Thank you so much for your kind interest in my work ~ and HAPPY SUMMER to ALL!

During my many years as a fine artist, art director and graphic designer, several significant events and career choices have contributed to my development as an artist in the "Americana" style.

For most of my career, it's been my signature genre ~ although there is a handful of contemporary creations from the 1970s and 1980s still floating around. A couple of these are hanging in my youngest brother Bob's home. Every time I visit his family and see them, I am amazed at where my artistic efforts have taken me over the years.

As much as Bob and his wife appreciate these works, I'm glad I embraced, developed and refined my style in the direction I did. This friendly genre has brought me decades of joy and personal satisfaction ~ and many friends and clients. Below I've highlighted milestones that helped shape my career.

 

 

 

FINGER-PAINTING IN THE FIRST GRADE

Sister Rita Mae Fischer (image above with my First Grade class) noted on my report card, “She loves artwork of all kinds and is a tireless worker." It is amazing how true that statement still is today. Our beloved teacher (now in her 90s) is thriving at the Franciscan Sisters Convent in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. I am still in touch with her. NOTE ~ Find more information on this inspiring woman further down on this page under the "Patti Simpson Ward in the Press" section.

Highlight ~ In Summer 2016, Spokane celebrated the Franciscan Sisters' 100 years of dedicated service to Spokane, WA and the surrounding Inland Northwest. Dozens of alumni from Marycliff High School, Saint Augustine's Grade School (renamed Cataldo) and other parochial schools in our community once staffed by the Franciscans filled Saint Augustine's Church for Mass and a reception afterwards. The event was "standing-room-only" ~ a beautiful tribute to these dedicated religious educators.

GRADE SCHOOL YEARS ~ More often than not, I remember drawing, writing and pasting up my own magazines, newsletters and booklets at my bedroom desk while my brothers and sisters were outside playing with neighborhood pals. "Creating" has always been my heart's desire.

LATER YEARS ~ Saint Augustine's Grade School pal Maggie McCarthyBraeuer and I have stayed in touch over these many decades. She was my best very friend from the first through sixth grades. Maggie met and married her husband Wayne decades ago, and then moved across the United States from the Pacific Northwest to Alexandria, Virginia. Every once in a while she comes back to Spokane to visit ~ not just to see me, but to connect with her cousin Molly Roberts Hannan who lives near us (more on Molly below). A few years back, Maggie brought several "butterfly" books I created for her when we were in our mid-20s living in Western Washington. Lots of good memories there!

 

"FASCINATING" MR. FLEMISTER

When this photo was taken in 1957, Uncle Ed Flemister (my dad's sister 's husband) was vacationing with wife Wanda and son Jim at our lake cabin at Hayden Lake, ID. Ed was taking a much needed break from piloting a small plane for Bethlehem Steel in Venezuela, South America. Highlight ~ An aviator for decades, he helped start Wein Air Alaska which ultimately went on to become Alaska Airlines.

When not flying his plane, Ed spent much of his free time painting with oils, sketching with charcoals and experimenting with photography. He always had a dark room in every home he and my aunt shared. On the rare occasions when the Flemisters visited us in Spokane, I begged for art lessons. Yes, the people started with peanuts in this first lesson pictured here.

TWO FINAL EXHIBITS ~ In January 2009 when Ed was in his mid-90s, he exhibited his huge personal art and photography collection in a gallery in the Downtown District of Baker City, OR. In 2010, he moved to Tampa, FL to be closer to only son Jim's family. Four years later, the Tampa Public Library hosted an exhibit of his work. The Tampa Tribune published a glowing pictorial praising his talent, enthusiasm, and zest for life.

In January 2015 after a creative, adventure-filled life, Ed Flemister passed away at age 98 after celebrating Christmas with his extended family. On Facebook, Todd Flemister recalled his grandfather as being "one of the most fascinating people" he had ever known. The passing of this remarkable man truly felt like the end of an era all of us..

 

MURALS AND MORE AT SAINT JOHN VIANNEY CATHOLIC SCHOOL

In November of my sixth grade at Saint Augustine's, my family moved from Spokane's South Hill to suburban Spokane Valley. Our new neighborhood "Kokomo" was filled with ranch-style ramblers and mid-century moderns (our new home, the latter). My mother Sally Mom's "dream house" had been featured in a 1962 Sunset Magazine pictorial and she couldn't wait to move in.

At Saint John Vianney Grade School, more often than not, I was at the back of the classroom drawing murals with pastels on butcher paper while other classmates were learning fractions. Math can still be a challenge ~ especially during income tax season!

10+ YEARS OF CAMP FIRE ~ As a Camp Fire Girl for more than 10 years, I earned many arts and crafts-related awards. This spawned a Summer job in 1969 between my freshman and sophomore college years as a counselor at Camp Dart-Lo north of town on the Little Spokane River. I taught crafts and dramatic arts.

Sharing ideas with the kiddos was a rewarding way to spend my Summer vacation ~ and I'm sure I learned more from my little campers than they did from me. Their most creative project? Elaborate bird mobiles created from chewing gum wrappers.

 

HNA, FWC, EWU AND MY FIRST FREELANCE DESIGN PROJECT

HNA & FWC ~ During high school years at Holy Names Academy, I enrolled in basic and advanced design classes which included the opportunity to attend weekend workshops at Fort Wright College. My parents, especially Sally Mom, always encouraged me. I had not found my artistic niche yet, as most of my creative efforts were still of a contemporary nature ~ but the ONE thing I knew for certain was that I wanted a career in art.

Highlight ~ At the Summer 2013 Holy Names 125th Anniversary Celebration, I reconnected with the woman who encouraged and influenced me most as a young art student. Sr. Shirley Mallory (Justin Mary) taught the fundamentals of design ~ but always stressed being true to your own creative passion.

As you can see by this photo, both of us were delighted with our reunion. I was so grateful for the opportunity to thank her in person for everything she taught me. Sadly, this very talented educator passed away just a few short months after this meeting. Find more about the 125th anniversary festivities in the "The Holy Names Sisters" section below.

EWC ~ When I attended what is now Eastern Washington State University (it was still a college during my several years spent there), I designed the graphics for a friend’s successful campaign to be voted in as student body president (yes, he won!). In later years, John Allen opened "Vino," a very successful wine business on Washington Street in Spokane's Downtown District on the south side of the Spokane Falls.

MY FIRST FREELANCE GRAPHIC DESIGN PROJECT ~ A couple of years after John's election, one of my classmates at EWC introduced me to her father, then president of The National Syndicate Advertising Agency.

After looking through my portfolio of dozens of sketches, he commissioned me to create 50 pen & ink drawings for a year's worth of print ads ~ each designed to sell motor vehicles using an "All American" theme ~ as it turned out, right up my alley!

Between my sophomore and junior Summer vacation, I worked on these, creating each with a different theme to satisfy the list of all 50 promotions. The result was the booklet pictured here, "The People's Choice." It was an election year, so this theme was perfect. Althought my copy is dog-eared and faded, I still have the final project!

Highlight ~ After wrapping up the National Syndicate project, I moved to Seattle, connecting with my youngest sister Peggy, a nursing student at the University of Washington. I moved in with her and several women in their early twenties. Some were students at the U of W and others were starting careers like me. One afternoon while Peggy and I were driving up Aurora Avenue, we were amazed to see one of my car dealership ads on the billboard above the highway. So gratifying!

 

SETTLING IN SEATTLE WITH MY SISTER

ROOMMATES IN TWO HOUSES ~ The first home Peggy and I lived in was a pretty two-story Cape Cod near U of W Husky Stadium. in the painting I created for her wedding gift when she married childhood sweetheart Jeff Barton in 1976. See "The Peggy Places" painting near the top by clicking my Commission page.

After a year at a small chic ready-to-wear boutique Russann's, I signed on at Seattle's Bon Marché flagship department store (eventually absorbed by Macy's) as a sign-maker and graphic designer.

A couple of life-changing events happened. One Christmas, I received a coffee table book of Grandma Moses' American Primitive art (still in my Art History library pictured below). More importantly, I discovered Charles Wysocki when my housemate Dawn Tanneburg tacked Wysocki's 1974 "Americana" Calendar to the outside of her bedroom door.

The seeds were planted! As intrigued as I was with Grandma Moses' warm family-friendly paintings, I was mesmerized by Wysocki's whimsical subjects and his extreme, yet very enchanting attention to detail.

MY "AMERICANA" DREAM BEGAN ~ Many of Wysocki's subjects were New England-inspired imaginary settings. My dream was to paint actual places I loved in this magical, intricate "Americana" style. To the right is one of my first works (1975) of our family's South Hill Dutch Colonial, the historic Codd House.

A SLOWLY CHANGING STYLE ~ This acrylic-on-canvas piece is also part of my personal collection, reminding me of where I was when I began my fascination with this genre. As evidenced by most of my current work on this website, I've moved far beyond the early "folk-art" feel that this early effort exudes.

NOTE ~ As mentioned above, another early portrait of the Codd House (I've painted it five times) is part of "The Peggy Places" artwork mentioned above, featured near the top of my Commission page.

In the mid-1970s, a Bellevue gallery exhibited and sold several of my early Primitive-style paintings. Later in the mid-1980s, several pieces of my expanding collection were featured for a couple years in an Eastern Washington gallery in Kirkland's Art Walk District.

DEVELOPING MY STYLE AND MY SIGNATURE "ICON" ~ As I shared, years passed and I refined my style. I added more perspective for depth and focused more on all the details that helped tell my clients' stories. I also designed a signature "icon" I still use ~ my first name with a circle around it plus a red heart.

I began taking my camera with me everywhere so I could shoot photos the moment anything caught my eye. This was a bonus when my sister Marilee and I visited Port Townsend's Tour of Historic Homes in the late 1970s. That trip inspired over a dozen paintings (Port Townsend Collection pdf) of the remarkable vintage Victorians there. Now I use my iPhone and can "air-drop" images to my MacBook Pro immediately. Digital media has truly changed the world.

 

HONORS IN UZBEKISTAN

In the late 1988, I traveled to the U.S.S.R. with two-dozen associates from varied professions, including media consultants and motivational speakers. Destinations included Moscow, St. Petersburg (also known as Leningrad and Stalingrad in earlier days), Russia and Seattle's "Sister City" at the time, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

A HUGE HONOR ~ While in Tashkent, I was befriended by several women ~ a professor, medical student and a national gallery curator. The introduction to the curator proved to be fortuitous, as with the help of then Seattle Mayor Charles Royer's Russian-born wife Tatiana, she arranged for two of my paintings of Tashkent scenes to be displayed in the National Art Gallery of Tashkent. One is here and the other on my More Collections page.

The "Sister City" relationship between Seattle and Tashkent was a natural fit as the climate and personality of the two cities were very similar. Far south of Moscow's governement seat, Tashkent felt much more open and relaxed. Also, similar to Seattle's Boeing facility at the time, Tashkent was home to the U.S.S.R.'s Aeroflat factory.

Highlight ~ Visiting the former Soviet Union changed my life. It opened my eyes to how lucky I was to have been born in the United States. The U.S.S.R. was stunningly beautiful and the people incredibly hospitable thanks to Gorbechov's "Peristroika" movement at the time. Much of the U.S.S.R. was a culture and history-lover's dream, but the trip made me grateful for the priceless freedom and opportunities we all enjoy in the United States.

 

CREATING MY FINE ART CALENDARS AND JOURNALS

29 YEARS OF CALENDARS ~ To dovetail with my exhibits and events (and to placate family members who had received one piece of artwork too many), my sister Marilee suggested I design a calendar to showcase some of the NEW pieces of artwork I create every year.

Highlight ~ The first cover (image left) shared the vintage Codd house ~ a third effort at portraying our Simpson family home in the 1950s. Its still in my collection.

In 1994, I ordered about a dozen copies from my printer. These days, I sell hundreds, often designing them in as many as four editions and shipping them all over the United States and beyond. A handful of clients have collected them since I created the first one ~ truly flattering!

Over the years, I've found that folks who grew up in the Pacific Northwest (especially Spokane, WA) have wonderful memories of this "city with a small town feel." Its neighborhoods and landmarks make it such a special place.

 

SPOKANE'S BROWNE'S ADDITION AND THE FIRST "ARTFEST"

OUTDOOR SUMMER ART FESTIVALS ~ In 1997, the Eastern Washington Historical Society invited me to exhibit at its first outdoor art festival ~ currently known as "ArtFest."

Browne's Addition and Coeur d'Alene Park comprise Spokane's first and oldest neighborhood. It is filled with mansions designed for Spokane's wealthy timber and mining magnates. Paintings of these are featured in my website's "Browne's Addition" section on the Spokane page. Many are still standing, although some were divided into apartments for returning World War II servicemen in the late-1940s. Today, there is a movement to restore many back to single-family-dwellings ~ a blessing for this heritage-preserved neighborhood.

At this first ArtFest in 1997, I exhibited 18 works of fine art, including portraits of three beloved historic residences designed by renowned architect Kirtland Kelsey Cutter ~ the Patrick Clark Mansion, the Wakefield House and the Amasa Campbell House.

1997 CALENDAR ~ My 1997 "Pacific NW Memories" calendar did a beautiful job of introducing my "Americana" fine art to Spokane for the very first time.

THE MAC ~ The Amasa Campbell House served as the Cheney-Cowles Museum until the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (The MAC) complex was finished and opened to the public. This allowed restoration to begin on the mansion which was donated to Spokane by the Campbell's daughter Helen after her mother Grace passed. Remarkably, Cutter's sample book was found in a linen closet in the servants' quarters on the third floor. COVID was not friendly to the tradition of the MAC conducting tours of the beautifully restored home, but but as more folks are vaccinated and the pandemic subsides, look for details on this on their website (NorthwestMuseum.org).

THE MUSEUM STORE ~ I have a small collection of art cards featuring Inland Northwest and Campbell House scenes at the store available for purchase. In 2021, I offered a calendar of Campbell House images at art events that featured 3 NEW paintings ~ one of the small guest room with a teddy bear theme as this toy appeared about the time the family moved into the home, one of the men's cardroom, and a third of the rustic back yard gazebo. Folks loved this edition and it sold out at Christmas.

See my fine art of the 34 Browne's Addition settings and read their histories in my Browne's Addition Collection pdf. Three other NEW recent works include the "Pink Palace on Pacific" (2021), "Balloons and Blossoms at the 1899 House B&B" (2020), and "Brunch at Browne's Boomtown Bistro" (2020).

Highlight ~ A few years ago, the restoration of the Coeur d'Alene Park band pavilion was completed. I gave the park stewardship organization permission to use my fine art (image right) to raise funds for their organization. Learn more about the milestone 125th birthday celebration of Coeur d'Alene Park further down on this page in the "Art Directing, Unveilings, Awards and More" section.

 

OPPORTUNITIES IN OLYMPIA AT THE CAPITOL

In the late 1990s, I was honored by Lt. Governor Brad and Mrs. Linda Owen ~ avid advocates of Washington State's many diverse fine artists. Patricia M. Prince met me at that first ArtFest mentioned above and recommended my work to the Owens. She admired my portraits of settings from all over Washington State ~ and knew the Owens would find them a very nice fit for the exhibit.

The Owens invited me to join several others exhibiting originals in Olympia's State Capitol Legislative Building. The opening of "Children at Play in Washington State" was followed by a reception attended by state dignitaries, legislators, visiting school children and more.

Doug and I met Congressman Dino Rossi who later ran for Washington State Governor. My husband Doug and I had been dating for just a short while, so was an honor to include him in the prestigious festivities.

This exhibit and reception inspired my Holiday-themed portrait (pictured left) of the majestic Legislative Building. When I finished this painting, Governor Gary Locke was serving his second term in office. I gave both Governor Locke and Lt. Governor Brad Owens framed prints of this festive caroling scene.

"Children at Play" was just one of four fine art exhibits held in the Legislative Building featuring work from both my Spokane and Puget Sound Collections during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Heading up a committee of very committed volunteers, what a gift it was that the Owens worked so hard to promote the work of Washington State artists. The halls of the elegant Washington Capitol building proved to be a spectacular backdrop for the creative efforts of everyone involved. The setting and art exhibits really boosted the careers of many of us!

Lt. Governor Brad Owen retired a while back from a long and generous career of public service. All of us who were involved with the creative ventures supported by him and his wife Linda are still very grateful to both of them.

 

THE SISTERS OF THE HOLY NAMES OF JESUS AND MARY

You never know what ripple effect the smallest gesture can have. In 1997, I finished my first portrait (since altered and updated in the image further down on this page) of the Victorian brick three-storythat housed my high school on Spokane's North Side. My class of 1968 celebrated our 50th reunion in 2018. Another milestone year is coming up soon!

Highlight ~ John Stockton, retired Utah Jazz basketball star, grew up across Superior Street from my high school.

When Gonzaga Prep began accepting women students, Holy Names Academy and Marycliff (the South Hill's all-girls high school), just couldn't compete with Prep's co-educational platform. The declining enrollment caused the Academy to close its doors in 1975. After ten-plus years of neglect, local developer Harry (Hank) A. Green created a stunning upscale retirement center from my old high school ~ all the while retaining much of its original architectural details. Recently, the Academy building was purchased by a Salt Lake City company committed to doing a great deal more restoration work on the historic building. The structure that housed Marycliff was also converted into upscale office space. Its name was changed back to the original one ~ "Undercliff."

AN UNEXPECTED HONOR ~ In Spring 2001, I sent my art card of Holy Names Academy to beloved principal Sr. Eileen Rose in Spokane. I heard from Communications Coordinator Becky Sullivan and the Director of Development Sr. Celine Steinberger, asking if they could feature my school portrait in a future publication devoted to creative alumni. My rendition of HNA was chosen as cover art for the SNJM Washington Partners in Mission Magazine ~ a HUGE honor!

FOUR SEASONS OF HOLY NAMES ~ In Summer 2013, I donated four works of Holy Names settings in the Pacific Northwest Province (Washington, Idaho and Oregon) to the sisters to commemorate the 125th anniversary of their arrival in the region (more on this below). The artwork is still hanging on the walls of the sisters' regional Spokane South Hill offices ~ remarkably two blocks from our cottage on Moran Prairie.

 

OVERVIEW • FOUR HOLY NAMES-THEMED PAINTINGS

 

A SPECIAL THANK YOU ~ Doug and I owe a huge debt of gratitude for the generous love and support the Sisters of the Holy Names have given us over the past six years. In addition to all of the Sisters' worthy projects and activities, when life presented my husband with serious challenges, the first person I phoned for emotional support and prayers was dear Sister Celine Steinberger.

Sadly, she passed away on Christmas Day, 2017. Both Doug and I still miss her terribly. She and the sisters prayed many, many special prayers for Doug and me ~ helping us both deal with challenges in very different way. The kind sisters have been with Doug and me through thick and thin, sending their loving, blessed thoughts our way for patience and perseverence as he strives for complete recovery. We are SO indebted to these dedicated holy women.

NOTE ~ Beloved Sister Celine Steinberger is pictured below in the "Art Directing, Unveilings, Awards and More" section.

2015 CHRISTMAS COMMISSION ~ In 2015, Sister Celine invited me to design the order's annual crystal Christmas ornament and Holiday card. Each year, this task has always been awarded to a different Holy Names province. In 2015, the task fell to the Pacific Northwest Chapter ~ and Sister Celine decided to try something new.

Since the ornament program began in 1994, a Holy Names Sister had always designed the artwork. At Sister Celine's request, I became the first secular alum invited to contribute to this special tradition. It was a bittersweet honor as who knew she had only a couple of Christmases left to celebrate?

My portrait of the Christmas Nativity pictured in the pen, ink & pastels sketch to the right, was featured on the 2015 Christmas cards and tree ornaments sent by the sisters to all Holy Names alumni. For those who were especially generous with their annual gifts, a line-drawing version was etched on fine crystal ornaments produced by Seattle's Barone Crystal (BaroneCrystal.com). We hang several of these on our Christmas tree every year. I'm so honored that my design became part of the collection.

To learn more about the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in the Spokane area, please contact them at:

Office of the Sisters of the Holy Names, Washington Province, Inland Northwest Mailing Address • 5919 South Regal Street, Suite 308, Spokane, WA 99223-6024 • Tel 509.328.7470 • Email ProvAdmin@SNJMuson.org.

 

 

(32-PLUS YEARS ~ MOST RECENT FIRST)

2017 TO PRESENT ~ ART DIRECTOR, UPDATE NEWSLETTER, SPOKANE PRESERVATION ADVOCATES ~ In late December 2016, I met with outgoing SPA's President Bridget Piper. Our meeting was about polishing and updating some of the communication pieces SPA produced to educate the public about SPA's goals and projects for preserving Inland Northwest historic settings in Spokane's Downtown District and beyond.

Bridget and I tossed around ideas, but the main one we agreed upon was that SPA needed to present a more professional image, i.e. "best foot forward." Over the years, the need for preservation has grown, expenses have expanded and grant requests have become more substantial. Goals include growing SPA and assuring its issues get the attention and support they need to keep developers from destroying one-of-a-kind settings in the future.

My main project was a revamping of SPA's quarterly newsletter UPDATE. Partnering with Executive Coordinator Dave Shockley, who organizes stories and images from contributors, we freshened up the newsletter. We added a table of contents, re-created the "Join Spokane Preservation Advocates NOW" page, and shared the images in a more compelling, graphically pleasing way. Dave has always made this responsibility easy for me, even during COVID challenges. We mailed our first revised issue in March 2017. Lots of positive feedback came our way about how great it looked, how easy it was to navigate, read ~ and most importantly, remember the content.

Sadly, as SPA's special events planned for the 2021 Christmas season were cancelled due to a spike in COVID cases brought about by the new variant, the December UPDATE was skipped in 2021.

JANUARY & JUNE 2022 EDITIONS ~ A January UPDATE was completed in record time to highlight a serious challenge to the K.K. Cutter-designed Chancery Building by the influential Cowles family.

The Chancery problem was again addressed in the recent June newsletter. This edition also highlighted photos and results from the highly successful (and much missed during COVID years) "Sparkle & Spend" Benefit hosted by Barrister Winery at the end of March. The event made a record amount of money for SPA and folks who attended were delighted to finally be able to raise the much needed funds in person! For details on these articles and more, visit the SPA website (SpokanePreservation.org).

 

2017-2019 ~ ART DIRECTOR, FRIENDS OF THE MOORE TURNER HERITAGE GARDENS ~ The Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens were installed in the early 1900s behind the F. Rockwood Moore mansion. George and Bertha Turner purchased it upon his passing, but ultimately the home was given to the community. Tragically, it was demolished due to the Great Depression and the lack of funds for maintenance ~ a huge loss, as many believe it to be K.K. Cutter's first residential commission.

ICE STORM & MYRTLE WOLDSON ~ The 1996 ice storm destroyed many trees where the gardens had been and exposed some original features installed by Portland designer Hugh Bryan. On a walk, the Corbin Art Center director discovered these, which spawned a restoration project largely funded by philanthropist Myrtle Woldson. Volunteers partnered with Spokane Parks & Recreation and spent countless hours resurrecting the gardens with heritage plantings from the era of their original creation.

THE BEGINNING OF "FRIENDS" ~ The stewardship organization "Friends of Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens" (HeritageGardens.org) was formed to support the gardens and the Corbin Art Center. Flanked on the left by D.C. Corbin's mansion (CAC) and on the right by the F. Lewis Clark Mansion (Marycliff Catholic School), the gardens remain the only heritage gardens in Eastern Washington. In January 2017, I was invited to be art director to help resurrect the original graphic vision created when the organization began. After two years, I retired due to health challenges in our family. A very hopeful board is working hard on future projects and fund-raising events after COVID years. I wish them well with the challenges ahead.

 

2014--2019 ~ ART DIRECTOR, FRIENDS OF COEUR D'ALENE PARK, BROWNE'S ADDITION ~ As I shared above, Coeur d'Alene Park in Browne's Addition is Spokane's first and oldest park. The Friends of CDA Park (TinyUrl.com) stewardship group's initial project was to restore the park's old onion-domed band pavilion. As mentioned, I allowed them to use my portrait (pictured above) of the "Pavilion at Coeur d'Alene Park" to assist with fundraising.

I became more involved as art director when the organization needed an "identity" for their presence in the community as well as communications pieces for print and the web. I donated designs for logos and an informational tri-fold, posters featuring my art of the band pavilion, and banners for fund-raising efforts, including a booth at the MAC's ArtFest.

4TH ANNUAL SPOOKWALK ~ In October 2019, folks joined "Friends" historian MaryLou Sproul for SpookWalk, a "Fun & Fright" night tour of Browne's Addition settings, many with dubious pasts. Guests (many in costurmes) gathered at dusk at E.J. Rober's Secret Garden for apple cider and pumpkin carols before beginning the two-hour tour. A cemetery and several mansions were on the list, including Patsy Clark's, believed to have its own resident ghost. The modest SpookWalk fee benefitted the Friends of CDA Park. I donated this ghostly design for the SpookWalk logo and poster.

2014 ART FOR THE PARK ~ In 2014, the Friends of CDA Park presented improvement plans to the Spokane Parks & Recreation Department. The goal was to bring the park more in-line with the 1890s vision suggested by famed landscape architects, the Olmsted Bros. 2016 was the park's 125th birthday. A kick-off benefit dinner was held November 7, 2015 at Patsy Clark's where Bob Scarfo's Master Plan and a vintage-themed portrait I painted of the park were both unveiled. See "Vintage View of Coeur d'Alene Park" in the Inland NW Parks and Gardens Collection pdf.

"Art For the Park" in May 2016 brought attention to CDA Park with a multi-faceted community art event. I designed the logo, poster, signage, banners, brochures and postcards promoting the CDA Park "happening." Art For the Park featured four street intersection mural artists, activities for kids, food trucks and local artists with booths by the bandstand.

Held at The MAC, September 10, 2016 ended the 125th birthday celebration. My "Vintage View of Coeur d'Alene Park" original was awarded to the winning ticket holders, owners of the1899 House B&B. See it in the Browne's Addition Collection pdf. Funds raised from the birthday events greatly upgraded CDA Park.

BROWNE'S ADDITION NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL ~ Although in the past two years, COVID has tried its best to negatively affect the schedule of events, I still help "Friends" and the Browne's Addition Neighborhood Council as my busy schedule allows. In Spring 2019, I designed the Browne's Addition flag, plus their Annual Summer Concert Series poster / program cover. I designed the concert poster again in 2021.

 

2012 ~ MY FIRST SPOKANE "FIRST FRIDAY" ART WALK ~ In November 2012, after Doug and I moved back to Spokane from the Seattle area, I unveiled my portrait, "Snow Chapel at Holy Names Academy" (pictured in the group of Holy Names paintings above) at the E.J. Roberts' Mansion First Friday event in Browne's Addition.

Mary Moltke was still managing events and guests at E.J.'s at the time. After decades spent restoring the 1889 Queen Anne into a hugely popular inn / event center, Mary scaled back her involvement, taking some much needed time offf.

The First Friday Art Walk was attended by many Holy Names Academy alums and several Holy Names Sisters. These included Sister Celine Steinberger (beside me in the photo here) and Sister Paula Mary Turnbull (this internationally renowned artist passed away in 2018). My dear pal and great-granddaughter of E.J. Roberts, Molly Roberts Hannan, was also on hand and is pictured far right in this image.

The First Friday invitation was timely as Spokane was in the midst of hosting the 2012 National Historic Preservation Society Convention. The event also dovetailed beautifully with the nationally sponsored Candlelight Sumner Avenue Tour of Historic Homes on Spokane's South Hill during the 2012 Holiday Season.

Since this initial First Friday Art Walk, my work has been featured at Barrister Winery, Marketplace Winery, Grande Ronde Cellars, Arbor Crest Cellars, Kendall Yards Welcome Center, and many other local Spokane venues.

 

2010 ~ WINNER FIRST PLACE! REDMOND SATURDAY MARKET FINE ART COMPETITION ~ Although I retired as an active member of the Redmond Saturday Market in 2011 (my fifth and final year), I'm proud of the artwork I painted for the poster I designed promoting its milestone 35th season.

This venue in Downtown Redmond across the 520 Bridge from Seattle took place on a grassy area by tall Ponderosa pines that shared shade during the hot Summer months when the market was in full operation.

The Redmond Saturday Market board chose "Meeting at the Market" (pictured below in my "Patti Simpson Ward in The Press" section) as first place winner in their competition for the best artwork capturing the "market experience." It pictured vendors, shoppers and families with pets enjoying a sunny Saturday.

Dozens of posters featuring my painting were displayed throughout King County's Eastside during the market's season which ran from May 1st through October 31st, 2010.

I've shared the article published about me in the Redmond Reporter below in the "Patti Simpson Ward in the Press" section.

To learn more about this popular Western Washington outdoor venue (second only to Seattle's Pike Place Market), visit their web site (RedmondSaturdayMarket.org).

 

 

2010 ~ CO-CHAIR & ART DIRECTOR SAMMAMISH ART FAIR ~ The community of Sammamish invited me to co-chair and art direct this ambitious art exhibit / fine art fair after two prior years of volunteering. It took six months of planning, promoting and organizing to bring the 33-artist co-op to fruition.

In addition to co-chairing the event, as art director I handled all the graphic design projects, including:

Sammamish, its arts commission, artists and patrons were all generous with their appreciation of the months of hard work. The event was a huge success with attendance up nearly twice as much as the previous year.

 

2008 ~ KAC MEMBERS' EXHIBIT ~ In August 2008, my painting of "Springtime Comes to Simpson Street" was chosen for the Kirkland Arts Center (KirklandArtsCenter.com) Members' Exhibit (see the painting on my Commission page). It showed a "neighborhood" of homes I've lived in and loved over the years. This painting has always been "fluid" as new family members are added and changes happen to the homes. I'm working on a fourth revision to add our most recent grandchildren ~ and our new Moran Prairie cottage.

The upper street showed years growing up on Spokane's South Hill Lincoln Street cottage and the historic Codd Dutch Colonial on 25th Avenue before our family moved to the Spokane Valley. The lower street pictured Doug and my home in Sammamish and the 1937 craftsman we moved into in late 2011 on 18th Avenue on Spokane's South Hill.

The Peter Kirk Building (namesake of the community of Kirkland), an ornate three-story brick Victorian, has housed the Kirkland Arts Center for decades. This wonderful venue hosts exhibits and offers art classes covering nearly all artistic genres. To see my portrait of this vintage community icon and learn about its interesting local history, find it in the Kirkland section of my Eastside Collection pdf.

When I first joined KAC, the organization displayed and offered for sale artists' and instructors' work at a retail location in the nearby Parkplace Mall. This was a great venue for KAC members to showcase their talents. It closed in 2015 when the mall began an extensive renovation ~ an unfortunate loss for Kirkland's fine art community.

 

 

2008 ~ WINNER SECOND PLACE ~ EASTSIDE ASSOCIATION OF FINE ARTS AND THE CITY OF REDMOND, WASHINGTON

Three Redmond art and history-oriented organizations (Eastside Association of Fine Arts, Redmond Arts Commission and the Redmond Historical Society) sponsored a competition for fine art and photography honoring Redmond's history during the annual community bicycle-themed Summer festival. 65 pieces were hung (four of them mine) in the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center. My "Bill Brown Building" painting took second place in the competition. It went on to be exhibited alternately between Redmond City Hall and the Redmond Public Library for nearly two years.

The Eastside Collection pdf shares my entire collection of Redmond landmark portraits as well as many other Eastside King County settings.

In 2012-2013, I designed five large format historical banners for the Redmond's City Hall through my association with Redmond Historical Society. For more information on this active group, find them at RedmondHistoricalSociety.org.

 

1990-2007 ~ ARTISTREE GALLERY, COUNTRY VILLAGE ~ From 1990 to 2010, Artistree Gallery was operated in Bothell, WA north of Seattle by genius designer Bob James and his two talented daughters Robin and Wendy.

BON MARCHE CREATIVE GENIUS ~ Bob James was famous in the Pacific Northwest for creating the signature star for the flagship Seattle department store and the Madona at the Spokane location ~ plus all of their Holiday decor for decades. His equally famous daughter Robin was a talented illustrator for the Serendipity children's books ~ some still available today.

I was one of several artists with a permanent revolving exhibit at the Artistree for over a decade. The gallery featured my paintings of Roche Harbor, Port Townsend, Snohomish, Seattle, King County Eastside communities, and beyond.

Country Village and The Artistree came alive at Christmas with strolling carolers, festive decorations, open houses and more. The gallery featured Holiday-themed art in December in keeping with Country Villages Christmas theme. After all, this shoppers' destination featured Santa flying down from the sky in his sleigh landing on the plaza, eliciting ooohs and aahhhs from folks of all ages! It was a fun decade and the James family was a dream to work with.

In 2018, this quaint collection of shops, art galleries, and cafés in refurbished farm buildings closed forever. A developer made "an offer they couldn't refuse," and the property became an upscale neighborhood of expensive homes. Quaint Country Village is still missed by many ~ especially at Christmas. Find my art of the Artistree Gallery in the North Puget Sound pdf.

 

ART FAIRS, FESTIVALS & THE FOLKS BEHIND THE SCENES

COVID-19 AND MORE ~ When many art festivals were cancelled in 2000 and 2021 thanks to the virus, I'm so grateful that Spokane retail shops like Riverfront Park's Carousel Shop and other local retail venues continued to sell my work. But, as vaccinations have increased, events like the Manito Park Art Show and Arbor Crest's Art & Glass Fest are wonderfully back on my 2022 schedule!

Regardless, I'm so blessed to have these wonderful "folks behind the scenes" in my creative corner! THANKS to ~

BLESSINGS TO MY "ANGELS ON EARTH"!

 

 

(LAST 16 YEARS ~ MOST RECENT FIRST)

2022 ~ UPDATE NEWSLETTER • SPOKANE PRESERVATION ADVOCATES ~ In the Spring 2022 issue of SPA'S quarterly newsletter, Executive Coordinator Dave Shockley invited me to use my NEW painting, "The Historic Beautiful Chancery Building" to highlight an article on the vintage structure, another well-known Kirtland K. Cutter architectural gem.

The article, "Spring Advacocy Update" by SPA Advocacy Chair Jesse Bank, addressed the possible demolition of it by the influential Cowles family, who it was learned late last year, wished to demolish and replace it with a more modern building designed for commercial purposes. The replacement structure would also offer much needed Spokane housing on its upper floors.

A worthy goal perhaps, but the Chancery Buillding is undeniably an iconic, one-of-a-kind structure. Many in our community believe it deserves special consideration, and that it should be preserved as a reminder of Spokane's remarkable historic architecture. The Chancery Building is an important piece of Architect Kirtland K. Cutter's legacy in the Downtown District.

Read the article on page 3 by clicking on the image of the Spring UPDATE issue above in the "Art Directing, Unveilings, Awards & More" section ~ or by clicking on 2022 June SPA UPDATE Newsletter pdf.

Highlight ~ The endangered Chancery Building was also featured in much greater detail in the newsletter's lead article (also by Jesse Bank) in the previous January issue of UPDATE. Visit Spokane Preservation Advocates at SpokanePreservation.org for details on how to receive a pdf of that issue from Dave Shockley at SPA.

 

 

2019 ~ ARBOR CREST HOLIDAY SHOW / SUMMER ART & GLASS FEST ~ The painting in this poster is my "Kris Kringle Comes to the Cliff House." It was used to promote the 2019 Holiday Art Show at the Cliff House. There was also a mention in the local Spokesman Review about me and my work as "head-lining artist" for this event.

Highlight ~ In Summer 2000 and 2021 due to COVID-19 challenges, the Arbor Crest Art & Glass Fest was cancelled. However, this year it's back and all the fine artists and crafters are thrilled! Find details on my Art Venues page.

PROMO MATERIALS FOR THREE ARBOR CREST EVENTS ~ This poster designed by Robin Fontaine (Crispy Communications) was our third collaboration promoting Arbor Crest Art Events in Spokane, Spokane Valley, Coeur d'Alene and beyond. In addition to the poster, She also used the image in print ads in The Inlander and other publications. In this image for the 2019 Holiday Art Show and two others for the August Art & Class Fest ~ "Cliff House at Arbor Crest" in 2015 and "Gathering at the Arbor Crest Gate House" in 2017.

Robin retired at the end of 2019. She shared how happy she was that her poster with my painting on it was her last project ~ and how much she enjoyed our collaboration when she was at The MAC and later at Crispy Communications.

ROYAL RIBLET ~ In 1924, Royal Newton Riblet had his Florentine-style mansion built to take advantage of the view from the cliffs of his property. An inventor and mechanical genius, his estate was filled with marvels like a mechanical garage door and a waterfall that recycled water back to the top of the falls. His most famous invention was the chair-lift ~ freeing skiers around the world from having to use T-bars, rope tows or just climbing back up the mountain. Riblet visited a mine site, and was inspired by full ore buckets going up and down a belt from the mine to to the freight cars below.

The Cliff House operates very successfully as a special event center. Owned by members of the Harry Milke family, it is still a beloved destination for many folks in our community as well as out of town visitors.

Highlight ~ When Royal Riblet was living at Cliff House, the cement factory below on the Spokane River spewed harmful dust fragments into the air, deteriorating his mansion's facade. He sued ~ and the attorneys who won the first ever environmental case of its kind were associates James Winton and my father Joseph A. Simpson.

 

 

2019 ~ "THE LIFE AND TIMES OF PATSY CLARK • MINING PIONEER" ~ Author John H. Richards, the great-grandson of world famous mining mogul Patsy Clark, gathered information for his definitive biography for over a decade and published his eagerly awaited book in 2019.

John sorted through hundreds of family photos and proprietary journals in addition to spending hours at the Spokane Public Library and The MAC ~ just to name a few important sources.

The book included unique finds from the Clark family archives never shared before ~ which makes this a "must have" for any Inland Northwest history-lover's library.

John and his wife Mary are not only fine art clients of mine, they became good friends over the years. My portrait of the Patrick Clark mansion hangs in their home.

I was honored when John asked me if he could include the image in his book which ffeatured only two color plates. My portrait of his mansion was one of them.

When I finished this art in 1997 (image left), the mansion was serving Spokane as Patsy Clark's Restaurant. Many remember this one-of-a-kind opulent dining experience fondly and miss it to this day. When Patsy's closed, a group of attorneys purchased the historic property, continuing its restoration. The second floor housed their law offices and they offered the first floor to the public as a event center.

After several years at the grand mansion and much work completed, the first group of attorneys sold it to another law firm who opened their offices in 2020..

 

2017 ~ THE SPOKESMAN REVIEW ~ "Art In Bloom: Back Porch • Artists, Floral Designers in Art In Bloom Help Moore-Turner Gardens, Corbin Art Center" ~ Above on this page under the "Art Directing, Unveilings, Awards & More" section, I shared details about Friends of Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens.

TWO BENEFITS ~ The Friends of Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens" is a non-profit group that hosted two benefits annually ~ a "Traditional English Tea" and "Art In Bloom" ~ raising funds to help maintain both the heritage gardens and Corbin Art Center. A quilt display in past years, in 2017 and 2018, the exhibit on CAC'S main floor paired donated floral arrangements with fine art from over a dozen artists. The artists also donated items to the Art in Bloom benefit raffle. CAC's second floor hosted booths for both participating and other artists.

Click on 2017 The Spokesman Review Art in Bloom Article pdf to see more Art in Bloom images and to read Pat Munt's story about the that year's event ~ including the news of the sudden passing of Diane Zahner, Art In Bloom artist for two years. This photo pictures me holding my 2017 September Art in Bloom event poster with Moore-Turner Heritage Garden's Lead Docent Paula Whitcom and Gardens Historical Director Linda Yeomans.

Highlight ~ On that note, Linda is the "go to" gal if you are interested in having your home listed on the Spokane, Washington, State, or the National Historic Register of Historic Places.

2021'S NEW "ART IN THE ATTIC" FUNDRAISER ~ Sadly, COVID challenges has caused both the tea and art / floral benefits to be cancelled in recent years, but in Autumn 2021, FMTG introduced a new benefit fundraiser, "Art in the Attic." I donated framed prints of my portrait of the "Harvest Festival at Hutton School" ~ plus a favorite image of many, "Flying South Over Spokane Falls (Monroe Street Bridge."). Both sold handsomely at this fundraiser.

 

 

2016 ~ CONTEMPLATE NEWSLETTER ~ Published by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration headquartered in Wisconsin, the article "Sister Rita Mae: Furthering FSPA's Mission of Education" was featured in the December 2016 issue. Click on the "Contemplate" image here or on Contemplate pdf to read it.

This article featured my first grade teacher from Spokane's Saint Augustine Grade School (renamed Cataldo Catholic School). I have been in touch with this inspiring woman who has touched my life for many decades. She is pictured in the 1956 class photo at the top of this page ~ wearing her Franciscan habit, as the sisters were still doing throughout the 1950s and 1960s when I was a student.

 

2013 ~ DODSON'S PROMOTIONAL POSTCARD ~ This promotional postcards went to all the folks attending the Spokane Symphony performances during the performances presented during the 2013 Holiday Season.

Dodson's owners Penn and Deborah Fix hosted Holiday and Winter-themed artwork exhibited by several talented well-known local artists at their shop on Riverside Avenue in Spokane's Downtown District.

Of the ten originals they chose from my Spokane Collection, "Vista House View" and "Cavorting at Cannon Hill Pond" were purchased that year by Pat and Kathleen Dix. The couple later commissioned art of their lake cabin on Hayden at Sunset Beach near my brother Bob' place. See it on my Commission page.

In 2014, Dodson's invited me back and featured 13 of my works including portraits of the Spokane County Courthouse, a Christmas Eve portrait of Saint Augustine's Church, Mount Spokane's historic Frances Cook cabin and lots of Holiday pieces like "The Crescent Window at Christmas" pictured on the postcard.

STORE CLOSURE ~ After three generations of proprietors and decades of doing business in the Inland Northwest, this beloved jewelry store closed its doors forever at the end of 2018. In September 2020, the jewelry store re-opened with a new owner and name, Johnson's Custom Jewelry.

 

2013 ~ ENTERTAINMENT SPOKANE NEWSLETTER ~ In November 2013, the Arbor Crest Cellars Tasting Room at River Park Square mounted an exhibit of 35 of my seasonal works. The event began with a First Friday "Meet & Greet."

At the time, Ed Clark was producing a weekly newsletter about "happenings" in Spokane called Entertainment Spokane, (EntertainmentSpokane.com). His October 30th, 2013 issue featured a wonderful article about my appearnace at the tasting room.

My exhibit focused on local Winter and Holiday scenes similar to the Dodson's exhibits ~ but with 25 additional pieces. Themes included Magical Spokane Memories, Christmas at the Campbell House, Home for the Holidays ("Home Sweet Homes" decorated for the season), Gathering at Gonzaga University, Santa in Scotland (Holiday golf-themed), Mount Spokane State Park, and Manito Park.

I unveiled my painting of the Manito's sledding hill on the corner of 18th Avenue & Grand Boulevard (pictured here in the Entertainment Spokane article). It featured friends and families in a mid-1950s scene enjoying a crisp, Winter day after a fresh snowfall. This artwork brought back very fond memories for lots of Spokane "baby-boomers." Remarkably, this setting is much the same today.

 

2013 ~ SNJM WASHINGTON PARTNERS IN MISSION MAGAZINE ~ The Autumn 2013 issue included a photograph of me with my commemorative painting of Holy Names Academy in a collage of photos on page 10 of the newsletter.

As I shared above on this page, I reworked an earlier portrait of HNA to create "Celebrating at Holy Names." This revised piece honored the sisters arrival to the Inland Northwest 125 ago with students and educators in the foreground and a streamer above waving our old school song, "O Holy Names we sing thy praises..."

As pictured above, I donated framed prints of the "Four Seasons of Holy Names" to the sisters for their retirement facility. My dear friend and accomplished local artist Jeannine Marx Fruci had just completed a beautiful watercolor of the Academy and she gave them a framed piece as well. Warm wonderful memories inspired us both!

All five images were on display throughout the weekend celebration. In addition, the artwork that both Jeannie and I donated to the auction portion did well and brought in much needed funds for the Holy Names Music School and ongoing care for the retired sisters.

 

2010 ~ REDMOND REPORTER NEWSPAPER ~ As I mentioned above, my painting of "Meeting at The Market" won first place in the Redmond Saturday Market artwork competition. This colorful piece featured a border of fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers with arts & crafts vendors and shoppers in the scene. After winning the competition, the market board of directors invited me to design the promotional poster for the market's 35th season (pictured right).

I met with Redmond Reporter staff writer Mary Stevens Decker for an interview ~ our second in four years. We spent a half hour at Redmond's Soul Foods Bistro catching up as there had been lots of changes in both of our lives. Ms. Decker wrote a glowing full-page piece with a photo of me and the image of my poster (pictured right) advertising the milestone season of this beloved Redmond, WA outdoor venue.

Click on Redmond Reporter II pdf or the poster here to read "Meeting at The Market ~ Local Artist spotlights upcoming Saturday Market in Promotional Poster."

 

2007 ~ 425 MAGAZINE HOLIDAY ISSUE ~ In 2007, I was invited to be featured with 11 other fine artists in 425 Magazine'sHoliday Issue in a beautiful full-color spread entitled "12 Days of Christmas Cards."

The magazine celebrates the ever-burgeoning city of Bellevue and other Eastside communities (east of Seattle and Lake Washington) in the "425" area code. To read the article, meet the artists and see the collection of Christmas-themed artwork, click on the image to the left or on 425 pdf.

For more information or to subscribe, visit 425Magazine.com.

"The Happy Holiday House" portrayed the Queen Anne-style Harmon House located in the heart of the Snohomish Historic District. To read about the history of the house, click on Snohomish pdf.

A 30-minute drive north of Seattle, this community is filled with restored historic residences built in the late 1800s. It's a great "get-away" destination with B&Bs, cafés, and over a dozen beautifully stocked antique shops ~ especially during Christmas!

As I painted portraits of 27 Snohomish residences, many friends came my way through my association with the Snohomish Historical Society (SnohomishHistoricalSociety.org.). I was invited to do several "Meet & Greets" during their September and December Tours of Historic Homes when Doug and I lived nearby in Sammamish in the 2000s.

 

2006 ~ REDMOND REPORTER NEWSPAPER ~ When the Redmond Historical Society asked me to join their board, Renee DuVal-Northern approached the organization for help with historic photos for her Stone House Café. This was fitting as the restaurant was housed in a unique stone and brick cottage built at the turn of the last century.

I helped her out with this project and shared that in addition to being an art director and graphic designer, I was also a fine artist. Renee purchased a framed portrait of her historic Stone House.

When she opened her café, the Redmond Reporter published a two-page pictorial about the unique setting. She shared my portrait of her restaurant with staff writer Mary Stevens Decker, who phoned me for an interview. Click on Redmond Reporter pdf to read the article, "Redmond Spotlight: Artist Sees Beauty in Old Buildings."

Later, the business was purchased in 2010 by restaurateur Ryan Donaldson who was featured several times on Seattle's KING TV's Evening Magazine. Chef Ryan became famous for his Northwest cuisine, local wines and spirits ~ building a very devoted clientele.

Ryan also purchased art of "The Stone House" for his establishment and hung it prominently in the main dining room. This was my last artwork financial transaction before before Doug and I left the area, moving back to Spokane and the Inland Northwest.

 

 

I'm passionate about giving back. It's the least I can do with all of the support I've received over the decades from friends, clients and generous patrons.

WESTERN WASHINGTON ~ I was one of the original founding members of the Eastside Heritage Center in Bellevue, WA. I also served for eight years on the Redmond Historical Society Board. As their art director, I created the newsletter, event signage, and graphics / historical banners for the 2013 Redmond 100th Birthday Celebration.

EASTERN WASHINGTON ~ As I mentioned above, I served as the volunteer art director for several of non-profits like Spokane Preservation Advocates, Friends of Coeur d'Alene Park, the Browne's Addition Neighborhood Council ~ and others. I have also been an active member of The MAC for over 25 years.

DONATING ART DURING COVID-19 ~ Normally, I donate artwork to Inland Northwest benefits and auctions. Sadly, many were cancelled due to COVID in 2020 and 2021. Blessedly, most of these very necessary organizations have planned in-person fundraisers again for 2022!

CTE ~ One of my favorites has been Spokane Symphony's "Christmas Tree Elegance." 2021 will mark my 8th year of participation. The event began at the Davenport Hotel and Riverpark Square on Friday, November 29th with the drawing on Sunday, December 12th. My donation of artwork "Lights A-Glow at the Manito Park Conservatory" (pictured here) was featured at Tree #6, Elizabeth C. Raol's "An Inland Northwest Staycation."

 

LIST OF RECENT INLAND NORTHWEST CAUSES AND AUCTION DONATIONS

In past years, I've also given artwork to the Redmond and Sammamish Chambers of Commerce in Western Washington. As I mentioned above, my favorite charity is the retirement funds for the Sisters of the Holy Names and the Franicisan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. These selfless retired educators deserve every penny I can give them! Look for my list of 2022 causes listed here as the year unfolds.

 

 

MY FINE ART & DESIGN STUDIO ~ When Doug and I married in 2000, his wedding gift to me was my studio ~ a huge luxury after the cramped quarters in my small Seattle Capitol Hill condominium. When we relocated from Western Washington back to Spokane in 2011, this tradition continued ~ first at our vintage Craftsman by Manito Park and then at at our new cottage on Moran Prarie. My studio was one of the first rooms to be set up and I've finished over a dozen paintings since we settled into our new home. Natural light floods the gardens my studio ovrerlooks where tulips and daffodils are starting to push through the soil. It is truly inspiring.

PITTYPAT GALLERY CLOSED ~ 2020 and 2021 have definitely brought changes, so for reasons which include our move in July 2020, COVID, and health challenged for Doug, I closed my gallery. I am focusing on my PittyPat Studio these days. Thank you SO much to all my clients, friends and patrons who came to see my artwork in-person over the years. As mentioned above, I am still creating and welcome hearing from you (Cell 206.406.1409 talk/text).

UNVEILING NEW FINE ART ~ Frequently when I finish NEW artwork of a favorite or familiar setting, you'll find the painting image on my Facebook page "PattiSimpsonWardArt. Facebook images are usually part of the seasonal collection I'm featuring on my website. Find details on my What's New and Art Venues pages.

V.I.P. MAILING LIST ~ To be added to my V.I.P. List (Very Important Patron), please phone or text me at 206.406.1409 with your contact information. Clients receive two to three postcards per year ~ either digitally or in hard copy format via U.S.P.S.Your privacy is very important to me. I absolutely NEVER share your personal information.

 

 

HAPPINESS FOR 22+ YEARS!

THE HAPPIEST DAY OF OUR LIVES ~ Doug and I married in April, 2000 on a beautiful April 15, 2000 day at a ceremony perfromed by Robbie Faunstock at Echo Falls Country Club.

THE WEDDING PARTY ~ My father's oldest, dearest friend, Mike Doohan, stepped in for my dad Joe who had passed away over a decade before. He walked me down the aisle to where my beautiful mother Sally was seated (all dressed in rosy pink) ~ and gave me away. Doug two sons, Matt and Kevin were groomsmen. His brother Tom acted as best man. Sis Peggy and sister-in-law Jan were bridesmaids; sis Marilee, my maid of honor; and long-time close friend Robin Westbrook, my matron of honor.

Dear friend and accomplished jazz musican Darren Motamedy played Pacha Belle's Canon, and then went on to perform dozens of other numbers at our reception later. Over 250 friends and family joined us on our special day ~ many who came to join us from mant miles away. It was a perfect day and the beginning of a WONDERFUL life.

Highlight ~ A few years later, beloved Reverend Father Tony Leyman blessed our marriage ~ another blessed, very special moment.

 

OUR MILESTONE 20TH ANNIVERSARY ~ AND MORE

In 2020, thanks to COVID's untimel arrival, we celebrated 20 wonderful years together with a very quiet dinner at home. Then In 2021, Doug was at a post-op meeting with his medical team at Houston's MD Anderson Cancer Center after surgery in March, so a special anniversary celebration was on the back burner AGAIN! Finally in 2022, we honored our milestone 20th two years later with a memory-filled trip to Maui. The special trip was absolutely wonderful in every way ~ sharing time with good friends throughout our stay ~ and definitely worth the wait.

OUR LOYAL FRIENDS THROUGH THICK AND THIN ~ We so appreciate all our kind friends and family who have been such a huge supports to us through Doug's health challenges during the last nearly six years. Thank goodness he is blessed with a stellar attitude, patience and perseverance. Every day is a gift, and trust me, both of us savor each and every one of them. Every prayer and good thought sent our way is also a gift, and we are so grateful for each and every one of these as well. To quote a beautiful phrase, "Sometimes MIRACLES are Simply Good People with Kind Hearts."

LONGEVITY & THE FUTURE ~ I'm so grateful for my life's calling to be an "Americana" artist ~ and I'm still building my collection of art of settings and subjects I love. What can I say? Creating fine art has always brought me great joy and satisfaction. But of course, none of this would be possible without sweet Doug and his constant love and support. He encourages me in dozens of ways, helping me believe ANYTHING is possible. There have even been times when he's suggested that I bring my art projects to work on during his lengthier treatments at the hospital.

We are both so blessed and very hopeful about the future. With our recent move to our comfy little cottage on Moran Prairie, lots of family in the same state nearby, six darling grandkiddos, and many, many wonderful friends we love ...

 

... LIFE IS A BLESSED ADVENTURE!

 

 

 

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