"If you find it in your heart to LOVE and care for someone else, then you will have succeeded." ~ Maya Angelu
Many in the greater Seattle area believe this is one of the most picturesque regions in the entire Pacific Northwest. You'll find stunning architecture like Seattle's iconic Space Needle and lush green parks and gardens because of the area's prolific rainfall. Majestic settings like Mount Rainier, the San Juans and the North Cascades offer some of Mother Nature's most diverse, but stunnihgly beautiful handiwork.
THE PIKE PLACE MARKET ~ This well-known setting on Seattle's waterfront is famous all over the United States and beyond. It's a bustling hub of activity every season of the year ~ even in WINTER ~ as shared by this festive photograph. When my husband Doug and were lliving in this corner of the Pacific Northwest, we spent many Saturday afternoons here.
WINTER 2018 ~ 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.
I created this original painting for Margy and Scott Samuelson, owners of this charming brick Tudor cottage with an an unobstructed view of Lake Washington. The couple has enjoyed a love affair with the University of Washington Huskies. Note their purple and gold team flag blowing in the breeze.
They purchased the vintage lake cabin in Seattle's Leschi neighborhood years ago because of its rustic personality, which the couple worked hard to preserve. They kept the original stone fireplace, knotty-pine paneling and wagon wheel chandelier in their great room. Also original to the property were the stone pathways that crisscrossed the back yard and led to the large outdoor fireplace and Hansel-and-Gretel-style garden shed.
Highlight ~ For decades, the couple hosted a holiday open house to kick off the parade of Christmas ships on the lake. Revelers walked the short two blocks from the house to toast themselves by the shoreline’s blazing fire and sing Christmas carols.
The Stately Stimson Green" (CAPITOL HILL, SEATTLE, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 2002 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The Stimson-Green mansion (StimsonGreen.com) was designed for D.C. Stimson, a wealthy Seattle lumber merchant, in 1901 by Spokane architect Kirtland K. Cutter.
Built for $30,000 with an additional $16,000 set aside for furnishings, Stimson tolerated the inconvenience of the 300-mile distance between Seattle and Spokane to use Cutter, because he was the architect that Stimson most preferred.
Constructed in the classic Tudor, half-timbered style, this home was almost identical to the Amasa Campbell House in Spokane, but Cutter flipped the floor plans to take advantage of Stimson's view of Puget Sound from Seattle's Capitol Hill.
As Seattle grew into a larger crowded city, Stimson made the decision to move his family to the exclusive gated Highlands neighborhood north of Seattle where Cutter designed an estate on a much grander scale. The Joshua Green family then made this handsome Tudor-Revival their home.
Highlight ~Decades later, the mansion was carefully restored and re-opened to the public as a special event center. Several of my friends have been marries here.
"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 downtown Seattle's Pioneer Square (PioneerSquare.org). In early 2001, a large delivery truck accidentally clipped the 91-year-old structure, pulling the ornate cast-iron structure to the ground.
A team of fine craftsmen restored this beloved landmark, finishing the project in record time just a year later. Folks of all ages were just delighted. Pioneer Square has always been a beloved downtown destination ~ especially during the holiday season when tiny white fairy lights sparkled everywhere.
Highlight ~ I pictured my visiting teenage niece Kelly Barton taking a break from shopping with high school chums Lauren, Bonnie and Katie. Remarkably, several years later, Bonnie's father went on to our contractor when we purchased and restored our vintage bungalow in Eastern Washington.
"Autumn at The Academy Through the Years" (CAPITOL HILL, SEATTLE, WA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2010 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 9X12-INCH)
In 1880, Holy Names Academy (HolyNames-Sea.org.) was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary under the guidance of Mother Marie Rose Durocher.
In 1859, the sisters came to Oregon. About 20 years later. they established a school (23 students to start) in Seattle at Second & Seneca Streets. As the city and student body grew, the school relocated ~ finally settling for good on the east side of Capitol Hill. Albert Beitung designed the majestic structure in the neo-classical style, and in 1906, under the leadership of Sister Mary Leontine, ground was broken. Bishop Edward J. O’Dea presided as the cornerstone was laid in 1907. The building was dedicated in 1908.
Originally housing 12 grades and a Normal School, the Academy grew, met challenges and adapted to the changing world. Staying abreast of the times, Holy Names Academy continued to offer an up-to-date college-prep curriculum, while grounding students in the values that have ensured its success moving forward.
Highlight ~ This painting pictured staff and classmates from three generations ~ (L-R) 1930s (serge frocks), 1950s (jumpers), and 1970s (wool skirts & blazers). The 1970s group included guests from Spokane’s academy ~ thus the two different skirt plaids.
BELLEVUE, MEDINA & LAKE HILLS (VINTAGE AND CONTEMPORARY RESIDENCES PLUS HISTORIC COMMUNITY BUILDINGS)
"The Historic Winters House" (BELLEVUE, WA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2002 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The Winters House just off Bellevue Way en-route to Interstate-90 was well known for decades as one of the loveliest old structure in Bellevue. Partially hidden by lush foliage when I painted this piece in 2002, many of the homeward-bound commuters probably drove by this architectural gem without realizing it.
Part of the Eastside Heritage Center (EastsideHeritageCenter.org), this Mission Revival-style structure was carefully restored several years ago. The Winters House hosted their annual Strawberry Festival at this historic setting in 2002. Throngs of folks of all ages had one thing in common ~ they loved strawberry shortcake. They spilled out of every room onto the upper deck and back patio wildlife viewing platform.
At that time, the Eastside Heritage Center was using this mansion to showcase period historical exhibits highlighting the history of Bellevue, Medina and other nearby communities.
Highlight ~ When I was living in the area in the late 1900s, I was one of the founding members of the Eastside Heritage Center.
"Medina Neighborhood Market" (MEDINA, WASHINGTON • PAINTED MAY 2001 • 8X10-INCH)
This quaint tiny neighborhood market was known for decades as the “penny candy store” by the folks who lived in lakeside Medina, Washington (later made famous by high-profile resident Microsoft founder Bill Gates).
When I painted this painting in 2001, the little store had just closed its doors. Its future look questionable, as rumors were abound that the familiar little “landmark” might be demolished as the property it sat on had risen dramatically in value. I did my best to capture the market's simple charm and coziness in this portrait ~ which incidentally went on to be a huge favorite with local baby-boomers who remembered it well.
Nearly a decade after I finished the artwork, I was driving through the neighborhood and saw that the structure had been beautifully restored and was open for business as a cafe and coffee shop.
Highlight ~ One of the folks who grew up in Medina with fond memories of this market was longtime Seattle co-worker Leslie Ritter Hall, whose View Ridge bungalow I painted in 1998.
KIRKLAND, YARROW POINT & CLYDE HILL (ICONIC VINTAGE BRICK BUSINESS BUILDINGS PLUS STUNNING RESIDENCES)
“Tartan Trim at the Tollefsons” (YARROW POINT, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 2008 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This charming vintage Craftsman-style home was built in the picturesque Yarrow Point neighborhood on the east shore of Lake Washington. It was one of the original cottages on the lake and the Tollefson family worked diligently to authentically restore it. In the back left of the portrait is an even tinier cottage where Marc Tollefson's mother Lou lived ~ close to her family, but with all the privacy that she desired.
The holiday-themed artwork featured here with a dusting of snow was a reworking of a piece that had been commissioned the famiy a decade earlier in 1999.
In this painting, they had decorated their home festively for Christmastime with a huge wreath, tartan ribbons, candles and evergreen trees strung with colored lights. Daughters Thea and Clara were perched on the porch railing while their pet lab welcomed family and friends arriving to celebrate the holidays.
Highlight ~ This altered piece was used to create Christmas cards for the family.
"The Starry Night" (KIRKLAND, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 1999 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 11X14-INCH)
The couple who owned this handsome contemporary two-story home commissioned a portrait of it in October 1999.
Their residence was located in a small, secluded neighborhood above a lush, wetland filled hillside overlooking Yarrow Bay. Several majestic eagles and other wildlife made their home there, as did a handful of lucky families ~ and the view for everyone was truly incredible.
This artwork was an adaptation of initial portrait I created for the couple who owned it, this one showing substantial alterations for use as cover artwork for invitations I created for their intimate wedding-at-home on New Year’s Eve.
Highlight ~ After their evening ceremony, the bride and groom shot off a huge display of fireworks to honor not only the beginning of the new year, but also their married life together.
REDMOND, WOODINVILLE & SAMMAMISH (HISTORIC COMMUNITY BUILDINGS, REMARKABLE RESIDENCES, THE REDMOND SATURDAY MARKET AND WOODINVILLE WINERIES)
"Gingerbread Boys at Bill Brown's" (REDMOND, WASHINGTON • PAINTED JULY 2013 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
William “Bill” Brown was one of Redmond’s most popular, longest serving mayors (1919 through 1948). After Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates, he is probably the figure who exerted the most influence over this Eastside community.
Among his many business interests in the small logging and mining community, he built a large square brick building in the center of downtown which housed a bar, sofa fountain, barber shop and mortuary on the main level and a dance hall on the second floor with cells for “ladies of the evening” all along the south side of it. Being far removed from the Seattle area allowed Brown to run "his town" town as he saw fit.
From 1924 to 1932 he also served as King County Commissioner. In 1916, Brown married Laura Duffy and built this charming craftsman-style cottage for the couple. In later years, the cottage went on to house a number of small businesses ~ from a hugely popular café to a candy company.
Highlight ~ Even though this little shingle bungalow has worn many hats, its interior has retained much of the warm cozy feeling it had when first constructed.
Gathering at The Grange" (HAPPY VALLEY, REDMOND, WA • PAINTED OCTOBER 2009 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
I completed this portrait of #322 Happy Valley Grange in honor of its 100th birthday. Founded in 1909, the clapboard building was located in the pretty, rural pocket of small farms in Happy Valley just east of Redmond.
The grange had just been given a “sprucing up” inside and out when I painted the evening mid-winter scene. It shows me and fellow artists, potters and other creators unloading our work for a holiday arts & crafts fair. Located next to the Serres Christmas Tree Farm, the event attracted dozens of folks who had just selected their trees, so were filled Christmas spirit!
The grange was the ideal setting for this event as it’s near a bustling Christmas tree farm. Two of the artists created the friendly snowman who kept us company on the chilly winter night.
Highlight ~ One of Hollywood's most famous and accomplished actors spent his youth growing up on a farm in Happy Valley. Gary Cooper lived here until his family later moved to Montana.
This beautiful brick and half-timbered Tudor-style rambling residence on the grounds of Redmond’s Marymoor Park was once part of Willowmoor Farm. Not only was it used as the Clise family farmhouse, for a time it also served as their hunting lodge.
After the family left the property and it became part of the King County Parks Department, the building housed a thriving museum know as the Eastside Heritage Center. Looking for a way to raise revenue, King County asked EHC to relocate to two historic structures in Bellevue, the Winters House and McDowell House. The park department polished the interior of the mansion and began renting the space for special events like weddings, receptions and other gatherings.
The grounds west of the mansion also hosted concerts during the summer months for several years ~ allowing many to enjoy this remarkably beautiful setting. This scene featured children flying kites.
Highlight ~ When acclaimed Bellevue developer Kemper Freeman was a young boy, instead of turning out for school sports, he took a job at the farm helping out at the dairy. He shared that working there taught him the valuable lesson of how diligence and forward thinking could open doors to opportunity ~ a mindset that served him all his life.
Ring Around the Marymoor Windmill
DECEMBER 2000 ~ MARYMOOR PARK, REDMOND, WASHINGTON
This picturesque, rustic windmill overlooking the Sammamish River was built years ago on part of the grounds west of the historic Clise mansion on the old Willowmoor Farm (pictured above).
The property became Marymoor Park and went on to host sporting activities of all kinds, as well as concerts in the summertime. The Clise Mansion became an events center.
A well-used bicycle and walking trail was developed along the riverside to connect with the Woodinville Wine Country several miles north of the park, creating a great recreational link between the two beloved destinations.
Highlight ~ This artwork celebrated children playing “ Ring-Around-The-Rosie” and was completed for an exhibit honoring the children of Washington State held at the Legislative Building in Olympia at the invitation of retired Lt. Governor Brad Owen and Mrs. Linda Owen.
ISSAQUAH, NORTH BEND & SNOQUALMIE (SNOQUALMIE FALLS, THE LODGE, RAILWAY STATION AND HANDSOME RURAL RESIDENCES)
Located near North Bend in the town of Snoqualmie, the Salish Lodge & Spa (SalishLodge.com) was built on the cliff next to thundering Snoqualmie Falls several decades ago. Famous for romantic weekends and sumptuous meals in its dining room with picture windows overlooking the falls, the shingle-style lodge has provided gracious hospitality and a very pampered stay to its lucky guests for years.
The Salish Country Store just off the lobby offered discerning shoppers delightful, clever gift ideas ~ perfect for guests hoping to purchase a memento of their stay at this iconic setting. Not only could sightseers enjoy the view of Snoqualmie Falls from lodge level, the outdoor pathway through the forest allowed folks to hike down to the base of the spectacular falls ~ a majestic sight!
Highlight ~ Director Tim Burton’s dark, quirky “Twin Peaks” television series used this lodge as the backdrop for its 1990-1991 run.
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 has attracted folks for generations.
The magnificent restaurant inside the famous Salish Lodge (SalishLodge.com) perched on the cliff overlooking the thunderous falls has served spectacular breakfast for decades. The 84 guest rooms there were designed to be elegantly rustic ~ a romantic spot for honeymooners and couples who want to get away for a very special weekend away and leave their cares and worries at home.
Two gift shops (one located inside the lodge and the other at the top of the hiking trail to the base of the falls) were designed to treat visitors to an eclectic wonderful selection of memorabilia, casual wear, delectable 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 ~This was another setting incorporated by Tim Burton into his "Twin Peaks" television series.
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.
"Autumn at the Artistree" (COUNTRY VILLAGE, BOTHELL, WA • PAINTED APRIL1999 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The Artistree was a unique fine art gallery in Bothell's Country Villagel where I exhibited a revolving show of my artwork during the mid-1990s for nearly a decade.
The gallery was part of an unusual collection of gift, antique and garden shops with cafés and bistros tucked in between. It was created from vintage farm outbuildings from days when the area was a completely rural setting.
The little destination really sprang to life in autumn with its Oktoberfest and at Christmastime when pie-eyed kids witnessed Santa landing in the village square with his sleigh and reindeer.
The Artistree Gallery was operated by Robin and Wendy James with lots of help from their father, Bob ~ all three very talented artists. Robin illustrated the nationally famous children’s Serendipity books (RobinJames.net) while her sister Wendy created whimsical jewelry and other clever crafty items. Bob was the genius behind the Bon Marche’s (later Macy’s) holiday trim for decades. Sadly, the James family sold the business in the early 2000s upon Bob's passing. New owners took the space in a different direction. This portrait pictured me and my sweetie Doug with Robin, Wendy and Bob James on the sidewalk by the gallery and was completed as a special gift for the family.
Highlight ~ I worked with Bob James at the old Bon Marche for fourteen years (1974 through 1988) in Store Planning & Signage.
"AFTERNOON AT ANACORTES" ~ (ANACORTES, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 1994 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This ornate Victorian three-story mansion near the Puget Sound marina in Anacortes caught my eye as I was heading north for a weekend of boating on the “Honeybun” with good friends Dick and Gail Klein.
Anacortes has always enjoyed the fine reputation of being the “gateway” to the San Juan Islands for commercial ferries, yachts and other pleasure craft. It was also noted for having several neighborhoods of historic mansions created as ocean-view getaways for Seattle's wealthy.
Gail Clements Klein was the “tomato” of the beloved 1980s jazz trio BLT that entertained folks for over a decade in the Seattle area. I pictured her with husband Dick joined by band leader and jazz pianist Paul West with his family, and bass player Lee Phelps and wife Cheryl. I pictured my sister Marilee, brother Bob and me to the left of the artwork joining the others for the Thanksgiving feast.
Highlight ~ I gave framed prints of this painting to the Kleins, Wests and Pheps as Christmas gifts in 1994.
SNOHOMISH (THE HISTORIC DISTRICT'S VICTORIANS, FOURSQUARES, CRAFTSMANS AND COTTAGES ~ PLUS ONE CONVERTED CHURCH)
"KNITTING CLUB AT THE MCKEE HOUSE" ( SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 2013 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This comfortable, classic American Foursquare-style two-story home was built in on 307 Avenue C at the turn of the century in 1900.
The residence was positioned in what became the heart of the Snohomish Historic District.
Constructed of shingle and clapboard siding, it had a very unique, decorative contrasting diamond on the second story which dividing the two sets of windows nicely. The handsome foursquare featured a large hospitable stone front porch, creating a comfortable space for friends and neighbors to gather on pleasant outdoor evenings.
The theme of this painting was creativity ~ featuring women of a local knitting club gathering together to work on their projects in an atmosphere of friendship and idea sharing.
Highlight ~ The women featured in this piece were alll part of a knitting club I joined when my husband Doug and I relocated back to Spokane. They loved being featured in this friendly piece of artwork.
"MAKING SNOWMEN AT THE MARKS HOUSE" (SNOHOMISH, WA • MAY 2009 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
It seems like in the past couple of years, we’ve had more snow than ever in the Pacific Northwest ~ thus the snowman theme for this wintery artwork.
When I saw this unique frame and basaltic rock cottage, it made me think of the cozy home of “Little Women” author, Louisa May Alcott, in Concord, Massachusetts. Themes of thick quilts, mugs of fireside steaming hot cocoa and kitties sleeping on the hearth came to mind as I created this painting.
Located at 304 Avenue D (a main thoroughfare through town) this Arts & Crafts two-story was a distinct departure from other homes in the historic district. Its dark brown shingles, siding and trim, stone masonry columns, chimney and steps, plus the imaginative tiny stained glass windows really made the place stand out among the ornate gingerbread-style Victorians.
Highlight ~ Our two sons purchase homes on the outskirts of Snohomish ~ always a good reason to visit our sweet grandkids and walk the historic district.
"COZY COTTAGE ON THE CORNER" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2011 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This pretty two-story grayish-brown cottage with white trim was not a turn-of-the-century cottage, although it was located on Third Avenue on the edge of the historic district of charming Snohomish.
Because of its setting, owners Penny and Bill O’Connell worked hard to create a home that fit seamlessly in their neighborhood. Their friendly front entrance welcomed visitors with a decorative metal arbor, gurgling fountain, whimsical garden art and dozens of blossoming plants. The couple placed inviting cushioned wicker furniture on their front porch. And their efforts didn’t stop there.
The interior of their home, although open and airy, had dozens of vintage touches tucked here and there to give the feeling of classic, yet comfortable antiquity.
Highlight ~ Penny was known for her creative “green thumb.” Too many flowers? Not possible! This piece pictured my mother, sister and I sharing crate of blossoms with her.
"TREEHOUSE TREASURE AT TEA TIME (VESTAL HOUSE)" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2011 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This Victorian on Union Street was especially remarkable because of its companion treehouse (on the left) and gazebo (on the right). Built by State Senator Samuel Vestal for $2,000 in 1889, it had 23 doors, 44 windows (many with colored panes), two staircases and two coal stoves. He needed a very large home to accommodate his wife and eight children.
It remained in the Vestal family for decades until 1967. In 1988, the Jerry Moyers purchased it, upgrading the property with insulation, new paint (77 gallons!), plumbing, etc. ~ all completed while keeping its authentic vintage feel.
When I painted the portrait of this home, a lovely elderly lady named Frances lived there. I pictured her on the porch welcoming her neighbor Penny and me for afternoon tea with my two kitties Andy and Sophie tagging along.
Highlight ~ It is seven years later, and Frances (now 100+ years old) is still living in the beautiful Victorian.
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 2014 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Elegant, 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 Olmsted 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 residential architectural achievement.
Upon completion of his residence, Chester Thorne was also instrumental in developing stunning Mount Rainier National Park, a beloved destination for folks in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Highlight ~ I painted this piece to celebrate our son Kevin Ward’s marriage to Taryn Haffner’s there.
"STAN FOREMAN'S HOUSE AT SEAHURST" (SEAHURST, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 1993 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This home portrait was a piece I was inspired to create as a special gift for my friend Stan Foreman, an executive with Capitol Records who I met through my association with a music company in Seattle. Stan lived in this handsome Mid-Century Modern home overlooking Puget Sound in a small upscale community near Seattle known as Seahurst.
He was great fun to spend time with and was an avid golfer who introduced me to many of the best courses in Kitsap County as well as the challenging 18 holes at Ocean Shores. As a result of our friendship, Stan also helped me become a membership at Glen Acres Country Club.
Part of the vintage sixties “Beachcombers” band in addition to his career at Capitol, music was a huge part of his life. Much of my collection was courtesy of his generosity.
Highlight ~ Stan had a soft spot for cats ~ and is pictured in this piece holding his holy terror of a black kitten, Squeak, who never mewed ~ he squeaked!
PORT TOWNSEND (THE HISTORIC DISTRICT'S VICTORIANS, FOURSQUARES, CRAFTSMANS AND COTTAGES)
This ornate, diminutive two-story residence, located at 921 Clay Street in Port Townsend, was built in 1889 by Mrs. George (Emma) Balthrop upon the passing of her husband. George Balthrop's parents were early business people in the picturesque little seaport community where Emma managed their book and variety shop.
Emma had this pretty decorative home constructed to replace the couple's earlier home. Remarkable were its beautiful leaded glass windows and delicate architectural details ~ found both inside and out.
With the second story balcony above the front porch, the house was a shining example of “Italiante Villa” architecture, which inspired the "Palace" title of this painting. What was most remarkable about the house was not its style, bur how small it was within the "villa" genre.
Highlight ~ I gave this romantic piece a cottage-rose theme and featured our Burmese-Siamese kitties Andy and Sophie lounging in the oak tree in the foreground (only one cat is visible in this detail of the artwork).
"SKATING SEREANCE" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED DECEMVER 2000 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 16X20-INCH)
I was inspired to paint this large snow scene years ago after touring Port Townsends historic homes district in the mid-1970s. The quaint, lovely seaside port community has always been an inspiration and I have completed over a dozen painting honoring this charming destination.
I fell in love with the three-story Queen Anne “German Consulate” (OldConsulateInn.com) pictured here (also known as the Frank Hastings House) and planned this artwork around it.
After I finished this winter skating scene in 2000, I also created a second painting in 2003 focusing soley on the classic scarlet Queen Anne Victorian mansion ~ featured in this grouping as well.
I also added a few imaginary structures and other details to this winter scene ~ railroad tracks, a whimiscal Victorian one-room train depot, pristine white clapboard church and a New England-inspired covered bridge.
I pictured skaters twirling on the ice, sleighs filled with riders slicing merrily through the snow and dotted snowmen here and there around the landscape.
Highlight ~ This ambitious piece took well over 200 hours to complete over a span of nearly ten years.
I have painted a portrait of this pretty little two-story Victorian twice ~ in 1986 as this B&B with a snowy, wintery treatment and much later in 2003 (featured further down in this group) with a Thanksgiving theme.
J.B. Hogg, for whom the house was built at the turn of the last century, was an engineer in this charming seaside community that was once slated to be the capitol of Washington State instead of Olympia.
Ultimately, Port Townsend's port was determined by maritime experts to be too shallow, so the original plans had to be changed. This explains why there were so many large and sometimes very opulent residence constructed here.
I took a bit quite of poetic license with this painting because as far as I knew, the structure had never been a bed & breakfast. Also, the lot on which it wass built on was actually one of the more flat ones within the historic district instead of the snow-covered hillside pictured here.
Highlight ~ When the house was sold in the mid-1950s, it became a rectory for Catholic priests. They significantly changed the cottage, coverting the area above the porch into an enclosed sleeping area to accommodate the household.
"COZY CONSULATE B&B" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2003 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 16X20-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.
Another painting featured above shows a much larger painting scene with the mansion as well.
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)
"ROARING FIRE AT ROCHE” (ROCHE HARBOR, THE SAN JUANS, WA • MAY 2012 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
Winter at Roche Harbor (RocheHarbor.com) ~ I pictured my husband and me with friends singing carols and toasting our backsides in front of the blazing fire.
When I visited Roche Harbor for the first time in 2000, the space in front of the fireplace was grass. A few years ago, when my nephew Michael Barton was married there, the space in front of the fireplace was paved into a large patio ~ thus the slight revision to the original painting.
Decades ago, this huge stone fireplace was built by Roche Harbor founder John S. McMillin in what was once the banquet court adjacent to his Hotel de Haro. Frequently the setting for his sumptuous barbecues and banquets, he had the masonry inscribed with “Friendships fires are always burning.”
Highlight ~ The walkway leading from the hotel to the Roche Harbor pier bid his visitors adieu with the Scottish phrase, “God be wi’ ye till we meet again,” ~ a fitting holiday greeting!
"PAUL MCMILLIN'S PLACE AT ROCHE” (ROCHE HARBOR, THE SAN JUANS, WA • MAY 2007 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
This Roche Harbor garden scene pictured the residence where John McMillin's son Paul lived with his family during his tenure as manager of his father's business, the Roche Harbor Lime & Cement Company.
In 1930, John moved his three-story cottage from its location adjacent to the sunken garden up the nearby slope in order to take advantage of the breathtaking harbor view. Workers accomplished this painstaking task inch-by-inch using cribs and jacks ~ quite an engineering accomplishment for the time.
Later when the house became part of the Roche Harbor Resort & Marina (RocheHarbor.com) where guests frequently booked the top floor of the home as their honeymoon suite after weddings were celebrated in one of the resort gardens or Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel.
Highlight ~ My sister's son Michael Barton and his lovely bride Mikaila honeymooned in this cottage overlooking the gardens and the stunning harbor beyond.
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