ~ perfect as my dad owned a mahoghany Century "Resorter" for decades.

SUMMER DINING ROOM TABLE ~ Once a year, my English Calico ironstone finds its way to our dining room table. I've been collecting it since I was in my twenties. This unique dinnerware covered with tiny blue flowers works beautifully with my April Cornell ( red and white linens layered on the table with a vintage quilt. The colorful setting does a beautiful job of welcoming folks through the front door into our living room/dining room suite ~ but we rarely use it as we're either in the back yard or at the cafe table on the front porch (pictured here) dining "al fresco."

Highlight ~ See the wonderful article celebrating April Cornell and her colorful textile desigs in the March/April 2017 issue of Victoria magazine, "April Cornell ~ Conversing in Color."

CELEBRATING WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS ~ As mentioned agove, one of our favorite things is to entertain ~ friends, family ~ or both. Doug and I love every aspect of this ~ from planning and preparing the meal to dressing the backyard table in red, white and blue. Summer's the perfect time to spoil folks with a BBQ ~ and I just gave Doug a new Weber and an outdoor fireplace for Father's Day! Great food and great company ~ what could be better?

MY MOTHER SALLY ~ Everything I know about decorating for the seasons, I learned from my mother. She's still busy at her sewing machine creating something with her fine artistic “eye." Sally enjoys dressing up her condominium and lake cabin, entertaining friends and family with flair and style. She just celebrated her 90th birthday. We like to say she's 90 going on 69 as she's so vital and young at heart. Sally always inspires ~ and my sisters and I love carrying on her traditions.

To see more of our SUMMER decor, click on the image here or on At Home with Patriotic Colors pdf.





WELCOME ~ You're here!


WHAT'S NEW ~ 2017 "CELEBRATING SUMMER" COLLECTION ~ This page celebrate the season and include 22 paintings (some are NEW!) of images that say, "WE LOVE SUMMER!"


CALENDAR & ART JOURNALS ~ I've created multiple editions of calendars for nearly 25 years, showcasing NEW artwork and past favorites ~ plus two 4th Edition perpetual shelf-life journals with 44 fine art images in each.


See the images for each edition by clicking on the bold red titles below. Visit my Calendar page for more information and web sites for settings (where available). Scroll further down for more information on the art journals. Note ~ In recent years most editions of my calendars have completely sold out. However, if you are interested in collecting the artwork that the past issues contain, there are a few still available. You'll find a complete list of titles at the foot of my Calendar page. If you have any questions, please call me for details at 206.406.1409.

2018 NEW "LEGENDARY & FUN LANDMARKS" ~ This edition divides itself between seven presigious landmarks and five fun ones. Five of the paintings are NEW!

2018 NEW "CELEBRATING OUR CITY PARKS" ~ This year's edition honors parks we love that lie within Spokane's city limits. Three of these paintings are NEW.

2018 NEW "SOUTH HILL BEAUTIES" ~ "The Hill," as its affectionately called, enjoys a reputation as being one of the best places to live in Spokane. This calendar shares a dozen lovely homes from neighborhoods all over the South Hill. Half of the artwork is NEW.


NEW FEATURE ~ In these two 4th edition for the first time, historical photos and background stories accompany each journal image. With a perpetual shelf life as they are not year-specific, these are perfect for folks who want more than just 12 calendar images. Each features 44 paintings on pages peppered with positive thoughts to inspire. For more information, please vivist my my Calendar page.


ARTWORK COLLECTIONS ~ During my many years as a fine artist, I've created hundreds of paintings and drawings that are divided into three collections. These three pages feature images that revolve and complement the seasons and holidays.

ENTIRE COLLECTION PDFS ~ At the end of each section on the collection pages, you'll find pdfs with images and stories for ALL the images created for that group.

THE BIG LIST ~ Click on "The Big List" graphic footer at the bottom of each Puget Sound, Spokane or More Paintings page to link to an alphabetical list of titles and descriptions of all the art created for each of the three collections. In some cases, you'll find a few sketches as well. These three lists link you via Red bold type to artwork featured throughout my web site.


COMMISSION ~ My favorite genre, I’ve recreated private residences and other architectural settings for clients from all over the United States and beyond ~ making wonderful friends in the process. In recent years I’ve also offered portraits of children and pets. Filled with personal detail, commissioned pieces are cherished mementos.

DOZENS OF SAMPLE IMAGES ~ This page shares over two dozen works completed for clients as well as a step-by-step guide for commissioning artwork. Frequently, I include commissioned paintings in my art calendars.


ART VENUES ~ Here you'll find my schedule of all upcoming art fairs, festivals and First Friday exhibits as they unfold throughout the year ~ including dates, times, addresses, web sites and more. I've also shared a complete list of retail gift shops, galleries and museums with addresses, phone numbers, web sites and descriptions of what is featured at each setting.


ORDERING ~ If you want to order from me directly, visit this page for details on buying originals, framed canvas and fine paper reproductions, print/card gift packs, art journals, calendars, cards and magnets. If you would like an order form, please contact me and I'll send you the pdf. I accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Questions? Please phone me at 206.406.1409.


BIOGRAPHY ~ This is my “life story” page. It shares my background and highlights events that helped me grow as an award-winning "Americana" artist. Pivotal events range from my first grade report card (I’m still in touch with teacher Sr. Rita Mae Fischer) to the present. You will also find several pdfs of press clippings and magazine articles. I've also included a complete list of charitable causes I've supported in 2016 and 2017 with donations of artwork and more.


BRIDAL ~ Visit this page if you are interested in having a custom wedding portrait created as a memento of your special day. Much of the artwork featured here was commissioned by clients as fine art wedding mementos and/or for images the covers of their invitations. However, I’m a also professional digital design art director with 45+ years of experience, so I’ve shared some creative text-only samples as well. I also offer collateral items like R.S.V.Ps, shower invites, ceremony programs and more. If you are interested in this special personal service, phone me at 206.406.1409 for details.



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