A BEAUTIFUL CORNER OF THE U.S.A. ~ Many in the greater Seattle area believe the Pacific Northwest is one of the most picturesque regions in the entire U.S.A. You'll find stunning architecture like Seattle's iconic Space Needle and lush parks and gardens because of the area's prolific rainfall.

Settings like Mount Rainier, the San Juans and the North Cascades offer some of Mother Nature's most diverse, stunnihgly beautiful handiwork.

SEATTLE'S FAMOUS PUBLIC MARKET ~ This setting on Seattle's beautiful waterfront is a famous one. Some of you may recall the scene from the favorite 1993 film, "Sleepless in Seattle," starring Tom Hands and Meg Ryan where Hanks and Rob Reiner walked down the hillside towards the Seattle Public Market, chatting about modern dating practices.

This photo of the market, a bustling hub of activity and fun in Autumn, pictures the iconic settting with an Indian Summer sky overhead.

When my husband Doug and were living in this corner of the Pacific Northwest, we often visited the market on Saturdays with out-of-town guests. It was a great place to buy seafood, farm-fresh veggies and fresh flowers for the evening meal. Everyone wanted to see the fresh catch being thrown back and forth ~ quite a site!

 

ENJOY HEARTWARMING TIME FOR GATHERING WITH FRIENDS!

 

 

FOUR REGIONAL GROUPS

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. NOTE ~ I've also completed dozens of sketches for clients ~ some on my Commission page, plus a handful of others at the foot of this and the Spokane page.

 

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

 

 

 

SEATTLE ~ UNIQUE SUBJECTS, PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN THESE NEIGHBORHOODS ~ BALLARD, CAPITOL HILL, LESCHI, MAGNOLIA, PIONEER SQUARE, PORTAGE BAY, QUEEN ANNE, THE UNIVERSITY DISTRICT, WALLINGFORD AND MORE

The Entire Seattle Collection pdf ~ Click on the 3-page pdf to see and learn about all 15 paintings in the "Seattle" collection. NOTE ~ Some views are details of larger paintings.

"PIONEER SQUARE PERGOLA" (THE DOWNTOWN DISTRICT, SEATTLE, WA. • PAINTED OCTOBER 2002 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X104-INCH)

Seattle’s pergola was designed to be the focal point Seattle's Pioneer Square (PioneerSquare.org) in the Downtown District.

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 beloveddestination ~ especially during the Holiday Season when tiny white fairy lights sparkled everywhere.

Highlight ~ I pictured my visiting teenage niece (at the time) 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 be our contractor when we purchased and restored our vintage bungalow in Eastern Washington.

 

"MERRYMAKING WITH MARY BETH'S FAMILY" (CAPITOL HILL, SEATTLE, WA. • PAINTED DECEMBER 1994• ACRYLIC• 8X104-INCH)

This painting was an alteration of a portrait I created of this brick two-story Federal-style mansion. The beautiful residence overlooked Lake Washington from the west side of Capitol Hill near Volunteer Park.

My sister Marilee, who was employed with owner Mary Beth Ballantyne at Seattle's Fredrick & Nelson Department Store, shared the original artwork with her friend one day at work. The first painting pictured Mary Beth in front of her house welcoming my sister, friend Mary Zimbawa and me for a breakfast get-together she hosted every Holiday Season. That December 1994, Mary Beth’s residence was so covered with tiny white fairy lights that it was visible for nearly a half-mile.

When Mary Beth saw my painting, she commissioned me to alter it into a "family" piece ~ adding her entire sons, daughters, in-laws, spouses and pets. We then create Chrstmascards with this heartfelt family portrait on the cover.

Highlight ~ My sister still keeps in touch with her wonderful friend Mary Beth even though it's been decades since Frederick & Nelson closed ~ lots of good memories too numerous to count.

 

 

EASTSIDE COMMUNITIES ~ PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, HISTORIC SETTINGS AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN THESE COMMUNITIES ~ BELLEVUE, CLYDE HILL, ISSAQUAH, KIRKLAND, LAKE HILLS, MEDINA, NORTH BEND, REDMOND, SAMMAMISH, SNOHOMISH, SNOQUALMIE & WOODINVILLE

Entire Eastside Collection pdf ~ Click on the 11-page pdf to see and learn about all 55 paintings in the "Eastside Communities" collection.

 

BELLEVUE, MEDINA, LAKE HILLS AND YARROW POINT ~ SETTINGS IN NEIGHBORHOODS NEAR LAKE WASHINGTON, SOME WITH WATERFRONT PROPERTIES

"MEDINA NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET" (MEDINA, WA • PAINTED MAY 2001 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This charming corner grocery was known for decades as the “penny candy store” for the lakeside community of Medina, Washington.

At the time I painted this piece, the little store had an uncertain future, as rumor had it that the familiar little “landmark” might be demolished as the lot it was sitting on was so valuable.

Recently on a visit to the area, I drove through Medina and saw that the building had had a great deal of repair work done and was open again for business.

In 2001, when I began the portrait of it, the market has just closed its doors, but retained the casual coziness of days gone by.

Highlight ~ This little store always held lots of memories for the youngsters who grew up within walking distance of it in the 1950s and 1960s.

 

"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 years ago, many of the homeward-bound commuters probably drove by this architectural gem without realizing it.

Sadly, this handsome historic house was demolished in 2018 to accommodate the installation of a light rail system route through Bellevue ~ something that busy commuters were hoping would help alleviate the terrible snarled traffic that King County has been dealing with for the last 30 years. Once part of the Eastside Heritage Center (EastsideHeritageCenter.org), this Mission Revival-style residence was carefully restored several years ago, so its destruction was crushing to many local historians as very few vintage structures remain in this constantly burgeoning metropolitan area.

Highlight ~ 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 also using to mansion to showcase period historical exhibit highlighting the history of Bellevue, Medina and beyond.

 

 

KIRKLAND, YARROW POINT AND CLYDE HILL ~ COMMUNITIES NORTH OF BELLEVUE AND MEDINA, SOME ON THE WATERFRONT OF LAKE WASHINGTON

“STECKART'S SUNSHINY MORNING” (KIRKLAND, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 1999 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

The Steckarts commissioned this home portrait after seeing several of their neighbors’ paintings that I had completed for folks who lived in this picturesque hillside overlooking Yarrow Bay from its western side.

The couple asked me to be sure and include their beautiful surrounding gardens which were frequently dappled with the shadows of the morning Autumn sun.

This handsome sprawling shingled residence enjoyed a peek-a-boo view of Lake Washington through a lush natural area populated by families of eagles and other wildlife.

Highlight ~ The couple was so happy with the painting that I finished for them that they commissioned an alteration of it with Christmas decorations, a huge glittering evergreen visible from the front window, and dozens of festive colored lights. Upon completion, the Steckarts had me create holiday cards for their annual mailing to friends and clients.

 

"TARTAN TRIM AT THE TOLLEFSTON'S" (YARROW POING, 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 decades before the family purchased it.

It was one of the original vacation cottages on Lake Washington and the Tollefson family worked diligently to authentically restore it to its original feel with more current conveniences deftly added throughout the house.

The artwork featured here was a reworking of a commission (“Tulips at the Tollefson’s”) I completed for the family in 1999. In this painting embellished with a Holiday theme, the Tollefsons decorated their cottage festively for the season with tartan ribbons, fairy lights, candles and greenery. Daughters Thea and Clara were perched on the porch railing while their pet lab welcomed family and friends arriving to celebrate with the family.

Highlight ~ This altered piece was used to create their 2008 Christmas cards.


 

REDMOND, WOODINVILLE AND SAMMAMISH ~ PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, HISTORIC SETTINGS, "HOME SWEET HOMES," WOODINVILLE'S "WINE COUNTRY" AND MORE

"WEDDING AT THE WOODSIDE HOUSE" (REDMOND, WA • PAINTED JULY 2005 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

When I painted this pretty wedding-themed piece, this Dutch Colonial was serving Redmond as Carolyn Miglino’s delightful “Rosetree Cottage” boutique.

The home was originally built in 1925 by Dr. and Mrs. James H. Woodside on the corner of NE 83rd Street and 164th Avenue NE. Veterinarian Woodside made house calls to local farmers. Before the days of telephones, he was reached for emergencies at Hotel Redmond (Justice White House).

Active in civic affairs, Woodside ran for (but lost) a seat on the first Redmond Town Council in 1913. Upon his death, another veterinarian bought the house, ultimately selling it to the Swensons (Redmond Elementary School principal). The Swensons lived in it several decades, creating lush, colorful gardens around the residence.

Highlight ~ When the future of the house was threatened in 2000, Carolyn Miglino vacated her space in the Stone House rescued it by having it moved to another nearby lot and re-opened the pretty two-story as her gift shop.

 

"GATHERING AT THE GRANGE" (REDMOND, WA • PAINTED OCTOBER 20091 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

I completed this portrait of #322 Happy Valley Grange in honor of its 100th birthday in 2009. Founded in 1909, the clapboard structure was built in the 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.

The grange was the ideal setting for this event as it was adjacent to a bustling farm that catered to the neighborhood on the hill above. Two artists created the friendly snowman who kept us company that chilly winter night.

I pictured myself with creative pal Robin Westbrook and sister Marlee carrying crates of our artwork and craft items to set up for the Annual Holiday Bazaar that was hosted by the Grange in the early 2000s. It was a wonderful cozy venue located next door to the Serres Family Christmas Tree Farm.

Highlight ~ One of Hollywood's most famous and accomplished Oscar winning actors spent his youth growing up on a small farm in Happy Valley. Gary Cooper lived in the area with his family during the Great Depression years until the Coopers were able to move to Montana.

 

 

ISSAQUAH, NORTH BEND & SNOQUALMIE ~ SNOQUALMIE FALLS, THE SALISH LODGE & SPA, THE VINTAGE RAILWAY STATION AND "HOME SWEET HOMES"

"EXPLORING SNOQUALMIE FALLS" (SNOQUALMIE, WA • OCTOBER 2001• ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Snoqualmie Falls 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 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.

When I painted this portrait of the falls, the setting had two gift shops (one on the main foor of the handsome lodge (SalishLodge.MyShopify.com) and the other at the top of the hiking trail that took folks down a steep hillside 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 setting was incorporated into Tim Burton’s dark campy "Twin Peaks" television series.

 

"SUNSET AT THE SALISH & SPA" (SNOQUALMIE, WA • JUNE 2001 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

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. It is especially breathtaking at Christmastime.

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.

 

 

NORTH PUGET SOUND ~ PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, HISTORIC SETTINGS AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN THESE COMMUNITIES ~ ANACORTES, EDMONDS, EVERETT, KENMORE, LA CONNER, LAKE ROESIGNER, LAKE STEVENS, MONROE, MOUNT VERNON AND MORE

 

Entire North Puget Sound Collection pdf ~ Click on the 3-page pdf to see and learn about all 13 paintings in the "North Puget Sound" collection. NOTE ~ Some views are details of larger paintings.

"AUTUMN AT THE ARTISTREE" (COUNTRY VILLAGE, BOTHELL, WA • PAINTED JUNE 2022 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

The Artistree was a unique fine art gallery in Bothell’s Country Village where I exhibited a revolving show of my artwork during the mid-1990s for nearly a decade. The gallery was part of a unique 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 completely rural. Country Village sprang to life in Autumn with Oktoberfest and at Christmastime when families witnessed Santa landing in the village square in his sleigh with reindeer. Sadly these traditions ended as the real estate at this destination became too valuable to support the quaint little retail setting. It was purchased by a developer who filled the property with homes for the rapidly growing community.

The Artistree was operated by Robin and Wendy James with help from their father, Bob ~ all three very talented artists. Robin illustrated the nationally famous children’s Serendipity books while her sister Wendy created whimsical jewelry. Bob was the genius behind the Bon Marche’s (later absorbed by Macy’s) Holiday trim for decades. Sadly, the James family sold the gallery in the early 2000s upon Bob’s passing.

Highlight ~ I had the privilege of working with with Bob in a department that was part of Store Planning from 1974 through 1988.

 

"CRUSING LA CONNER IN JUST-A-TUG" (LA CONNER, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Bill and Jamie Fowler commissioned this portrait of their summer home “Justatug” several years ago when I met the couple at my artwork booth at the Redmond Saturday Market. They were enchanted with my little paintings ~ and decided to choose me as their artists to memorialize their very unique Summer "home."

These two enjoyed every second of the summer months cruising around Puget Sound and the San Juans in this handsome vessel. This was perfect retirement arrangement as they spent the cooler months of the year wintering in a cozy cottage they built on their son's property.

This painting also featured the beloved resort town of La Conner (LaConnerchamber.com) (LaConnerChamber.com)in the background.

Highlight ~ Located in the midst of surrounding tulip fields, every spring La Conner welcomed folks from all over the United States and Canada for their Annual Tulip Festival (TulipFestival.org).

 

SNOHOMISH ~ PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN THIS REMARKABLE COMMUNITY KNOWN FOR ITS HISTORIC DISTRICT LOADED WITH BUNGALOWS, CRAFTSMAN COTTAGES, FOURSQUARES AND VICTORIANS ~ PLUS ONE CONVERTED CHURCH

 

Entire Snohomish Collection pdf ~ Click on this 6-page pdf to see and learn about all 27 paintings in the "Snohomish" collection.

"SUNFLOWERS IN SNOHOMISH (BLACKMAN HOUSE)" (SNOHOMISH, WA • SEPTEMBER 2008 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

 
Built in 1898 and located at 330 Avenue D, this charming columned home with its unusual double cupolas was once owned by Elhanon Blackman. The Blackman family was very active in the thriving little community of Snohomish ~ and Elhanon held the position as the very first postmaster there. With his other brother Alanson,

Elhanon invented and patented a machine that manufactured shingles ~ a very popular new building material of the day. To advertise their new product, the brothers used it on Elhanon’s beautiful Victorian, as it had a unique roofline featuring not one, but two cupolas as mentioned above.

Hyrcanus Blackman owned another very pretty residence in town, which was also carefully restored. It went on to house the Snohomish Museum decades later.

Highlight ~ I’ve pictured my husband Doug and me amid lots of friendly sunflowers on a lovely Autumn afternoon.

 

"MAKING SNOWMEN AT THE MARKS' HOUSE" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED 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 cottage was a distinct departure from other vintage Victorians 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 Matt and Kevin purchase homes on the outskirts of Snohomish ~ a good reason to visit our sweet grandkids and walk the Historic District!

 

 

SOUTHERN AND WESTERN PUGET SOUND ~ PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, HISTORIC SETTINGS AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN THESE COMMUNITIES ~ BREMERTON, LAKEWOOD, NISQUALLY, NORMANDY PARK, OLYMPIA , PORT ORCHARD, SEAHURST AND MORE

 

Entire South and West Puget Sound Collection pdf ~ Click on this three-page pdf to see and learn about all 12 paintings in the "South and West Puget Sound" collection.

"STAN' FORMAN'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 Forman, 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.

Stan was great fun to spend time with. He 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 ‘60s “Beachcombers” band in addition to his career at Capitol Records, music was a huge part of Stan’s 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!

 

"BILL & JORJA'S CHRISTMAS CAT" (BREMERTON, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This portrayed the charming brick Tudor my brother Bill and his wife Jorja moved into after outgrowing a four-room tiny frame cottage in Bremerton. This home was blessed with a “cat slide” roof ~ appropriate as the house always had a kitty or two “ruling the roost.”

The cottage was one block west of the junior college and two blocks south of an inlet in Bremerton. A huge cherry tree blossomed into pink flowers every Spring.

This art pictured their giant Christmas tree sparkling in the window with white light garlands placed all around the first floor of the cottage. Kitty Mitten kept watch for ol’ Saint Nick from the dining room as Bill and Jorja welcomed my husband Doug, me, Sally mom and sis Marilee with fiancé Ron on Christmas Eve.

Highlight ~ This artwork was created as a Christmas gift for the couple in 1992 ~ reworked in 2009 to honor Bill’s 50th birthday.

 

 

PORT TOWNSEND ~ PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, HISTORIC SETTINGS AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN THIS SEASIDE COMMUNITY WITH AN AVID HISTORIC DISTRICT FILLED WITH BUNGALOWS, CRAFTSMAN COTTAGES, FOURSQUARES, SALT-BOXES, VICTORIANS AND MORE

 

Entire Port Townsend Collection pdf ~ Click on this 4-page pdf to see and learn about all 18 paintings in the "Port Townsend" collection.

"WYLIE HOUSE AUTUMN WELCOME" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED JULY 2006 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This pretty Victorian Queen Anne-style cottage sparkled with imaginative detail and trim ~ from its second-story porch and French doors to its inviting bay windows on the first floor.

The home also enjoyed a peek-a-boo view of Port Townsend’s harbor below PT;s Historic District. It was built in 1889 on 1406 Garfield Street for the Henry Wylie family.

Sadly, Henry’s wife passed away soon after the family moved into their pretty cottage in this seaside community ~  causing them all to relocate back to Illinois in the Midwest. The charming place looked small from the curb, but included a parlor, sitting room, kitchen, dining room and enclosed porch ~ all on the first floor ~ with bedrooms located on the second story.

Highlight ~ This artwork celebrated Autumn, the tradition of raking brilliantly colored leaves and “al fresco” dining on a crisp Indian Summer day.

 

"SKATING SERENADE" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 2000 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 16X20~INCH)

I was inspired to paint this large snow scene (a 16x20-inch canvas) years ago after touring Port Townsend’s Historic District in the mid-1970s. The quaint, lovely seaside port community has always been an inspiration and I have completed over a dozen paintings honoring this picturesque destination.

One of my favorite Queen Anne’s there with the three-story “German Consulate” pictured here (also known as the Frank Hastings House). I planned this entire painting around it.

After positioning the mansion, I added a few imaginary structures and other details to the scene ~ railroad tracks, a whimsical Victorian one-room train depot, white clapboard church and a New England-style covered bridge. I pictured skaters twirling on the ice, sleighs filled with riders slicing merrily through the snow and positioned snowmen here and there around the landscape.

After I finally finished this Winter-themed scene, I later completed a second smaller piece, “Cozy Consulate B&B,” that focused just on the mansion. I gave the second piece a Spring theme with pots filled with geraniums on the porch and alyssum and petunias in the gardens.

Highlight ~ This ambitious Winter-themed piece of fine art took me well over 250 hours to complete over a span of ten years.

 

 

ISLANDS IN THE PUGET SOUND ~ PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, HISTORIC SETTINGS AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN THE PUGET SOUND ISLANDS ~ BAINBRIDGE, VASHON, WHIDBEY AND THE SAN JUANS ~ INCLUDING NEARLY A DOZEN SCENES OF ROCHE HARBOR

Entire Islands Collection pdf ~ Click on this four-page pdf to see and learn about all 17paintings in the "Islands" collection.

"PAUL MCMILLINS PLACE AT ROCHE" (ROCHE HARBOR, SAN JUAN ISLAND, WA • PAINTED MAY 2007 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This Roche Harbor (RocheHarbor.com) 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 both cribs and jacks ~ quite an engineering accomplishment for the time.

Later when the house became part of the Roche Harbor Resort & Marina, guests frequently booked the top floor of the charming cottage as their honeymoon suite after the wedding celebration at one of the resort's garden setting or at the pristine Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel.

Highlight ~ My sister Peggy's son Michael and his bride Mikaila spent their honeymoon night here after their marriage in the garden and reception on the patio overlooking the outdoor fireplace.

 

"ROARING FIRE AT ROCHE” (ROCHE HARBOR, SAN JUAN ISLAND, WA • MAY 2012 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Christmastime 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. When my nephew was married there several years after I finished this artwork, instead of a grassy area, it was paved into a large patio ~ thus the revision to the original painting.

Decades ago, a 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!

 

 

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

 

 

MAY YOUR HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS BE FESTIVE AND FUN!

 

 

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