"Believe the best ~ you can work miracles by having FAITH in others." ~ Bob Moawad
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 as dawn was breaking.
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 touring Saint Ives 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 (United Kingdom)" and on my What's New page.
SPRING 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"
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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.
This artwork pictures the vintage cottage-style clubhouse 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 learning the game as a youngster.
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.
"AVIARY ON EIGHT ~ R.O.C.C." (VANCOUVER, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 2003 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
My husband Doug and three of his buddies (Joe Ebner, Ric Metzger and Brent Orrico) competed in a men’s invitational golf tournament every spring at Royal Oaks Country Club (RoyalOaks.net) in picturesque Vancouver, Washington.
Not only was the course beautifully laid out and immaculately landscaped (as you can see by this artwork), it also featured some wonderful visual touches like foot-paths through the woods, little stone bridges, “squirrel” markers at the tee boxes and whimsical bird houses like the one I pictured in this scene. But don’t let these extras fool you.
Royal Oaks has always been one of the toughest courses in the Pacific Northwest with its narrow fairways, meandering streams, ponds and ball-eating old growth trees. Over the years, upgrades have been made to the course to make the golf experience even more challenging for folks, so this little bit of whimsy on hole #8 became a casualty.
Highlight ~ My husband began competing in this event with his father Russ nearly 30 years ago and rarely missed the much anticipated annual trip to play here in June.
"OVERLAKE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB" (MEDINA, WA • PAINTED MAY 2001 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Located just east of Lake Washington in the small upscale community of Medina, private Overlake Gold & Country Club (Overlake.Club) was breathtakingly beautiful in the spring of 2001 when I painted this portrait of the clubhouse and pro shop.
Every year, gardeners planted the flower beds at the tee boxes on all 18 holes of the golf course with thousands of bulbs ~ tulips, daffodils, crocuses and more. In full bloom, these were quite an inspiration for its members and guests who came to enjoy the golf course at that time of year.
This elite club on King County’s Eastside has had several famous members on its roster ~ including Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Steve Balmer as well as several well known sports figures.
Highlight ~ My passionate golfer husband Doug holds Overlake unbeaten record as the all-time winner with eleven victories as the Men's Club champion.
"CELEBRATING AT SEATTLE GOLF CLUB" (THE HIGHLANDS, SEATTLE, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2010 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This is a portrait of the handsome old clubhouse designed for the Seattle Golf Club (SeattleGolfClub.com) by the renowned Spokane architect, Kirtland K. Cutter.
Built in the early 1900s, this building is adjacent to “The Highlands," a very elite neighborhood that is home to some of Seattle’s wealthiest residents ~ like the Boeing, Stimson and Nordstrom families. There has always been an extremely long waiting list for folks wishing to become members of one of Puget Sounds oldest and most respected private golf clubs.
This painting pictured my friend Marie McElhaney’s wedding to Graydon Marting (her parents were country club members there) on a spectacular sunny day. I included some of her wedding party, new husband and new stepson and delighted girlfriends on hand to celebrate.
Highlight ~ This handsome vintage clubhouse has been maintained beautifully for over 100 years.
HOLIDAY GOLF SETTINGS (GOLFING SANTAS, SNOWMEN, ELVES 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 CHRISTMAS SCENE)
Entire Fire Department Collection pdf ~ Click on this 2-page pdf to see all 8 paintings.
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.
"STATION #1 AND THE OLD STEAMER (E.F.D.) " (EVERETT, WA, • PAINTED OCTOBER 1993 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 16X20-INCH)
The immaculate vintage Ahrens Fox 1906 pumper (otherwise known simply as “The Steamer”) has always been an Everett Fire Department iconic much loved vehicle.
The steamer was delivered to the community’s fire department in December 1907 ~ well over a century ago.
I painted this portrait of it in the early 1990s, picturing it parked in front of what once was the very first fire station in Everett, Washington. Sadly, when traffic through town was revised to make way for Interstate 5, this charming stucco one-story building was demolished.
Highlight ~ For many years, folks were able to see the old vehicle sparkling like a dime with local firefighters at the reins when Everett celebrated “Salty Seas Days” with a big parade. That annual community event inspired this painting.
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.
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
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.
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)
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!
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)
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.
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 had 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.
Highlight ~ The artwork would not have been complete without the area's signature Haystack Rock in the background.
THE UNITED KINGDOM (CORNWALL, ENGLAND AND WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA)
"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, known as the “Cornish Riviera.” My destination was St. Ives, a beloved artists’ colony where during my three-day visit, I stayed at the charming 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 afforded a breathtaking 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 ~ A trip to Saint Ives had been a dream of mine for year ~ inspired by novels written by renowned English storyteller, Rosamunde Pilcher. In her books, she called this seaside villages "Porthkerris." See the photo of its picturesque harbor at the top of this page.
NEW! "WINTER WEDDING AT WHISTLER" (WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, U.K. • PAINTED SEPTEMBER MARCH 2017 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'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.
Highlight ~ 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
TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN (ONCE PART OF THE FORMER SOVIET UNION)
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 (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.
NEW! "KINDRED SPIRITS KITTIES" (CAT WHISKER LANE, KENMORE, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2017 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 5x7-INCH)
My sister Marilee has always been a dyed-in-the-wool kitty lover. For as long as I can remember, her home has always included a little furry feline or two.
And, as you can see by the setting noted above, when I created this artwork, the street leading to her home was named “Cat Whisker Lane” ~ perfectly fitting for her two buddies Cookie (the black and white one) and Lady (the tabby) pictured here. Sadly, Marilee and her sweetheart Ronnie lost Cookie a few months before I finished this piece.
As my sister had a “milestone” birthday coming up, I was inspired to paint this special memento to honor the love she holds in her heart for her pets. As Marilee’s birthday fell in late April, I pictured the two cats cuddling together in her garden surrounded by pretty pink tulips.
Highlight ~ Marilee has always been blessed with a very “green thumb.”
"THE FRIENDLY FOREST" (IMAGINARY SETTING • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2000 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This was a portrait I created of several furry woodland creatures who would rarely be seen in the same setting together ~ especially in such a calm and peaceful atmosphere. And that’s the point!
These critters (two squirrels, a seagull, brown bear, giraffe, butterfly, lion, fawn and tiger) have all made friends with one-another and are happily gathered together in this friendly forest scene ~ thus the name of the painting.
Highlight ~ I created this fun, whimsical piece as a special gift honoring the very first birthday of my Godson, Scot Simpson. His mother Jan had decorated his bedroom with a jungle theme when he was a toddler.
CHRISTMAS COLLECTION (ARTWORK IN ADDITION TO HOLIDAY GOLF ABOVE 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.
'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!
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