With SPRING at last upon us and summer just beyond, the quotations introducing each page celebrate FAITH. "BELIEVE in fresh starts and new beginnings." ~ Norman Cousins

NOTE ~ Clicking on RED BOLD TYPE and some specified images links you to other pages, pdfs and corresponding websites where available.



SPRINGTIME ~ Our world outside is waking up after a long chilly winter. This season is indeed a welcome one! Many folks believe Spring is Mother Nature's finest handiwork. Who doesn't love this season?

HOLIDAYS ~ Spring shares four beloved family holidays ~ EASTER & PASSOVER (already behind us), MOTHER'S DAY and FATHER'S DAY. How lucky are we to celebrate these special occasions during the most beautiful time of the year?

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD ~ With warmer, longer sun-filled days, folks in our neighborhood are outdoors everywhere with trowels, buckets and rakes, tidying up their yards. The grass is fresh and green again ~ and the gardens are alive with colorful daffodils, tulips, crocuses and more! I love their sparkling "jewel tones." These lovely seasonal blossoms have inspired my "HEART OF SPRING COLOR" Collection.


This collection on my What's New page features 36 paintings (five are NEW!) of special beloved settings of all types found in the Northwest, Southwest, Great Britain and beyond. What makes this generous Spring offering unique is that the artwork is grouped by COLOR ~

SNOWDROP WHITE (Below) ~ You'll find my NEW "'28 Charmer (Coffman House)" painting of a classic Colonial filled with family celebrating the season ~ as well as other Spring-inspired pieces peppered throughout this website.



As this season unfolds, look for details about this NEW exhibit at Lindaman's Bistro on my Art Venues page. This friendly seasonal group of paintings celebrating the Spokane area is divided into four themes ~

AN INTERESTING CONNECTION ~ Lindaman's Bistro was not always the engaging eatery folks enjoy today. This diminutive brick structure was in place before nearby Saint John the Evangelist Cathedral was built in 1925-26. The Triesch brothers emigrated from Europe and opened their mercantile here in about 1910.. My friend and client Sara Weaver-Lundberg remebered her grandmother, wife of Peter Tiesch talking about employees watching the grand church take shape. Find Sara's beautiful Storybook-style cottage on my Commission page.


Please visit my Art Venues page for all the details on future events as they unfold in the upcoming months. This page also lists local venues in the Inland Northwest that carry items from my fine art collection year-round.



PITTYPAT GALLERY (CLOSED) ~ For a while longer, my gallery is closed. Spring is my creative time when I'm working on design projects, renovating my gallery, planning my upcoming season ~ and of course, painting NEW canvases to add to my collection.

When OPEN, my gallery offers a huge selection of:

Please phone me at 206.406.1409 for more information and to learn about commissioning original paintings and sketches.

.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). Twice a year, I send postcards in digital email format or hard copy via U.S.P.S. These feature NEW artwork images and list the schedule of my Spring/Summer events and my Fall/Winter /Holiday ones. Frequently, the postcards offer special savings at upcoming artfests and private PittyPat Gallery events.

NOTE ~ Your privacy is very important to me. I NEVER share your personal information.


COMPLETE LIST OF WHERE TO FIND MY WORK ~ My Art Venues page not only shares details about future events, it has a complete list of venues that carry my work in the Northwest. Here's a few:


HELPING OUT IN THE INLAND NW ~ Spokane Preservation Advocates, Friends of Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens, Friends of Coeur d'Alene Park ~ and more!

ANNUAL PROCEEDS ~ I donate a portion of my annual proceeds to the Holy Names Sisters' Retirement Fund, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, the Greater Gonzaga Guild, Spokane Preservation Advocates and many other local non-profits.

ART DONATIONS ~ I also give framed artwork as auction items to the Gonzaga Prep Auction, Light the Way Childhood Cancer, the Ronald McDonald House Cobra Polo Match, First Tee, Wishing Star, Spokane Symphony (Summer Concert at Manito Park and Christmas Tree Elegance at the historic Davenport Hotel ~ and much more.

For a complete list of my causes, please visit my Biography page. You'll find the list near the bottom of the page.




THE STORY ON HOW THIS ARTWORK CAME TO BE ~ One of my favorite paintings is a winter portrait of the historic Hawley House overlooking Cannon Hill Pond, "Shimmering Snowfall on Cannon Hill." The art pictures red cardinals dotting a night sky with softly falling snow. Neighborhood are heading to ice skate on the pond which the Hawley House overlooks.

MY DREAM HOUSE ~ Designed by Whitehouse, it has always been my "dream house," although my husband reminds me that a three-story mansion is NOT practical for a couple in the sixties.

NEW OWNERS ~ Molly, the woman who raised her family of six kids there for over 30 years, purchased the original art of it in 2016 as a Christmas gift for her husband. With her children grown and gone, Molly downsized in Spring 2017, selling the property to young parents with a baby-on-the-way. Mother-to-be Katy saw the print of their new home on display at Lindaman's Bistro, called me and arranged to buy it for her husband's Christmas present.

A GIFT OF GRATITUDE ~ Later, Katy shared how a talented woman named Jami had been a huge help with interior decorating challenges. She also very kindly handled some personal favors that she wouldn't allow Katy to pay for. Add to that, Katy felt Jami had undercharged her for all the work she completed. She wanted to thank Jami in a special way, so she asked me to paint her pretty white Colonial pictured here as a surprise gift. With prompting from Jami's daughter, we chose a picnic theme ~ and as Jami's husband knew about the commission, he asked to have the artwork named "'28 Chamer" as the place was built in 1928.

Highlight ~ This is the third home on Manito Boulevard I've painted in the last 15 years. It is one of prettiest streets on the South Hill, lined with uniquely beautiful homes. No two are alike!






SPRING Is all about new beginnings ~ and lots of green and growing things. Who doesn't love Mother Nature's most beautiful season?

BLOOMING BULBS ~ A few years ago, Doug and I spend a long September weekend planting dozens of daffodil and tulip bulbs in the beds bordering our front walkway. (See our handiwork on the pdf at the foot of this section.) We found that we had over-bought, so we circled the birdbaths in our rose garden and added the rest of the bulbs to the gardens in front of our house. Previous owners planted snowdrops in all the front gardens years before we bought our place, so with all these beautiful flowers, our yard is inspiring this time of year. The neighbors love it! A while back when we were on vacation in April, we received several photos from the folks across the street who didn't want us to miss their "view."

CELEBRATING WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS ~ One of our favorite things is entertaining ~ friends, family ~ or both. Doug and I love every aspect of this ~ from planning and preparing the meals to dressing up the dining room table to popping the champagne cork during dessert. Spring holidays are the perfect excuse to spoil folks with a holiday brunch. Festive food and fun ~ what could be better?

SPRINGTIME MOTIF ~ Decorating our home for spring is a fun tradition I love. After the gray, muted shades of winter, the jewel tones throughout the house that spill on to our front porch are SO welcome. Ten years ago when I was moonlighting one night a week at a local April Cornell Boutique (, I bought a set of table linens embellished with peach and white cabbage roses on a robin's egg blue background (pictured here). White birds in whimsical birdhouses sit in the center of the dining room table and gather on both sides of the fireplace. For Mother's day, I replace the birdhouse here with a huge bouquet fragrant white lilacs.

Highlight ~ See the wonderful article celebrating this accomplished textile designer in last year's March/April 2017 issue of Victoria magazine, "April Cornell ~ Conversing in Color." You can find this at most libraries under "Periodicals."

MY MOTHER SALLY ~ Everything I know about decorating for the seasons, I learned from my mother. She is often busy at her sewing machine creating something with her fine artistic “eye." Sally still enjoys dressing her home for the holidays. She loves entertaining friends and family with her signature flair and style. At 90 going on 39, she always inspires ~ and my sisters and I love carrying on her traditions.

To see more of images of our decor, click on this image or on At Home with Spring's Pretty Palette pdf.





WELCOME ~ You're here!


WHAT'S NEW ~ The "HEART OF SPRING COLOR" Collection, as shared above, features 36 paintings (five are NEW!) divided into six color groups from the Northwest, Southwest, Great Britain and beyond. The artwork features beloved B&Bs, historic mansion event centers, private homes in many architectural styles ~ and more!

2018 & 2017 ART OVERVIEW ~ You'll also find a pdf with ALL 16 NEW works completed this year and last ~ with many more to be added this year!


CALENDAR & ART JOURNALS ~ 25 Years of Calendars with My 2019 Edition and a NEW 5th Edition of Perpetual-Life Journals This Year, Too!

COMPLETELY SOLD OUT ~ 2018 Calendars and 4th Edition Perpetual-Life Journals

NEW! 25TH ANNIVERSARY CALENDERS ~ Look for previews of my 25th Anniversary 2019 calendars soon on my Calendar page. These special milestone editions are set to debut in late spring/early summer. Look for a record number of works of NEW settings like Spokane's Flower Mill, Manito Park's Pergola at the Rose Garden, The Corbin Art Center in the D.C. Corbin Mansion, First Presbyterian Church, a historic Corbin Park Halloween-themed mansion ~ and more!

Although the three 2018 calendars are sold out, you can still see the paintings (many of them recently completed) in each issue by visiting my Calendar page or by clicking on the bold red titles for each one listed below. It is possible that you may be able to locate an issue or two by visiting my Art Venues page and phoning one of the vendors listed there.

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

2018 NEW "CELEBRATING OUR CITY PARKS" ~ This 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.


COMPLETELY SOLD OUT ~ 4th Edition Perpetual Life Journals

NEW FEATURE ~ In these two 4th editions for the first time, historical photos and background stories accompanied each journal image. This feature was so popular, it will continue with the NEW 5th edition currently being created. 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 visit 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 and more as they unfold throughout the year. This page lists dates, times, addresses, phone numbers, web sites (where available) 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 frequently updated list of charitable causes I've supported in 2017 and 2018 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 decades 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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