"No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be kittens." ~ Abraham Lincoln

 

This page features a collection of subjects and settings from all over America and beyond that have touched my heart and inspired me over my many years as an "AMERICANA" fine artist.

THE COAST OF CORNWALL ~ The photo here pictures the seaside village harbor of St. Ives in Winter, dusted with a light coating of snow.

Made famous by British author Rosamunde Picher's books "The Shell Seekers," "The Day of the Storm" and "Coming Home," I visited the artists' colony in 2002 when in U.K. with my husband on his 50th birthday trip. While he was golfing with pals at Turnberry, I spent several days at Saint Ive's galleries, beaches and exploring the village Pilcher called "Porthkerris" in her books and stories.

I completed a portrait of the pretty two-story Belyar's Croft Inn overlooking this harbor where I stayed during my visit. You'll find the artwork below in the "Other Settings (The United Kingdom)."

 

WINTER 2018 ~ FIVE GROUPS IN THE MORE COLLECTIONS

I've divided this collection into five groups with sub-categories. Each highlights paintings which often revolve with the seasons.

 

NEW ARTWORK, GROUP PDFS &"THE BIG LIST"

ENJOY ~ and click on Ordering for details on purchasing any of the artwork featured here (now accepting Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express).

 

 

 

 

 

GOLF &CLUBHOUSES (PACIFIC NORTHWEST AND BEYOND ~ INCLUDING SCOTLAND DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SEASON)

Entire Golf Collection (Some Holiday) pdf ~ Click on this 4-page pdf to see all 17 golf settings.

"SNOWY SENTINEL AT R.O.C.C." (ROYAL OAKS COUNTRY CLUB, VANCOUVER, WA • PAINTED OCTOBER 2000 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

I painted this piece after joining my husband and three of his best golf pals at a special invitation golf tournament held at Royal Oaks Country Club (RoyalOaks.net) in Vancouver, WA.

This golf club was one of the prettiest that I had ever seen in all my travels and visits to other courses all over the west coast. Special features were its huge oak trees, evergreens, lush flower gardens and streams that meandered throughout its 18 holes. A number of stone bridges criss-crossed these and one at hole #5 was actually covered with grass. When it came time to create our golf-themed Christmas card art in 2000, this pretty bridge came to mind.

I dusted the scene with snow and painted a tartan-clad snowy “Sentinel” standing guard. A few years later, the artwork was published in the Royal Oaks "Divoteer" newsletter and a framed reproduction of hung during the holiday season every year in the clubhouse.

Highlight ~ This was one of the first pieces of Christmas card art I've painted for my husband each year to honor his love of the "greatest game."

NEW! "KRIS KRINGLE'S GOLF GETAWAY" (ALTA MESA COUNTRY CLUB, MESA, AZ • PAINTED NOVEMBER 2016 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 5X7-INCH)

With all of the gifts and goodies safely delivered around the world on December 24th, Kris Kringle treated himself to a golf getaway in the Southwest on Christmas Day.

One of Santa’s elves volunteered for caddy duty ~ even though he was so short, he had to use pixie dust to get the clubs back in the bag and push the cart around the course! Santa spent a perfect day enjoying manicured fairways and lightening fast greens ~ a welcome reward for a job well done!

Highlight ~ This was the 18th holiday golf painting I created to honor my husband’s passion for the game. A dear friend (and much thinner than Santa here) Greg Killian posed for the this festively dressed putter in front of the Alta Mesa Country Club clubhouse in Arizona.

 

 

HOLIDAY GOLF SETTINGS (GOLFING SANTAS, SNOWMEN, ELVES, TRAINS AND MORE)

Entire Santas /Snowmen Golf Collection pdf ~ Click on this 3-page pdf to see all 14 paintings. Note ~ Actual settings like Saint Andrews, Carnoustie and several courses in the United States are part of the collection above.

NEW! "FESTIVE FIVESOME AT CANDY CANE LINKS" (ALTA MESA COUNTRY CLUB, MESA, AZ • PAINTED NOVEMBER 2017 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 5X7-INCH)

I painted this portrait of my sweetheart Doug and me with jolly ol' Saint Nicholas dressed in festive plaid. Two of Santa's ace golfing buddy snowmen have flanked him on both sides. I've bordered the friendly scene with Ponderosa pine boughs and evergreen branches laden with scarlet Christmas balls.

Doug has always loved the "Greatest Game," as he refers to golf. It's his passion and he's been very good at it since early grade school years ~ hovering around a 2 handicap for most of his life.

Dressed for an outing with Mr. "C." and his pals, even though snowflakes are falling and the evening is frosty, there is magic in the air for this festive fivesome!

Highlight ~ This artwork marked the 6th painting in the "Candy Cane Links" collection and the 19th holiday golf-themed painting I've created for our Christmas card art ~ my annual gift to Dougie each Christmas!

"SANTA'S HOLIDAY HAZARD" (IMAGINARY GOLF SCENE • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2002 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH

Oops! Santa’s golf ball flew into the “drink” ~ and he through the ice with it!

Our feckless Saint Nicholas, finished at last with his annual Christmas toy delivery, was enjoying a much deserved game of golf when this happened! And he’s embarrassed ~ as it’s not a private moment! Santa

Claus found himself surrounded by a gallery of inquisitive forest creatures (a brown bear, three squirrels, a fawn, a pair of “thumper” bunny rabbits and a flock of crimson cardinals) who are just a little surprised to find him in their middle of their ice skating pond ~ also known on this golf course as the “water hazard.”

Better luck next time, Santa Claus. Don’t you know, like all the rest of us golfers do, that it’s best to keep the ball on the fairway?

Highlight ~ The Santa Claus here was patterned on one of my husband Doug's oldest dearest friends, fantastic golfer Ric Metzger who had just passed away the summer before this artwork was painted. See "Carting the Tree to the Clubhouse" below for another Ric-inspired painting.

"TEE IT UP TRAIN" (IMAGINARY GOLF SCENE • PAINTED OCTOBER 2006 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 5X7-INCH)

The timing here for this festive holiday scene was undeniably the day after Christmas ~ as Santa Claus was at the helm of this whimsical steam engine chugging by the little Victorian railway station along the tracks on the way to the golf course.

A flock of Canadian geese were watching over us from above in this sunny winter scene. I pictured my husband Doug and me waving “Best Holiday Wishes” from the passenger car. Next to us In the coal car were our while our favorite two kittiewinks Andy and Sophie who had stowed away that morning to keep us company.

Highlight ~ when this piece was painted, these two little furry friends had just joined our family ~ being our constant companions (Andy for Doug and Sophie for me) for the rest of their “nine lives.”

"CARTING THE TREE TO THE CLUBHOUSE" (IMAGINARY HOLIDAY GOLF SCENE • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2010 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 5X7-INCH)

In this piece Santa Claus was all dressed up in his festively colored “plus-fours” as he was in charge of the Christmas tree detail at the clubhouse for Candy Cane Links ~ his own private golf course at the North Pole.

What better way than to tie down the giant evergreen to the top of his candy cane-inspired electric golf cart? Oops . . . that load of holiday lights was about to fall out of the back!

Highlight ~ This painting was also inspired by my husband Doug’s dear friend Ric Metzger who had the habit of careening around Overlake Golf & Country Club snagging tree limbs that more often than not refused to budge from the roof of his golf cart until he’d finished his 18 holes. Doug had the photo to prove it! See "Santa's Holiday Hazard" above for more on Ric.

 

 

 

 

FIRE DEPARTMENTS (EVERETT, ARLINGTON AND OTHER FIRE DEPARTMENTS INCLUDING A CRISTMAS SCENE)

Entire Fire Department Collection pdf ~ Click on this 2-page pdf to see all 8 paintings.

"OLD STATION #2 (E.F.D.)" (EVERETT, WA, • PAINTED NOVEMBER 1991• ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 16X20-INCH)

The vintage Everett Fire Department Headquarters located at  2801 Oakes Avenue in downtown Everett, Washington, was occupied for the first time on June 25, 1925. In those days, the entire structure was heated with sawdust.

Over the years, a few minor alterations were made to the exterior of the building. The bi-fold doors and small paned windows were replaced with more modern, easy to use door and the intricate art deco sconces flanking the entryway disappeared along with the flagpole on the roof.

Other than these changes, the structure has largely retained most of its original character. Old Station #2  is registered as a historical landmark in. Notice the firefighters in vintage uniforms and the steamer and old fire engine in the headquarters’ bays.

Highlight ~ The original painting was given to firefighter Michael Lambert (retired EMS Chief) and became part of this private collection.

"HOSE #2 AT CHRISTMASTIME (Detail)" (IMAGINARY HOLIDAY SETTING, • PAINTED DECEMBER 1993 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 16X20-INCH)

I painted this fictional turn-of-the-century Victorian-style fire station decorated for the Christmas holidays with two huge holly holiday wreaths hung on each side of the building.

Inspired by artwork painted by famed “Americana” artist Charles Wysocki, I created this festive piece for Everett, WA Fire Department EMS Fire Chief Mike Lambert as Christmas card art. He liked the holiday painting so much that he gave framed prints to his friends, family and fellow firefighters that year. He owned several portraits of fire stations in Everett and this artwork made a nice addition to his collection of fire department-related artwork.

The image shared here was just a detail of the larger piece which featured a glittering Christmas tree on the station’s rooftop.

"RIDING IN THE SALTY SEAS DAY PARADE" (EVERETT, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 1994 • 16X20-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.

"HARD AT WORK (E.F.D)" (EVERETT, WASHINGTON • PAINTED NOVEMBER 1992 •ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 16X20-INCH)

Station #4, Everett Fire Department (EverettFirefighters.org) was constructed of stucco and blond multi-colored brick masonry on 701 Mukilteo Boulevard, Everett, Washington. Opening mid-century in 1948. Arvid Johnson, a retired firefighter who went into political life in his community, was responsible for the construction of the modest little fire station.

The first fire engine to be housed there was a late 1940s Kenworth. The structure to the left of the station was built by Firefighter's Local 46 to house on display the vintage Ahren's Fox 1906 pumper, known affectionately among the guys as “The Steamer.” Over the years, the flower gardens the firefighters planted at Station #4 were known for their lush color around the community as evidenced by this portrait.

Because the structures were built on a landfill, over the years the floor gradually sank to a total of eight inches by the time that it was retired and closed in 1991. One story has it that originally the tower was constructed to the height of the window, but was found to be too short to accommodate the fire hose, so it was extended further up.

Highlight ~ The original painting was completed for retired EMS Chief Michael Lambert who commissioned this piece in 1992 so it could be hung on the wall of a fellow firefighter’s hospital room who was losing his battle with life after a long career.

 

 

 

 

OTHER SETTINGS (THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, ARIZONA, THE MIDWEST, NEW ENGLAND, GREAT BRITAIN AND UZBEKISTAN OF THE FORMER SOVIET UNION)

Entire Other Settings Collection pdf ~ Click on this 5-page pdf to see all 22 paintings

THE MIDWEST & NEW ENGLAND

"SCOTT'S PENNSLVANIA PALACE" (DOWNINGTON , PA. • PAINTED DECEMBER 2008 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This traditional brick two-story colonial house was the home of the Scott family in the charming community of Downington, PA. Handsomely detailed, the family just loved this handsome two-story brick beauty ~ and thus it became the scene of lots of friendly get-togethers.

The four Scotts are pictured on their front lawn enjoying a picnic with all the usual trimmings ~ sandwiches, potato chips, fresh veggies and fruit, lemonade ~ and of course, huge slices of watermelon.

Highlight ~ I painted this artwork for Christine Scott, an executive with Microsoft who had been transferred to the East coast. It was the third in a series of three pieces she commissioned as a Christmas gift for her husband to remind them of the wonderful times they shared in the Pacific Northwest. Note ~ Their Orcas Island wedding portrait is featured on my Bridal page.

"OLD OLE ULVESTAD FARM" (CHOKO, MN • PAINTED OCTOBER 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This vintage farmhouse located in Choko, Minnesota, looks much the same as it did when it was built in 1899 by Ole Ulvestad. Notice the black buckboard buggy behind the house in the painting ~ a common mode of transportation at the time, especially in this rural area. Although a bit weather-beaten, the construction of the house must have been very sturdy for it to be standing well over 100 years. Only the windows and perhaps the roof of the structure appear to have been replaced.

This piece was commissioned by Patricia Hampton and featured her father’s entire family. Most of his eight sisters wore their “Sunday best” frocks sewn from the same red plaid bolt of fabric by their mother (back upper right) which was I am told was a very common practice in those days. Her dad was the little guy in the front row.

An avid genealogist, this painting was inspired by Pat’s journey to the Midwest in the summer of 2009 to see the family’s Minnesota farm. She commissioned this piece as a memento and gave framed prints to her brothers and sisters as gifts at Christmastime that year.

Highlight ~ I was happy to let her use the image to highlight the memory book she compiled on her family’s history. (Photo of the Ulvestad farmhouse courtesy of Patricia Hampton.)

 

 

ARIZONA (CAREFREE, SCOTTSDALE AND MESA)

"DESERT DELIGHT" (MESA, AZ. • PAINTED MAY 2008 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

In 2003, Doug and I discovered a cozy Mesa, Arizona patio home ~ as it was referred to in the brochure about the complex known as "Mission Square at Alta Mesa." This little Southwest-style stucco "casita" with its traditional red tile roof overlooked the 17th green of Alta Mesa Country Club and brought to fruition my husband's "bucket list" dream of doing a bit of "snow-birding" when he retired.

Doug attended college at Arizona State University on a golf scholarship in the early 1970s and loved Arizona's warm dry climate, so spending some days in this part of the United States was very appealing to him. His folks Russ and Kathleen had both passed by 2002, so he used the money from his inheritance to help make this happen.

Many hours of fun and relaxation were created here ~ an occasional respite from the gloomy days that the Pacific Northwest serves up after Christmastime. We’re pictured in front of this “desert delight” ~ about to enjoy a barbecue with folks in the area.

Highlight ~ For years, gal pals who lived in this friendly little complex rode laps in the evening several times around the interior circular drive on one-speed bicycles ~ each one bike a different color!

"DESERT DREAM HOUSE" (SCOTTSDALE, AZ • PAINTED •ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This beautiful Southwest-style home was once the residence of my dear friend Marie Marx during her marriage to Rick Strohm.

During our high school days, Marie, my sister Marilee and I waited until 5:00 p.m. every evening for Marie's mother and Marilee and my dad to finish their work days and collect us after school. Hours of conversation and sharing helped us mark our time together most afternoons at Holy Names Academy.

Although our careers and personal lives drew us to opposite ends of the United States, Marie and I always stayed friends, encouraging and supporting each other.

One of her dreams when she was married to Rick had been to build this handsome one-story against the backdrop of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale. It was a project that she and Rick work on together with their architect ~ and the results were pretty special. In early 2002, I visited her on her milestone 50th birthday and gave her this artwork of her home.

When Doug and I relocated from Seattle back to Spokane, Marie soon came back to the Pacific Northwest as well. She continued her very successful career in Spokane, WA as a film producer specializing in videos for non-profits. She was honored in 2017, winning the first place in the L.A. International Video Short category.

 

 

OREGON & THE OREGON COAST (ASHLAND, MEDFORD, OCEAN SHORES AND CANNON BEACH)

"AQUILA VISTA" (ASHLAND, OR • PAINTED JULY 2016 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Italian for “Eagle View,” Aquila Vista has always enjoyed the sweeping view of Rogue Valley and Ashland, Oregon ~ sometimes from above the clouds.

This scene was created from a reproduction with new painted details added to give the earlier completed artwork a holiday theme.

The beautiful home was built to take advantage of the view in a grove of madrones, pine trees and shrubbery. Note the tree house tucked into the forest above the home. The couple living there when this portrait was completed, shared, “It’s been a wonderfully restful place to enjoy a glass of local wine and local wildlife (deer, elk, bears, eagles and more).” Vista Aquila was the perfect gift from Mike to Karen and they both love it!

Highlight ~ Remarkably, Karen and I worked together in the early 2000s at the Eddie Bauer Sportswear headquarters in Bellevue, Washington. When it came time for a portrait of her home, she tracked me down and very kindly gave me the artwork commission.

"DOUG'S DREAM HOUSE" (CANNON BEACH, OR • PAINTED MARCH 1998 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 11x14-INCH)

“Doug’s Dream House (The Needles)” • CANNON BEACH, OREGON • PAINTED MARCH 1998 • 11X14-INCH

I completed this portrait of Cannon Beach's historic “Needles” log cabin lodge for my husband Doug a couple of years before we were married. The painting commemorated a wonderful Valentine’s Day weekend getaway spent at this beloved seaside community on the Oregon Coast ~ our first vacation together.

On a morning beach walk that Sunday, he shared with me that this unique rustic log beauty was his “dream house,” his favorite in Cannon Beach. He even scrambled up the steep bank between the beach and the house to snap some for me ~ which resulted in the surprise birthday artwork gift I gave to him that year for his birthday.

Highlight ~ Doug and I spent several Thanksgivings at this destination after we were married, once with his parents and two more with my mother Sally ~ magical special memories!

 

 

THE UNITED KINGDOM (CORNWALL, ENGLAND AND WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA)

NEW! "WINTER WEDDING AT WHISTLER"" (WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, U.K. • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2009 • ACRYLIC • 5X7-INCH)

This portrait of beautiful Whistler Village in British Columbia was completed to honor the marriage of some very dear friends of ours, Michele Rostron and Brent Orrico.

Brent Orrico has been one of my husband’s best and closest buddies since childhood years growing up in the Clyde Hill neighborhood of Bellevue, Washington.

Brent's extended family owned a vacation home in Whistler, British Columbia for many years. Thus, this iconic setting was prettiest place that Doug’s ski-loving pal could have chosen for his small winter wedding ceremony.

As pictured here in this painting , the marriage was held outdoors near the skating rink, and yes, Brent asked that I paint Doug and me into the scene among the ice skaters as unfortunately, it was impossible for us to join the couple. The crisp evening was lovely with light snow dusting Whistler Village. I pictured Brent and his fiancé Michele sharing their vows as his brother Dean officiated on Saint Patrick’s Day, 2017.

"BEAUTIFUL BELYAR'S CROFT" (ST. IVES IN CORNWALL, ENGLAND, U.K. • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2004 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

When I journeyed to England in 2002 with my husband Doug and two of his buddies, Brent Orrico and Ric Metzger, we were there to celebrate my husband’s passion for golf. We wanted to experience the excitement of playing many of the British Open courses.

When the boys headed to the west side of Scotland, which included Turnberry and other revered courses, I boarded a train south for England’s Coast of Cornwall, otherwise known as the “Cornish Riviera.” My destination was St. Ives, a beloved artists’ colony where during my three-day visit, I stayed at the handsome structure pictured here. The friendly innkeepers shared that Belyar's Croft had once been the home of a successful local sea captain. Built in the late 1800s on a hillside overlooking the harbor, it was a five-minute walk from to the heart of St. Ives and boasted a magnificent view of the Atlantic from nearly every room in the place.

The stucco-and-stone three-story was surrounded by lush, colorful gardens lovingly tended by the charming husband and wife proprietors who did a fine job of making their guests feel like ”family.”

Highlight ~ This trip was more than a special birthday gift to my husband Doug. it was the last time he was able to spend quality time with his close friend Ric who passed away a short time after we returned home.

 

 

TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN (ONCE PART OF THE FORMER SOVIET UNION)

"THE OCTOBER REVOLUTION CELEBRATION PARADE" (UZBEKISTAN, FORMER SOVIET UNION • PAINTED FEBRUARY 1988 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

During my two-week journey to three destinations in what was once the former U.S.S.R. in October and November 1988, our group of assorted travelers was incredibly lucky that our trip coincide with the annual celebration of the 1917 October Revolution (the overthrow of the Tsarist royal form of government in Russia).

This painting pictured the parade marchers, a handsome float and some of the visiting Americans in our group. The color that day everywhere was "red," the hue most associated with "power." This wascertainly not an accident, although "Peristroika" and the open-minded notion of "coming together" was at its height as Gorbechov was in office. I’m pictured in a red sweater standing next to trip organizer (in sunglasses), Ron King.

Highlight ~This original artwork was hung in a gallery in Tashkent, Uzbekistan at the invitation of a museum curator who had befriended us all during our visit to the city.

"THE CHILDREN OF TASHKENT" (UZBEKISTAN, FORMER SOVIET UNION • PAINTED FEBRUARY 1988 • ACRYLIC ON •8X10-INCH)

As I mentioned above in 1988, I journeyed to the former U.S.S.R. with a group of about 25 Americans from Seattle on a good will trip. Tashkent had been chosen as a Seattle "Sister City" a number of years before ~ and Mayor Charles Royer's wife had grown up in this part of the Soviet Union. This community was one of three destinations we visited ~ the others being Moscow and Leningrad (now St. Petersberg).

In Tashkent, my friends and I made friends with a group of local folks who welcomed us with open arms. We were lucky enough to spend an entire day at one of Tashkent’s day schools for children where we were entertained with dancing, singing and poetry readings in surprisingly fluent English by the youngsters. This amazed us all as our visit had been completely impromptu.

I painted the Russian-style classroom where each prominently displayed a portrait of Lenin ~ reminding me of the United States in the 1950s with George Washington's portrait on the wall as well. Unique too was nap time during the school day there. Taking a nap actually meant sleeping in a bed where pillows were decoratively shaped into pyramids.

Highlight ~ This painting of the school children was also hung in a gallery in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Click on my Biography page for more information on this fascinating unique trip.

 

 

 

 

OTHER SUBJECTS (UNIQUE IMAGINARY SETTINGS PLUS PORTRAITS OF CHILDREN, PETS AND MORE)

Entire Other Subjects Collection pdf ~ Click on this 3-page pdf to see all 12 paintings.

"FRIENDLY FURRY FELINES" (IMAGINARY SETTING • PAINTED AUGUST 1999 • IMAGINARY SETTING • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 11x14-INCH)

Kitties galore! My sisters Marilee, Peggy and I have always been cat lovers. If you look carefully, you can see us pictured in the background of this painting on the window seats on each side of the fireplace. I created this piece as a special tribute to our three sweetheart kitties as they all passed away within months of each other one year. All three were blessed with their own distinctly unique personalities.

Peggy’s was the calico named Zoe-Chloe who spent most of her time exploring outdoors. She was great at catching hapless mice and birds ~ unwelcome treats for my sister at her back door.

Marilee’s Betty Kitty was the big white fluffy one who yearned to be outside, but lived out her days as an indoor “condo-cat” because of Marilee's CC & Rs at that condominium complex

My big black cat KC (short for Kitty Cat) was a tried and true lazy bones who was perfectly content with his lot in life. When he was my "roommate," as I lived on the fourth floor of a high-rise with the outdoor roaming confined to sitting on the deck.

"BACON, LETTUCE & TOMATO" (SEATTLE, WA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 1977 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This artwork celebrated "Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato," a jazz trio comprised of Paul West, Gail Clements and Rolf Johnson. The trio delighted dozens of Seattleites during the 1970s and 1980s. Specializing in clever lyrics and harmony similar to the then extremely popular group Manhattan Transfer, this popular tio filled a special niche in Seattle's music scene.

When my sister and I first discovered them, they were performing at the Terry Avenue Freight House nightclub in a vintage railroad car. Their stage was the platform at the south end of the bar. Every set of eyes in the packed place was glued to these three talented musicians ~ all of whom could carry a tune very nicely! Remarkable was their age span ~ Rolf was in his early twenties, Gail in her thirties and Paul, his mid-forties.

Over the years, we all became close, socializing together during their off hours. I dated Paul West for several years and Gail became a lifelong friend to my sister Marilee and me. Sadly, both Paul West and Gail "Roxie" Clements have passed away.

Highlight ~ I completed this early work for Gail as a birthday gift when the trio was at the height of its popularity in the late 1970s.

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS COLLECTION (ARTWORK IN ADDITION TO HOLIDAY GOLF AND NEIGHBORHOOD SCENES IN OTHER COLLECTIONS)

Entire Christmas Collection pdf ~ Click on this 1-page pdf to see all 4 paintings. Note ~ This collection is in addition to the Golfing Santa/Snowmen artwork featured near the top of this page.

"PEACE ON EARTH (NATIVITY SCENE)" (BETHLEHEM, JUDEA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 1977 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This quiet little stable scene was another of the six original paintings noted above that I completed for family members in 1977.

Devout Catholics, when my brothers, sisters and I were youngsters, my parents waged the constant battle to of pushing Santa Claus and his toy-making elves into the background. They tried to keep Christ in "Christmas," which was of course, the real reason for celebrating this holiday in the first place.

For years, we attended Midnight Mass at Sacred Heart Hospital's chapel with its sky blue ceiling. In later years, my parents drove our family to the Immaculate Heart Retreat House out on Spokane's Moran Prairie where the Wessel family sang carols beautifully before the service began.

With these fond memories, it was easy to create this little painting honoring Mary, Joseph and the birth of the baby Jesus.

Highlight ~ For decades, my parents hung this artwork near the tree at Christmastime.

"TURKEY WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS" (IMAGINARY • PAINTED FEBRUARY 1977 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

'I’ve painted a dozens of holiday pieces over the years ~ I just LOVE Christmas and my husband Doug has always referred to me the “Christmas Queen.” For the past 40+ years, I’ve created special paintings for my greeting cards ~ that is up until I married Doug in April 2000 (from then on Golfing Holiday was the theme in honor of his passion for the game).

“Turkey with All the Trimmings” was one of six original paintings I finished for my family members in 1977. This piece pictured all six of us Simpsons with Sally mom cradeling her youngest son Bob on her lap. We're all lounging on the comfy window seat cushions waiting for my father Joe to unveil his masterpiece ~ "Mr. Gobbler."

Highlight ~ My creative mother Sally sewed each of her Simpson daughters red cordutoy jumpers which she paired with lace-trimmed crisp puffed sleeve blouses ~ these outfit only came out at Christmastime!

 

Click on the Red Hand graphic here to access "The BIG List" of ALL of the More Collection artwork. Titles are listed in caps alphabetically by group and linked in bold red type to pages throughout this WINTER edition of the webstie.

 

 

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