SO MUCH INSPIRATION ...

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

 

THE IDYLLIC COAST OF CORNWALL, ENGLAND

This image pictures the village of St. Ives, Cornwall, England, glowing at dawn. Inspired by British storyteller Rosamunde Picher's books, "The Shell Seekers," "Day of the Storm," and "Coming Home," I made a side trip to visit this artists' colony in 2002 while vacationing in the U.K. with Doug and two of his golfing pals Ric Metzger and Brent Orrico. When they were in Turnberry, Scotland, I headed took the train south for a four-day excursion to Saint Ives' art galleries, cafes, and beaches, exploring Pilcher's "Porthkerris" based on St. Ives in her novels. As it was late Spring, kiddos were in school, so I was able to explore with no lines.

I painted a portrait of Belyar's Croft Inn where I stayed in a charming attic suite with this harbor view. Picturesque as could be, the inn was once home to a sea captain. I finished a portrait for the proprietors a couple years later as the memories of staying there were so sweet. Find the portrait of Belyar's Croft by on page 4 by clicking on the Entire Other Settings Collection pdf.

 

ENJOY THESE MERRY MONTH OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

 

 

FIVE REGIONAL GROUPS

I've divided this collection into five groups, some with sub-categories ~ each with two paintings. These highlight the settings and subjects below. I have created 80+ works in this More Paintings group, enought so that the artwork shared on my website revolves with the seasons and their holidays.

The groups include ~

 

NEW ARTWORK, MY CREATIVE PROCESS, ENTIRE COLLECTIONS PDFS, AND "THE BIG LIST"

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOLF COURSES, CLUBHOUSES AND HOLIDAY GOLF SETTINGS ~ PACIFIC NORTHWEST AND BEYOND, INCLUDING SCOTLAND DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS

Entire Golf Collection (Some Holiday) pdf ~ Click on this four-page pdf to see and learn about all 18 paintings in the "Golf" collection.

 

GOLF COURSES AND CLUBHOUSES ~ GOLF DESTINATIONS WE LOVE

"HISTORIC HAYDEN LAKE C.C. CLUBHOUSE (BOZANTA TAVERN)" (HAYDEN LAKE, ID • PAINTED AUGUST 2019 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH

Spokane businessmen J.P. Graves, F. Lewis Clark, architect Kirtland Kelsey Cutter, landscape architects the Olmsted Bros. of Brookline, MA and others began developing the western shore of Hayden Lake into “Little Switzerland” at the turn of the last century.

A branch line train connected the Idaho vacation area to Spokane, Washington. The resort included rustic cottages, an 18-hole golf course (the oldest in Idaho) and K.K. Cutter’s large Bozanta Tavern chalet-style inn.

Constructed in 1907, it became the country club's clubhouse in 1927. When I painted the historic structure, it was still serving as the clubhouse for beautiful Hayden Lake Country Club (HaydenLakeCC.com) ~ and had just received a polishing.

Highlight ~ Legendary actor and crooner Bing Crosby (Paramount Pictures' ”White Christmas”), who over the years owned a number of vacation homes on the lake, invited many of his Hollywood cronies like Bob Hope to play in his golf tournaments held here in Summer.

 

"DECORATING THE BRIDGE ON #18" (ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND, U.K. • PAINTED NOVEMBER 2002 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH).

I painted this festive golf-themed artwork to honor the Old Course at Saint Andrews (StAndrews.com) (StAndrews.com)Scotland ~ the reputed birthplace of golf. There are actually two courses there, a new one and this much revered old one.

This fun Holiday painting featured Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus decorating a tall evergreen perched on the stone bridge that connected both sides of the #18 fairway there ~ one of the more picturesque spots on the course. In the background of this piece, I included the venerable old clubhouse and Russack's famous golf hotel.

Highlight ~ To celebrate my husband Doug’s 50th birthday in 2002 (he’s a remarkable good golfer with a lifelong passion for the game), we traveled to the United Kingdom with two of his closest friends to play several of the courses that have hosted the renowned British Open ~ including this course!

 

 

GOLFING SANTAS AND SNOWMEN (IMAGINARY) COLLECTION ~ GOLFING SANTAS, SNOWMEN, ELVES AND MORE ~ INCLUDING PAINTINGS FROM THE "CANDY CANE LINKS" COLLECTION

Entire Golfing Santas and Snowmen pdf ~ Click on this 4-page pdf to see and learn about all 20 paintings in the "Golfing Santas and Snowmen" collection. NOTE ~ Actual settings like Saint Andrews, Carnoustie and several courses in the United States are part of the "Golf Courses & Clubhouses" collection above.

 

IMAGINARY GOLF COURSES AND CLUBHOUSES

NEW! "CHRISTMAS TREE ON THE CANDY CANE LINKS CART" (IMAGINARY HOLIDAY GOLF SETTING) • PAINTED DECEMBER 2021 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 5X7-INCH)

This is another piece of Holiday painting celebrating the imaginary setting “Candy Cane Links Golf Course." I've been adding to this fun grouping for decades.

I pictured Doug and me bundled up against the elements in our fantasy golf cart ~ heading across the 18th fairway with a Christmas tree strapped to the top.

Of course it’s a white Christmas with fresh snow falling and blanketing this festive Holiday scene.

I started designing these golf-themed Christmas cards a couple of years before my sweetheart Doug and I were married in 2000. Amazingly, one of our pals has have collected these since we sent the first one. This is the 24th design and the eighth "Candy Cane Links" creation.

Highlight ~ My husband's buddies affectionately call him "Doug Award" referring to all the trophies and awards he's won over the decades with his natural talent and love for the game.

 

"CANDY CANE LINKS CLUBHOUSE" (IMAGINARY GOLF SCENE • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2013 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 5X7-INCH)

These Candy Cane Links paintings are a grouping within the collection that I add a new piece of art to every now and again. I began creating these golf-themed paintings for card art cards for my passionate golfer husband when we first met in 1997 at Christmastime. They are a well-deserved nod to the sport that he loves so much ~ and happens to have a God-given flair for.

This collection of works featured Santa Claus in knickers (sometimes with Mrs. Claus), elves, snowmen, trains, golf carts and more. They also portrayed a number of actual settings like Saint Andrew's 18th fairway and the Simpson Golf Shop at Carnoustie which was a "must paint" setting for me with my last name.

This painting portrayed a gingerbread candy-trimmed clubhouse with Santa Claus lining up his putt on the 18th hole in the background. A friendly snowman was nearby to point golfers in the right direction to the first tee.

I pictured Doug and me in the clubhouse enjoy hot buttered rums ~ the perfect after-golf festive beverage.

Highlight ~ This artwork is the third painting created for my "Candy Cane Links" collection.

 

 

 

 

 

FIRE DEPARTMENTS ~ EVERETT, ARLINGTON AND OTHER FIRE DEPARTMENTS, INCLUDING AN IMAGINARY CHRISTMAS SCENE AT A WHIMSICAL BRICK FIREHOUSE

Entire Fire Departments Collection pdf ~ Click on this 2-page pdf to see and learn about all 8 paintings, most from Everett, WA, in the "Fire Departments" collection.

"OLD STATION #4 (E.F.D.)" (EVERETT, WA • PAINTED MARCH 1992• 8X10-INCH)

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

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

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

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

 

"HOSE #2 AT CHRISTMASTIME (DETAIL)" (IMAGINARY HOLIDAY SETTING, • PAINTED DECEMBER 1993 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH • NO PHOTO AVAILABLE OF THIS SETTING)

I painted this fictional turn-of-the-century Victorian-style fire station decorated for the Christmas Holidays with two huge holly-filled holiday wreaths hung on each side of the building and a large Douglas fir perched on the top (not shown in this detail of the artwork)

. Inspired by artwork painted by famed “Americana” artist Charles Wysocki, I created this festive piece for Everett, WA Fire Department EMS Fire Chief Mike Lambert as Christmas card art in 1993. He liked the Holiday painting so much that he gave framed prints to his friends, family and fellow firefighters that year. Mike owned several portraits of fire stations throughout Everett and this artwork made a nice addition to his collection of Fire Department-related artwork.

Highlight ~ This piece celebrated the comraderie the firefighters shared at Christmastime and also featured two traditional friendly Dalmation puppies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER SETTINGS IN THE U.S.A. AND BEYOND~ THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, ALASKA, HAWAII, THE DEEP SOUTH, SOUTHWEST, MIDWEST, NEW ENGLAND, AND ASSORTED OTHER REGIONS IN THE U.S.A. PLUS SETTINGS IN GREAT BRITAIN AND UZBEKISTAN OF THE FORMER SOVIET UNION

Entire Other Settings Collection pdf ~ Click on this 6-page pdf to see and learn about all 21 paintings in the "Other Settings" collection.

 

NEW ENGLAND AND THE MIDWEST ~ CHARMING "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN THESE TWO REGIONS

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

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

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

Highlight ~ I painted this artwork for Christine Scott, an executive with Microsoft who had been transferred to the East Coast. It was the third in a series of three pieces she commissioned as Holiday gifts for her husband to remind them of the wonderful times they shared in the Pacific Northwest. NOTE ~ The Scott's Orcas Island wedding portrait is also featured on my Calendrs+ page in the NEW 2023 "Washington Whimsies ~ Gazebos, Pergolas, Windmills, and More,"

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

THE SOUTHWEST ~ KANAB, UTAH AND CAREFREE, MESA, AND SCOTTSDALE, AZ

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

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

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

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

Highlight ~ ~ For years, gal pals who lived in this friendly little complex rode laps in the evening several times around the interior circular drive on one-speed bicycles ~ each one-speed bike a different color! I chose a white frame as it went with everything!

 

NEW! "BUDDY'S HAPPY HAVEN" (ALTA MESA, MESA, AZ • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2021 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 5X7-INCH)

In January 2021 just after arriving at our little desert getaway, both my husband Doug and I got really sick ~ me much worse than Doug. My hectic year-long schedule of selling our vintage cottage, moving into a new home, a full plate of home improvement, and my very busy Holiday art season finally caught up with me.

Our next door neighbor Cathy Cheatham assisted by her husband Bob were nothing short of "Angels of Mercy" during January. She helped Doug look after me, leaving hearty homemade soups, fresh fruit, healthy beverages and more at our doorway ~ not to mention offering to run to the store as needed and generally encouraging and caring for me in the kindest way. Within a few weeks, I was back to my best self, thanks to Kathy, her husband and Dougie.

These fellow “Snowbirds” who lived on a lake in South Dakota in Summer, had an energetic little black terrier-mix dog. Beloved “Buddy” has always been a constant companion and the recipient of much shameless spoiling.

Highlight ~ I completed this as a special thank-you gift for the couple ~ pictured Buddy among plants, flowers, and yard art in Kathy's courtyard gardens.

 

 

OREGON AND THE OREGON COAST ~ CANNON BEACH, ASHLAND AND MEDFORD, OR

"DOUG DREAM'S HOUSE" (CANNON BEACH, OR • PAINTED MARCH 1998 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

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

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

Highlight ~ We spent several Thanksgivings at this seaside destination after we were married ~ one with his parents and two more with my mother Sally.

 

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

“CHRISTMAS AT AQUILA VISTA” • ASHLAND, OREGON • PAINTED JULY 2016 • 8X10-INCH

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

This scene was created from a reproduction with new painted details added to give the earlier completed artwork a holiday theme. The beautiful home was built to take advantage of the view in a grove of madrones, pine trees and shrubbery. Note the tree house tucked into the forest above the home.

The couple living there when this portrait was completed, shared, “It’s been a wonderfully restful place to enjoy a glass of local wine and local wildlife (deer, elk, bears, eagles and more).” Vista Aquila was the perfect gift from Mike to Karen and they both love it!

Highlight ~ For decades, Ashland has hosted its renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Ashland Independent Film Festival (A.I.F.F.).

 

 

THE UNITED KINGDOM ~ CARNOUSTIE, ENGLAND AND WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

"SIMPSON'S GOLF SHOP" (CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND, THE UNITED KINGDOM • PAINTED NOVEMBER 2003• ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Also part of the "Golf Collection," This colorful little golf shop across the street from the famous Carnoustie Golf Club in Scotland has always held a special place in my heart ~ as I’m a Simpson! Simpson’s Golf Shop was started in 1883, and is believed to be the second oldest of its type in the United Kingdom.

Interestingly, Simpson’s was recognized by the Lord Lyon King of Arms as “amongst Nobles and in all Places of Honour to be taken, numbered, accounted and received as an incorporation Noble in the Noblesse of Scotland.”

The shop’s apparel and accessories featured a handsome, exclusive coat of arms. Simpson’s also had one of the largest collections of bag tags hanging from the rafters of the shop ~ the first thing we noticed when my husband Doug, I and two of our friends, Ric Metzger and Brento Orrico stepped through the door.

I completed this artwork for our 2003 Christmas cards ~ picturing Doug and me on a shopping spree joined by a very festive Mr. and Mrs. Kris Kringle.

Highlight ~ Our trip to Scotland celebrated Doug’s 50th birthday in spring, 2002.

 

"WINTER WEDDING AT WHISTLER" (WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, U.K. • PAINTED SEPTEMBER MARCH 2017 • ACRYLIC •5X7-INCH)

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

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

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

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

 

 

TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN ~ ONCE PART OF THE FORMER SOVIET UNION

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER SUBJECTS ~ PORTRAITS OF KITTIES, DOGS, KIDDOS, ADULTS ~ INCLUDING DOUG AND MY WEDDING PARTY, THE VIRGIN MARY AND MORE

Entire Other Subjects Collection pdf ~ Click on the 4-page pdf to see and learn about all 20 paintings in the "Other Subjects" collection.

 

SWEET CRITTERS WE LOVE ~ PET PORTRAITS ~ SOME DONE AS MEMORIALS TO HONOR THEM WHEN THEY LEFT OUR LIVES

"AUTUMN OUTING ~ BRYCE, SPIKE & PUMPKIN" (HIGH DRIVE, SPOKANE, WA • DECEMBER 2020 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 5X7-INCH)

When my youngest brother met his bride-to-be, she had a sweet black dog named Spike who became a member of their household as a young married couple.

When her furry little buddy passed away, once their two kiddos Scot and Izzie were old enough to appreciate pets, Jan and Bob enlarged their family with two rambunctious rescue dogs ~ a sleek caramel-colored male named Bryce and a huskier female they called Pumpkin because of the shades of her unusually gorgeous coat.

The two latter dogs, often unpredictable and inquisitive, both experienced a number of unique adventures ~ like the discovery of a case of beer and a supply of motor oil in the garage ~ both with their names on them. Bryce also had a run-in with an angry porcupine ~ and I’m sure my brother and his wife have other stories to share. Nevertheless, all the doggies have been the objects of much affection over the years.

Highlight ~ This fine art portrait ~ a Holiday gift for the family ~ lovingly honored all three of them ~ two of which (Spike and Bryce) have sadly passed away.

 

"MIKO'S WINTER WONDERLAND" (CAT WHISKER LANE, KENMORE, WA • NOVEMBER 2017 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 5X7-INCH)

My sister and her sweetheart Ronnie purchased a small cottage on Cat Whisper Lane on a double lot in a cozy community north of Seattle in the mid-2000s.

The two had been apartment and condominium dwellers for decades, so moving into a house with a big yard was an adventure for both of them.

Hugely anticipated by my sister, a very avid legendary gardener, It was a dream come true! She worked wonders with the property ~ which also included a tulip-shuttered garden cottage on the property’s back yard.

Ron’s dream had been to add a little dog to the household, so in Autumn of 2017, Miko Amici joined the couple ~ bringing joy, companionship and his delightful energy into their world. A few short years later, Ladt was added to keep Miko company.

Highlight ~ I painted this Winter portrait of their little pooch enjoying the light snowfall as he sat on chair in their back yard as a surprise Christmas gift for Marilee and Ron.

 

 

PERSONAL PORTRAITS OF PEOPLE ~ FRIENDS AND FAMILY IMMORTALIZED ON CANVAS

"THE WARD WEDDING PARTY" (ECHO FALLS COUNTRY CLUB, MONROE, WA • FEBRUARY 2004 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

To surprise and to honor my husband Doug four years into our marriage on our anniversary, I painted this portrait of our wedding party as a special gift. Here are the folks in the painting (L to R).

OUR WEDDING PARTY MEN ~ Attendant Doug’s oldest son Matt, Doug's closes best buddy and lifelong golf partner Attendant Ric Metzger (who blessedly recovered from heart surgery in time to be in our wedding party), my sweetheart Doug, his older brother Best Man Tom and Atttendant son Kevin.

OUR WEDDING PARTY WOMEN ~ Bridesmaid youngest sister Peggy Barton in the emerald blue/green blouse, Matron of Honor Robin Westbrook in the red blouse, Beautiful Bride me, Maid of Honor sister Marilee Simpson in the deep blue blouse, and my sister-in-law Jan Harkins Simpson.

Highlight ~ I bordered this portrait with the same Spring blossoms that filled our bouquets and were used to decorate the setting at Echo Falls Country Club in Monroe, WA on our special day, April 15, 2000.

 

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

This early artwork celebrated "Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato," a jazz trio made up of Paul West, Gail Clements and Rolf Johnson. The trio delighted dozens of music lovers during the 1970s and 1980s in venues all over King County. Specializing in clever lyrics and harmony similar to the then extremely popular Manhattan Transfer ensemble, this popular trio filled a special niche in the local music scene.

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

Over the years, we all became close, socializing together during their off hours. I dated Paul West for several years and Gail became a lifelong friend to my sister Marilee and me. Sadly, both Paul West and Gail "Roxie" Clements have passed away in the early 2000a.

Highlight ~ I completed this work for Gail as a special birthday gift when the trio was at the height of its popularity in 1977.

 

 

 

 

 

THE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION ~ MORE ARTWORK HONORING THE FESTIVE HOLIDAY SEASON

Entire Christmas Collection Subjects pdf ~ Click on this 2-page pdf to see and learn and all 6 paintings in the "Christmas" collection. NOTE ~ This collection is in addition to the Golfing Santa / Snowmen images featured near the top of this page and other seasonal works on the Spokane and Puget Sound pages in November and December.

 

"LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW!" (IMAGINARY HOLIDAY SETTING • PAINTED DECEMBER 2019 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 5X7-INCH)

This snowy setting was an imaginary one as our three kids, Matt, Kevin and Leah all grew up in Western Washington. Now in their thirties and forties, they have made their home in Sammamish, Bothell and Snohomish and have children of their own. Unless they were visiting Mount Baker, Crystal Mountain or Snoqualmie Pass or ski lessons, snowfalls and snowmen like these were not a common part of their little lives.

I created two versions of this friendly little portrait ~ one with just our five grandchildren and then an alteration that included Doug and me. We gave out kids framed reproductions of the kiddos-only version and used the one pictured here with us as artwork for our 2019 Christmas cards. As I've done golf-themed Holiday art for our cards since 1997, this family scene was a complete departure from the norm ~ but we couldn't resist!

The top level pictured Leah's boys, Nathan and Connor Davies. The bottom showed Kevin's kids, Piper Elizabeth and Austin. On the right is Matt's daughter, Addison.

 

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

'I’ve painted a dozens of holiday pieces over the years ~ I just LOVE Christmas and my husband Doug has always referred to me the Christmas Queen. For the past 40+ years, I’ve created special paintings for my greeting cards ~ that is up until I married Doug in April 2000. From then on Hoiday golfing Snowmen and Santas" became the annual theme to honor of his passion for the game). A handful of these 18 fun works are featured above.

This early artwork pictured all six of us Simpsons with Sally Mom cradling her youngest son Bob on her lap. We're all lounging on the comfy window seat, waiting for my dad Joe to unveil his masterpiece ~ "Mr. Gobbler."

Highlight ~ Creative Sally Mom sewed each of us Simpson girls two sets of corduroy jumpers which she paired with lace-trimmed crisp puffed sleeve blouses (pictured right). The red jumpers came out at Christmastime and the powder blue ones at Easter. As we all grew older, she made matching red and black plaid taffeta Christmas dresses. These were immortalized for years in photos taken with Santa at the Crescent Department Store.

 

 

Click on BIG LIST • MORE PAINTINGS COLLECTION or the Red Pointer graphic header here to access ALL the titiles in thIs collection. Titles of art in this FALL INTO WINTER 2022 edition are in RED CAPS alphabetically by group. These link you with bold red type to pages throughout the web site.

 

 

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