"In matters of principle, stand like a rock. In matters of taste, swim with the current." ~ Thomas Jefferson
Many in the greater Seattle area believe that it is one of the prettiest regions in the entire Pacific Northwest.
You'll find handsome stunning architecture like Seattle's iconic Space Needle, lush parks and gardens (because of the area's prolific rainfall) in nearly every community on the west side of the state. Majestic settings like Mount Rainier, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades offer some of Mother Nature's most diverse, beautiful handiwork.
THE WATER ~ Of course, the water everywhere has a lot to do with the beauty ~ Puget Sound, Lake Union, Lake Sammamish and Lake Washington. The photo here shares the iconic Seattle skyline overlooking Puget Sound from Alki Beach.
What could be more beautiful this time of year?
SUMMER 2017 ~ FOUR GROUPS IN THE PUGET SOUND COLLECTION
I've divided this collection into four groups with sub-categories. Each group highlights neighborhoods, communities and well-known beloved regional areas. In most cases, the artwork revolves with and reflects the seasons and holidays.
NEW ARTWORK, GROUP PDFS &"THE BIG LIST"
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SEATTLE (BALLARD, CAPITOL HILL, LESCHI, MAGNOLIA, PIONEER SQUARE, PORTAGE BAY, QUEEN ANNE, VIEW RIDGE AND WALLINGFORD)
Entire Seattle Collection pdf ~ Click on the 3-page pdf to see all 14 paintings. Note ~ Some views are details of larger paintings.
Boats of all sizes and shapes ~ yachts, cruisers, fishing boats, sailing vessels, ferries and more ~ have always been a huge part of leisure life in the Puget Sound region. Rumor had it that there were more in Puget Sound than in any other part of the United States.
When I painted this portrait of the Seattle Yacht Club (SeattleYachtClub.org.) on Seattle’s Portage Bay, I took quite a bit of poetic license with the property in the foreground ~ creating a lily pad-laden inlet with swans swimming around a beautiful yacht.
The cruiser belonged to longtime friends Gail and Dick Klein. Gail was the songstress in the local jazz trio BLT and band members Paul West and Lee Phelps and their wives were shown waiting to board the “Honeybun.
Gail commissioned this piece as a special surprise “milestone” birthday gift for her husband.
"Diane's Darling Brick Beauty" (MAGNOLIA NEIGHBORHOOD, SEATTLE, WA • PAINTED APRIL 1998 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
This charming two-story brick Tudor cottage trimmed in black was the first home that Bill Pryor and Diane LoPriori shared when they were married.
With tireless attention to detail, the couple (and Diane in particular) worked to renovate and decorate it, working hard to highlight all this brick two-story’s unique architectural details. Diane was a true detective ~ uncovering vintage treasures of all kinds at local neighborhood garage sales. She also visited communities like Snohomish and perused the dozens of antique shops there, looking for the perfect pieces to blend with her home’s personality. The result was lovely hospitable home pictured here surrounded by handsome inviting landscaping.
Highlight ~ The couple created a stunning master bedroom suite on the second floor with a panoramic view of Puget Sound and as it faced west, its sunsets. The same view was enjoyed from the main floor living and dining rooms, but not to the same degree the extra story gave it.
"Pioneer Square Pergola" (DOWNTOWN SEATTLE, WA • PAINTED OCTOBER 2002 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Seattle’s pergola was designed to be the focal point of Pioneer Square (PioneerSquare.org). Early in 2001 a huge delivery truck accidentally clipped the 91-year-old pergola, pulling the ornate cast-iron structure to the ground. Craftsmen restored this beloved landmark in August, 2002 (in record time!), much to the delight of both locals and visitors.
Pioneer Square was a wonderful place to visit any time of year, but especially during the holidays when tiny white fairy lights sparkled everywhere.
I pictured my niece Kelly as a young student taking a break from shopping with her chums Lauren, Bonnie and Katie. Her parents, aunts and uncles are resting on the comfortable park benches that line the street beneath the pergola.
Seattle’s city-wide Seafair (Seafair.com) festival been going on for over six decades. During the 30+ years when I was living in the Seattle area, I remember the summer months being dotted with Seafair events like parades (one just for children in Ballard and the grand “Torch Light” venue downtown), milk carton races on Lake Union, the arrival of the Seafair Pirates on Alki Beach, the coronation of the festival’s queen from the local high school princesses, the thunder of the Blue Angels jets flying in formation and three days of hydroplane activity on Lake Washington.
For years, especially if the weather was sunny and hot, my husband and I joined friends on the beach, in the “pits,” on boats or at a house party overlooking the lake, reveling in the fun of “Hydro Race Day Sunday.”
In 1999, we were on the lake in our ski boat watching the acrobatics of the Blue Angles when a vintage cabin cruiser pulled up beside us. Immaculate in every detail, I snapped a photo, which resulted in this portrait with the jets in the sky above.
Highlight ~ 1999 marked the 50th year of the Seafair festival ~ the year I painted this piece.
BELLEVUE, MEDINA & LAKE HILLS (VINTAGE AND CONTEMPORARY RESIDENCES PLUS HISTORIC COMMUNITY BUILDINGS)
"Celebrating at Sacred Heart" (BELLEVUE, WA • PAINTED JUNE 2013 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Located near the historic Wilburton Trestle in Bellevue, this charming Arts & Crafts-style house was designated the headquarters for the Eastside Heritage Center (EastsideHeritageCenter.org) once housed in Redmond’s Clise Mansion at Marymoor Park.
Built in 1908 by the McDowell family with lumber from the nearby Wilburton Mill, this pretty house was once part of High Ridge Farm and Cherry Hill Farm, as well as home to the Dawes family and the Paxton family.
The city of Bellevue with Washington State carefully restored the exterior of the home and its surrounding grounds, creating a truly beautiful setting. For decades, the Eastside Heritage Center hosted Bellevue’s annual Strawberry Festival. One year,
it was held at the McDowell House, thus the good-eatin’-summertime-dessert tone of this painting featuring several EHC volunteers, Lisa James, my husband Doug, and niece and nephew, Kelly and Michael Barton.
Highlight ~ Decades ago when I was living in the area, I was a founding member of the Eastside Heritage Center organization.
"The Historic Winters House" (BELLEVUE, WA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2002 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
“Merrymaking at the Medina Ferry Dock” (MEDINA, WASHINGTON • PAINTED APRIL 2001 • 8X10-INCH
Before the 520 and I-90 Bridges were built to span Lake Washington, the only access from one side of the lake to the other were daily ferries. One of these routes connected the Seattle neighborhood of Leschi on the Seattle side to Meydenbauer Bay on the east side.
Carefully preserved, this setting was once the Meydenbauer ferries’ terminal building. Decades later it was converted into the city hall for the community of Medina. When I painted this piece it was the single story building shown here with a daylight basement on the waterfront side.
In 2012, a second story was added to the structure. The beach and beautifully landscaped grounds have served Medina for decades as a public area for picnickers and sunbathers. Thus the theme of this artwork featuring my husband Doug, niece Kelly and nephew Michael about to enjoy a picnic overlooking Lake Washington.
Highlight ~ Microsoft’s Bill and Melnda Gates’ primary residence was built nearby on the shoreline of Lake Washington just north of the old ferry terminal building.
KIRKLAND, YARROW POINT & CLYDE HILL (ICONIC VINTAGE BRICK BUSINESS BUILDINGS PLUS STUNNING RESIDENCES)
“Planting Petunias at the Peter Kirk Building” (KIRKLAND, WA • PAINTED MAY 2007 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This magnificent Victorian brick building in the Romanesque Revival Style, was built in 1889 by entrepreneur, Peter Kirk, on the corner of Market Street and Seventh (then Picadilly).
Although the financial upheaval of 1893 impacted Kirk’s grand business plans, he remained active in this Lake Washington community until he retired in the San Juans and died in 1916.
Sadly, the building fell into disrepair in the 1960s after several owners and usages. William Radcliff, a teacher, visionary, and inspiration of the Creative Arts League, rescued the building with the Peter Kirk Syndicate and other civic minded attorneys, physicians, architects and more.
Listed on the National Historic Register in 1973, it went on to house the beloved Kirkland Arts Center (KirklandArtsCenter.org).
I painted my mother and sisters hard at work planting petunias in the flower beds surrounding the structure.
"Heritage Hall" (KIRKLAND, WA • PAINTED MAY 2015 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Heritage Hall was originally built in the handsome Greek-Revival style to serve as the Christian Science Church in 1922 ~ the oldest church building in Kirkland.
The structure was donated by West Water Real Estate to the city who worked with the Kirkland Heritage Society to move it from its original location on 220 First Street to Heritage Park on Market Street and Lake Avenue in 1999. In 2000, it was designated as a historic Kirkland landmark.
Surrounded by beautiful grounds and gardens, its new location afforded a sweeping view of Lake Washington.
When I painted this fun patriotic-themed portrait, it was home to the Kirkland Heritage Society (KirklandHeritage.org) who also offered the beautiful space to the public for weddings and other special events. It's magnificent new location near the water provided one of the most picturesque destinations in the community for celebrations.
REDMOND, WOODINVILLE & SAMMAMISH (HISTORIC COMMUNITY BUILDINGS, REMARKABLE RESIDENCES, THE REDMOND SATURDAY MARKET AND WOODINVILLE WINERIES)
AWARD WINNING ~ "The Bill Brown Building" (REDMOND, WASHINGTON • PAINTED MAY 2005 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This handsome two-story building located in the heart of Redmond, Washington on Leary Way, was built by Redmond’s most famous mayor, William “Bill” Brown.
Bill served his beloved community from 1919 to 1948, and this was his second business building on this site. It originally housed a saloon, drug store, soda fountain, barber shop, dance hall and mortuary.
Rumor had it that the building also was home to the town’s “ladies of the evening” ~ and it even had an entrance to a secret bootlegger’s tunnel from the days of Prohibition. When I painted this portrait of it, the structure hadn’t changed much since the early 1900s, its owners being careful to maintain its original beauty with the exposed brick and original slab floors throughout most of the interior.
I gave this artwork an “All-American Celebration” theme with red, white and blue flags, balloons and bunting. I filled it with fun-loving family and friends ~ and pets gathering to join the holiday.
NEW! "Springtime Comes to Simpson Street (Sammamish Detail)" (SAMMAMISH, WA • PAINTED JANUARY 2016 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 16X20-INCH)
This home was part of a large “neighborhood” painting of all of the homes I’ve lived in and loved over the years. It was the last home that Doug and I lived in before moving to the other side of the state.
Doug owned the brick Tudor in the family-filled neighborhood on the Sammamsh Plateau for seven years before I met him, and it was such a great house, we decided to stay there after our wedding instead of looking for another home.
Our cul de sac was filled with wonderful neighbors when we lived there, most of whom have moved away and downsized just as we have.
This piece has had details changed and added as our family has grown. I pictured Doug and me surrounded by our children and grandchildren plus our beloved dearly departed “kittiewinks” Andy and Sophie.
Highlight ~ 2011 marked my seventh and final year of service on their board as my husband and I moved to the other side of the state, so this setting meant a lot to me.
This piece won 1st Place and the honor of being the artwork used to promote the 2010 Redmond Saturday Market's (RedmondSaturdayMarket.org) 35th season ~ my goal when I created this colorful painting.
Posters with my fine art portrait of the market were posted throughout all the Eastside communities in Western Washington. Redmond's was the oldest and largest market on the Eastside, so this award was quite a prestigious honor for me.
With the historic Justice White house in the background, I gave this artwork an all-American theme. It paid homage to the fine tradition of selling and shopping for goods produced by local farmers, craftspeople and artisans. I intertwined a patriotic streamer with fruit, vegetables and market signs bordering the scene of colorful booths, shoppers and their dogs.
Highlight ~ For several years I had a weekly space at this fun summertime venue. My very kind and capable friend Penny Carleton kept me company and helped me out for the better part of two summers ~ earning her a portrait of her little rambler in Lake Hills, a cozy suburb in nearby Bellevue.
This pretty, shingle-construction two-story white clapboard structure was built in the early 1900s as a summer home for the D.C. Stimson family. Lumber merchant Stimson also generously contributed to the construction of the nearby historic brick landmark, the Hollywood Schoolhouse.
The property on which the home sat was later sold to develop the world famous Ste. Michelle Winery (Ste-Michelle.com) ~ and this friendly residence became part of that business. Surrounded by colorful gardens and lily pad-laden ponds, the building's front lawn setting has been a perfect place for picnickers to share a leisurely "al fresco" meal on sunny days ever since.
Highlight ~ The brand Stimson Cellars (StimsonLane.com) was introduced a few years ago and the labels on the bottles features a pen & ink sketch of this lovely home.
ISSAQUAH, NORTH BEND & SNOQUALMIE (SNOQUALMIE FALLS, THE LODGE, RAILWAY STATION AND HANDSOME RURAL RESIDENCES)
I painted this pastoral setting to honor relatives of my sister-in-law Jorja Packard Simpson. Zeke and Jessica Liepens were her brother Rusty’s in-laws and my husband and I became acquainted with this lovely couple when we were invited to Easter dinner at their home north of downtown Issaquah.
The lived in a graciously decorated rambler, but what was really special was their breathtakingly beautiful back garden. The rolling hill behind their home included several flower gardens in full colorful bloom every spring, a large greenhouse, a grape arbor and the charming gazebo pictured here.
Jessica’s Easter dinners were full-scale inspiring events as her home was a tribute to the Easter hols throughout ~ not to mention a buffet table overflowing with every kind of delectable dish imaginable. My husband Doug and I were always delighted to be included in their friendly feast.
Highlight ~ For decades, the Liepins made their home and gardens available to brides and grooms for their very special day.
Snoqualmie Falls (SnoqualmieFalls.com) has always been one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the Seattle, Washington region. Located a short 30-minute drive from the downtown area, this jewel of the Eastside has attracted folks for generations.
The magnificent restaurant inside the famous Salish Lodge and Spa (SalishLodge.com) perched on the cliff overlooking the thunderous fall has served its spectacular breakfast for decades. The 84 guest rooms at the lodge were designed to be elegantly rustic ~ a romantic spot for honeymooners and couples who want to spend a really special weekend away from the cares and worries of home.
Two gift shops (one inside the lodge and the other at the top of the trail to the falls) treated visitors to a wonderful selection of memorabilia, casual wear, sweets, greeting cards and more. A favorite picnic destination, Snoqualmie Falls never failed to instill a sense of awe, especially when the snow started to melt and the river became swollen in spring.
Highlight ~ "Twin Peaks," the unconventional television series used this historic lodge as its setting as the backdrop for its dark quirky storyline.
NORTH PUGET SOUND (ANACORTES, EDMONDS, EVERETT, LA CONNER, LAKE ROESIGNER, LAKE STEVENS, MONROE, MOUNT VERNON AND MORE)
Entire North Puget Sound Collection pdf ~ Click on the 2-page pdf to see all 12 paintings. Note ~ Some views are details of larger paintings.
"Kindred Spirit Kitties" (CAT WHISKER LANE, KENMORE, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2017 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 5X7-INCH)
Kindred Spirits Kitties
APRIL 2017 ~ CAT WHISKER LANE, KENMORE WASHINGTON
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 (Marilee is blessed with a very “green thumb”) surrounded by pretty pink tulips.
"Cruising La Conner in Justatug" ~ (LA CONNER, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 2002 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Bill and Jamie Fowler commissioned this portrait of their summer home “Justatug” several years ago when I met the couple at my artwork booth at the Redmond Saturday Market. These two enjoyed every second of the summer months cruising around Puget Sound and the San Juans in this handsome vessel. The perfect retirement arrangement as they spent the cooler months wintering in a cozy cottage they built on their son's property.
This painting also featured the beloved resort town of La Conner (LaConnerchamber.com) in the background.
Highlight ~ Located in the midst of surrounding tulip fields, every spring La Conner welcomed folks from all over the United States and Canada for their Annual Tulip Festival (TulipFestival.org).
SNOHOMISH (THE HISTORIC DISTRICT'S VICTORIANS, FOURSQUARES, CRAFTSMANS AND COTTAGES ~ PLUS ONE CHURCH)
"Stars & Stripes in Snohomish" ( SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2010 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
In 2007, when my stepson Matt and his young family moved to a small cottage in the charming community of Snohomish north of Seattle, I decided to expand my collection collection of portraits of Victorian residences there ~ and create a calendar highlighting its beautiful homes.
I spent several weekends walking the historic district, snapping photos of every setting that “spoke” to me. This green and white clapboard home at 314 Union Street with its crisp white picket fence caught my eye.
Even though the month was October, the home was decorated with dozens of little waving American flags as the family had several sons serving in the armed services at the time, as I was to learn later from the owner who commissioned this piece.
The little "Old Glories" inspired this artwork, which carried through the theme of celebrating Independence Day with an old-fashioned All- American picnic. I pictured and me and my husband Doug in the lower right corner bringing a cherry pie.
"Cozy Cabbage Patch" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2010 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Built in 1905, this two-story Victorian once served as a boarding house and an antique store filled with Native American artifacts.
In 1975, it opened as The Cabbage Patch Inn, and in 1978 Sandra McCutchan purchased it and began expanding its services and building the restaurant’s reputation. At that time, her Aunt Joan was upstairs baking goodies for her niece’s establishment (like raspberry cream pie) nearly every day of the week.
Sandra became known for specializing in “comfort” homemade favorites served in a cozy setting like the Garden Room she created from what was once the back porch.
The building survived a collection of ghosts and a fire that very nearly destroyed it, but Sandra rebuilt and reopened the Cabbage Patch Restaurant (CabbagePatchRestaurant.com), much to the delight of both locals and visitors to this friendly community known for its restored historic residences.
"Independence Inn (Matt Albert House)" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED JUNE 2008 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This pretty two-story Dutch Colonial-style home was built in 1900 on 304 Avenue A in the heart of the historic district in Snohomish, WA, just a short drive north of Seattle.
Snohomish has always been a huge favorite with visitors as it is filled with charming B&Bs, cafes, restored vintage homes of nearly every architectural style ~ and best of all, a great collection of antique shops. When I visited the community for the first time in the mid-1980s, this residence was featured on their Tour of Historic Snohomish Homes.
I created the fictional name “Independence Inn” for this patriotic flag-filled piece. In 2012, when I became involved with the Snohomish Historical Society researching history for my first Snohomish calendar, I met the property owners and learned that the suite over the garage was actually set up to accommodate overnight guests, so the B&B theme was actually the truth!
This festive 4th of July picnic scene pictured our son Matt, his wife Heidi and me watching Grandpa Doug (GW as he was nicknamed) playfully toss our granddaughter Addison Lee into the air.
"The Gardens at Mrs. Goff's" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2012 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This pretty place was built by the Harris S. Hansens around 1890 on a lot once owned by E.C. Ferguson. The center of it started as a one-bedroom cottage. The Hansens had seven children, so quickly outgrew the little house.
In 1900, Charles (lumber industry) and Lydia Goff (piano teacher) purchased it and three city lots. After losing Charles and daughter Marguerite to tuberculosis, the widow Mrs. Goff remained here teaching piano to Snohomish students until her death in 1949. Many of the older residents recalled taking lessons from her. When she died, Mrs. Goff deeded her home to lifelong friend, Beatrice Fetzer of Multnomah County, Oregon for $1.50.
After several owners and renters, in January 2009, Gary and Ardie McLean purchased it and began an ambitious restoration, creating a “jewel” surrounded by charming gardens. This piece combined “old” and “new,” picturing youngsters arriving for music lessons, while the McLeans transplanted flowers.
THE SOUTH END AND KITSAP COUNTY (BREMERTON, LAKEWOOD, NISQUALLY, NORMANDY PARK, OLYMPIA , PORT ORCHARD, SEAHURST AND MORE)
Entire South End/Kitsap County Collection pdf ~ Click on this 3-page pdf to see all 12 paintings.
"Enchanting English Thornewood Castle" (AMERICAN LAKE, LAKEWOOD, WA • PAINTED JULY 2004 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Elegant and enchanting Thornewood Castle (ThornewoodCastle.com) on American Lake was a true “labor of love” for wealthy Chester Thorne. A man of many accomplishments in commerce, transportation, banking, cold storage and more, he chose famed Northwest architect Kirtland K. Cutter to design his “castle” in 1909 in the authentic old English Tudor manor style.
Cutter incorporated many accoutrements of English architecture Thorne had purchased on several trips abroad. Prior to building the home however, Thorne hired the famous Olmstead Brothers to design sumptuous formal gardens. Cutter designed the castle afterwards expressly to take advantage of the views of these gardens, American Lake and Mount Rainier. Many believe Thornewood was Cutter’s crowning achievement.
Highlight ~ Upon completion of his residence, Chester Thorne was instrumental in developing Mount Rainier National Park. I painted this piece to honor of my son Kevin Ward and Taryn Haffner’s marriage there.
This lovely sprawling ranch-style home was an authentic slice of the 1950s with its simple shingle construction, handsome period windows and other mid-century details.
Surrounded by colorful flowerbeds, shrubbery in full bloom and pretty stepping stones bordering the front of the house, it was built in the friendly Normandy Park neighborhood west of SeaTac airport near Puget Sound.
This painting was a very sentimental commission requested by Merri Berg who spent her childhood growing up in this rambler ~ she wanted her childhood home immortalized to honor to all herwonderful memories. Merri had me paint into the piece as a child of ten with her beloved dog Skipper who was giving her a quick nuzzle before she headed off to grade school.
PORT TOWNSEND (THE HISTORIC DISTRICT'S VICTORIANS, FOURSQUARES, CRAFTSMANS AND COTTAGES)
"Manresa Castle in May" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2010 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 16X20-INCH)
Originally known as the Eisenbeis Castle, the elegant imposing structure was named for Charles Eisenbeis, Port Townsend’s first mayor and a leading local businessman.
The regal four-story castle was built in 1892 on 7th and Sheridan Street and was inspired by castles on the Rhine River where Eisenbeis had lived before immigrating to the United States. The castle originally had 30 rooms that enjoyed spectacular views of stunning Puget Sound. Beautifully enhanced by gorgeous hand-carved oak woodwork and vintage glittering chandeliers, the castle was surrounded by lush grounds and flower gardens.
When I painted this piece, the Manresa Castle (ManresaCastle.com) was serving guests as a very popular inn and fine restaurant. Another interesting note, rumor has it that guests have suggested that the place may be haunted by ghosts.
Highlight ~ My mother Sally and father Joe celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with dinner here in late 1980s a few months before my dad passed away.
“Gleason Green Goddess” (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED JUNE 2006 ~ 8X10-INCH)
I created this fun summer picnicking scene with flags unfurled and all the traditional fixin’s ~ from watermelon to beef burgers to chocolate layer cake.
My husband Doug and I are pictured celebrating with our pals Joe and Linda Ebner and John and Maria Herbert at this beautiful historic Port Townsend home.
It was constructed in the early 1900s at 706 Taft Street by successful dentist Dr. Gleason. The unique residence was adorned with a decorative turret and decorative arched front picture windows. The home’s interior featured very creative use of wood and moldings throughout, including built-in china cabinets and other charming details.
The owner patterned the three-story after a similar home in Boston, MA where he had lived for several years before moving west to the seaside community of Port Townsend.
This pretty two-story Victorian cottage, originally constructed for J.J. Hunt in 1872 at 611 Polk Street, became home ten years later to Robert C. Hill and his wife, Elizabeth.
Very active in local community affairs, Robert Hill was elected mayor of the town in 1885, and also was instrumental in establishing the First National Bank of Port Townsend.
This was a very fun painting created with a summer picnic theme ~ complete with “Old Glory,” red, white and blue streamers and balloons billowing in the breeze. I filled the artwork with good friends about to enjoy an old fashioned feast of watermelon and other traditional picnic favorites on the fornt lawn. Our two Siamese-Burmese "kittiewinks" Andy and Sophie were quite an armful for my husband Doug, pictured in the front window.
"Cozy Consulate B&B (Frank Hastings House" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2001 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The historic Frank Hastings House was built in 1889 at 313 Walker Street. This Victorian was one of the finest classic examples of Queen Anne-style architecture during the period when grand homes were being built in Port Townsend. At the turn of the last century, the town was a busy seaport, but as ships became larger and deeper, business waned as the harbor was deemed to be too shallow to accommodate them.
A “must see” for visitors to the scenic seaside community of Port Townsend, when I painted this piece, it was welcoming guests as the “Old Consulate Inn” (OldConsulateInn.com).
Early in its hisotry, the three-story mansion became known as the “German Consulate” when it was owned by C.A. Olsen as August Duddenhauser boarded there when he served as the German consult.
I’ve pictured my husband Doug puttering around the wrap-around front porch, sprucing it up with pots of white geraniums. My niece in the upstairs cupola and me in the front window were nearly finished with our morning activities and about to join him on the beautiful sunny morning.
Highlight ~ In the mid-1970s, my sister Marilee and I visited this community for the Annual Tour of Historic Homes which inspired much of my Port Townsend Collection.
ISLANDS IN THE PUGET SOUND (VASHON, WHIDBEY, BAINBRIDGE AND THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS ~ INCLUDING NEARLY A DOZEN SCENES OF ROCHE HARBOR)
"Roche Harbor Reverie” (ROCHE HARBOR, THE SAN JUANS, WA • JULY 2000 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
The focal point of Roche Harbor Resort and Marina (RocheHarbor.com), this once private residence of the village’s founder John S. McMillin, became the signature Madrona Grill when the Neil Tarte family purchased the property from McMillin’s son Paul and developed it into a destination resort for vacationers and boaters from the United States and Canada.
In the early 1900s, the harbor had housed McMillin’s very successful mines, lime kiln, processing plant, Hotel de Haro (for guests and clients), a small church and school as well as homes for all of his employees and their families.
Tarte saved and restored most of the McMillin structures, and later new owners added other buildings, being careful to blend them with the setting’s quaint feel. During the summer months, the resort became a hub of happy activity.
Highlight ~ For decades on the Fourth of July, revelers crowded the restaurant’s decks and dining room to enjoy the harbor view, feast on delicious fare and watch the annual Independence Day games on the shoreline below. Log rolling, anyone?
"U.S. Customs House on the Dock” (ROCHE HARBOR, THE SAN JUANS, WA • MAY 2000 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
Every year on the Independence Day in July, hundreds of vessels ~ large and small ~ have crowded the docks and waterfront of the little resort destination of Roche Harbor. Normally a sleepy sedate resort, hundreds crowd the community and harbor during this festive summer holiday.
San Juan Island is just a few miles from the Canadian border, so for many vacationers, their visits have always begun here at this quaint one-room structure perched at the end of the docks ~ the home of U.S. Customs.
Every year, the agents on duty festooned their office with colorful red, white and blue bunting and other decorations in honor of the holiday. I painted the three officersthat were enjoying a break in the sunshine when Doug and I were on a morning walk in search of vessels with the most creative patriotic trim.
Highlight ~ Each of the officers pictured in this piece contacted me to purchase the artwork to add to their collections.
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