Many in the greater Seattle area believe this is one of the most picturesque regions in the entire Pacific Northwest. You'll find stunning architecture like Seattle's iconic Space Needle and lush green parks and gardens because of the area's prolific rainfall. Majestic settings like Mount Rainier, the San Juans and the North Cascades offer some of Mother Nature's most diverse, but stunnihgly beautiful handiwork.
THE AMAZING SEATTLE SKYLINE ~ This setting on Seattle's beautiful waterfront is a famous one. Some of you may recall this scene from the favorite 1993 film, "Sleepless in Seattle," starring Tom Hands and Meg Ryan.
This photo of the skyline was taken from Alki Beach, just southwest of the city center. It is a bustling hub of activity and fun when the rain gives way to sunny Spring.
When my husband Doug and were living in this corner of the Pacific Northwest, we occasional spent evenings with dear friends who had a home with this breathtaking view of Seattle's skyline. Magical!
FOUR GROUPS IN THE "PUGET SOUND" COLLECTION
I've divided this collection into four groups with sub-categories. Each group highlights neighborhoods, communities and well-known beloved regional areas. In most cases, the artwork revolves with and reflects the seasons and holidays.
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SEATTLE ~ (BALLARD, CAPITOL HILL, LESCHI, MAGNOLIA, PIONEER SQUARE, PORTAGE BAY, QUEEN ANNE, VIEW RIDGE AND WALLINGFORD)
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Boats of all sizes and shapes ~ yachts, cruisers, fishing boats, sailing vessels, ferries and more ~ have always been a huge part of leisure life in the Puget Sound region. Rumor had it that there were more in Puget Sound than in any other part of the United States.
When I painted this portrait of the Seattle Yacht Club (SeattleYachtClub.org) on Seattle’s Portage Bay, I took quite a bit of poetic license with the grounds in front of the club that is shown here ~ creating a lily pad-laden inlet with swans swimming around a beautiful yacht.
The cruiser belonged to longtime friends Gail (Roxie) and Dick Klein. Gail was the songstress in the local jazz trio BLT and band members Paul West and Lee Phelps and their wives were shown waiting to board the “Honeybun.
Highlight ~ Gail commissioned this piece as a special surprise “milestone” birthday gift for her husband. NOTE ~ The image here is actually a detail of a larger vertical painting.
"CABIN CRUISER QUEEN OF SEAFAIR" (LAKE WASHINGTON, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 1999 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Seattle’s city-wide Seafair festival been going on for decades for over seven decades. During the 30+ years when I was living in the Seattle area, I remember the summer months being dotted with Seafair events like parades (one just for children in Ballard and the grand “Torch Light” venue downtown), milk carton races on Lake Union, the arrival of the Seafair Pirates on Alki Beach, the coronation of the festival’s queen from the local high school princesses, the thunder of the Blue Angels jets flying in formation and three days of hydroplane activity on Lake Washington.
For years, especially if the weather was sunny and hot, my husband and I joined friends on the beach, in the “pits,” on boats or at a house party overlooking the lake, reveling in the fun of “Hydro Race Day Sunday.” In 1999, we were on the lake in our ski boat watching the acrobatics of the Blue Angles when a vintage cabin cruiser pulled up beside us. Immaculate in every detail, I snapped a photo, which resulted in this portrait with the jets in the sky above.
Highlight ~ 1999 marked the 50th year of Seafair ~ the year I painted this piece.
"HAPPY TIMES AT THE 303 HOUSE" (LATONA, SEATTLE, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 1987 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This charming little gray bungalow with its large white brick fireplace was home to my younger sister Marilee from the late 1970s to the early 1900s. Located on Latona Avenue a short walk from Green Lake in Seattle, it was the setting for countless barbecues, picnics, Halloween parties, birthday celebrations, Christmas open houses and more. It was “party central” for my sister and her friends and she played the role of hostess beautifully.
When I painted this piece, Marilee and her then partner Pete were avidly into gardening and had planted blossoms of every size, shape and color ~ in addition to fresh veggies they added to their menus all summer.
Highlight ~ Marilee’s whimsical cottage beaconed friends and family with a red satin red pillow perched in the dining room window. The lips were there for over ten years.
"VISITING CLAUDIA'S COTTAGE (DETAIL)" (MAGNOLIA, SEATTLE, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 1995 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 9X12-INCH)
This pretty home blessed with an “Anne-of-Green-Gables” feel was located on East Magnolia’s hillside. The image shared here shows just a detail of the house as it was a tall two-story with an expansive front porch and back gardens and lawn that overlooked Puget Sound’s Interbay neighborhood.
It was restored and decorated charmingly by my friend and golfing partner Claudia Carr-Gilleland who I pictured waving from her front porch. Claudia was an avid gardener and surrounded her cottage with colorful, sweet-smelling hanging baskets and flower-filled beds.
Highlight ~ During Christmastime, she was known by her friends as the “Christmas Queen” ~ pulling out all the stops and dressing her cottage from head to toe in tiny white fairy lights and shiny baubles for her much anticipated annual holiday open house. NOTE ~ The image here is actually a detail of a larger vertical painting.
BELLEVUE, MEDINA & LAKE HILLS ~ (VINTAGE AND CONTEMPORARY RESIDENCES PLUS HISTORIC COMMUNITY BUILDINGS)
"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 highly historic house was torn down in 2018 to to accommodate the installation of a light rail route ~ something that busy commuters were hoping would alleviate the terrible 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. Very few early structures remain in this constantly growing 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.
"MERRYMAKING AT THE MEDINA FERRY DOCK" (MEDINA, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2001 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Before the 520 and I-90 Bridges were built to span Lake Washington, the only access from one side of the lake to the other were daily ferries. One of these routes connected the Seattle neighborhood of Leschi on the Seattle side to Meydenbauer Bay on the east side.
Carefully preserved, this setting was once the Meydenbauer ferries’ terminal building. Decades later it was converted into the city hall for the community of Medina. When I painted this piece it was the single story building shown here with a daylight basement on the waterfront side.
In 2012, a second story was added to the structure. The beach and beautifully landscaped grounds have served Medina for decades as a public area for picnickers, sunbathers and young mothers with toddlers anxious to get their feet wet. Thus the theme of this artwork featuring my husband Doug, niece Kelly and nephew Michael about to enjoy a picnic overlooking the lake.
Highlight ~ Microsoft’s Bill and Melnda Gates’ primary residence was built nearby on the shoreline of Lake Washington just north of this old ferry terminal building.
"CELEBRATING AT SACRED HEART" (BELLEVUE, WA • PAINTED JUNE 2013 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Built in 1926 on Main Street in the heart of the Eastside community of Bellevue, this petite brick masonry Gothic structure served the Roman Catholic community as Sacred Heart Church for 30-plus years. Early Bellevue pioneer Noe Lanier donated the land for it and the little vintage church came into existence.
Remarkably, with all the business and residential growth in the burgeoning city’s downtown corridor, the structure was never demolished or moved from its original location.
The old Sacred Heart Church building is the oldest remaining Roman Catholic Church structure in Bellevue, although it was converted into an office building when the new parish complex for the Sacred Heart was built a few miles west of this location.
Highlight ~ When I completed this painting, a wooden panel hid the structure’s once welcoming front entrance, but the simple beauty and charm of the church were still intact.
"HOUSE FOR ALL SEASONS"(MEDINA, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 2007 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The portrait of this handsome home designed in authentic Northwest style was commissioned by Jo Stubbs, the mother of the wife of the couple who lived there in Medina on Lake Washington.
Jo had it painted as a very special Christmas gift for her daughter's family. Doug and I shared seats next to her at the University of Washington Husky games ~ and she was an ardent fan of my work.
This home was enjoyed by her children as “a house for all seasons” as it was a very easy place to live in any time of the year. Many in this neighborhood had replaced more modest cottages and Cape Cods with grand contemporary mansions (most owned by wealthy Microsoft executives), so the Northwest design of this residence was wonderful departure with natural building materials and imaginative lakeside landscaping.
Highlight ~ in the summer when boats cruised by, folks saw one Adirondack chair labeled “Republican” and one “Democrat” at the end of the dock.
KIRKLAND, YARROW POINT & CLYDE HILL ~ (ICONIC BUSINESS BUILDINGS AND REMARKABLE RESIDENCES)
"SCHWINNS AT THE SEARS BUILDING" (KIRKLAND, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2013 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This unique Kirkland landmark was built by Boston millionaire and philanthropist Joshua Sears in 1891 for $18,000. Sears and Peter Kirk had grand plans to make Kirkland the largest steel-producing center on the West Coast.
At the time it was finished, it was Kirkland’s largest building and slated to house a bank for their steel venture. The Panic of 1893 completely destroyed their plans and the building remained empty for decades.
The first floor housed several businesses over the decades. At one point, the upper level was divided into seven small studio apartments, but the space was recently remodeled into an expansive single-family living space with an amazing view of nearby beautiful Lake Washington. In 1983, the Sears Building was added to the National Historic Register of Historic Places ~ long overdue for this unique triangular structure.
Highlight ~ This painting pictured me with my girlfriends Robin Westbrook and Marcia Naeseth enjoying a lovely Spring afternoon shopping and riding around this pretty neighborhood on our Schwinn one-speeds.
“SPRINGTIME AT THE SHUMWAY MANSION” (KIRKLAND, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2006 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This beautiful shingled mansion was built on a seven-acre lot in Kirkland in 1909-1910 by J.G. Bartsch for the Belchertown, Massachusetts Shumway family. Three brothers arrived first, homesteading near Bow, Washington, and were followed by Carrie Holland Shumway, her mother and four sisters in the early 1800s.
Carrie served very actively on Kirkland's City Council, being Washington's first woman to be elected in 1916 to such a post. Several organizations, such as the Kirkland's Women's Club, the Seattle Bicycle Club and the Seattle Camera Club owe their beginning to this remarkable women and her sisters.
In 1944 at age 86, Carrie sold her home. After several ownerships, in 1982 Richard and Salli Harris of Edmonds bought it and relocated it to a 3.4-acre setting overlooking Juanita Bay. The 24-room mansion was restored and re-opened in 1985 as a popular bed-and-breakfast, where it was a beloved setting for weddings and other special events for many years.
Highlight ~When I painted the Shumway Mansion over a decade ago , it had just been purchased by a couple who converted the stunning structure back into a private residence.
“SPRINGTIME AT THE SALDARINI'S COTTAGE” (KIRKLAND/YARROW POINT, WA • PAINTED APRIL 1999 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This was the first of four home portraits that I completed that were located in a secluded little development in Kirkland overlooking Yarrlow Bay in 1999 and 2000.
Chuck Saldarinin, who was the CEO of the company where I was the senior graphic designer at the time, learned from our mutual friend Dick Chaffee that I was also a fine artists, so he commissioned this piece as a special Spring birthday gift for his wife Pat. Although I have always been drawn to historic residences, this newer construction cottage was very appealing with its shingled construction and pleasing architectural details.
Pat had always been an avid gardener and her husband wanted to showcase his wife’s creative “green thumb” in the piece, so I filled the flower beds with tulips and daffodils and her window box with primroses. The Saldarinins were pictured on the driveway with their beautiful elderly black lab, Pat’s constant companion while she was outdoors creating her "magic."
“TULIPS AT THE TOLLEFSONS” (YARROW POINT, KIRKAND, WA • PAINTED MAY 1999 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This charming craftsman-style cottage was part of the picturesque Yarrow Point neighborhood on the east shore of Lake Washington from nearly the beginning of the community in the early 1900s.
The Marc and Nancy Tollefson family purchased it, carefully restoring it inside out with period woodwork, windows and other fine details ~ adding vintage furniture to match the personality of the comfortable house. The property also included a smaller cottage visible in this piece at the rear of the property where Marc’s mother Lou lived for several years.
When the Tollefsons commissioned the painting, they asked that their golden lab and daughters be included in the piece, so the girls Thea and Clara were placed on both sides of the big front porch.
Highlight ~ The family is famous for their annual Independence Day weekend barbecue which dovetails with the neighborhood-wide street dance a half a block from their home.
REDMOND, WOODINVILLE & SAMMAMISH ~ (HISTORIC COMMUNITY BUILDINGS, REMARKABLE RESIDENCES, THE REDMOND SATURDAY MARKET AND WOODINVILLE WINERIES)
"SUMMERTIME AT STE. MICHELLE" (WINE COUNTRY, WOODINVILLE, WA • MAY 2001 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
World famous for its fine wines, the beautiful French chateau-styled Ste. Michelle Winery (Ste-MIchelle.com) in the heart of Woodinville’s “Wine Country” has been a favorite destination since it opened its doors to visitors many decades ago.
The destination has attracted visitors year-round, but especially in the summertime with the additional foot and bicycle traffic from the nearby Sammamish River Trail who stopped by to stroll the flower-filled grounds, rest on the shaded lawn or enjoy delicious picnic fare from the gift shop.
Add to that the hundreds of guests over the years who have packed the "al fresco" grassy concert area to picnic, drink Ste. Michelle wine and enjoy famous musicians and well-known singers who performed well into the evening every weekend from June through September.
Highlight ~ I pictured Doug and me with his brother Tom (a highly-respected wine expert) and wife Holly on the gorgeous grounds in front of the chateau.
"THE STIMSON HOUSE AT STE. MICHELLE" (WINE COUNTRY, WOODINVILLE, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 2001 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This pretty, shingle-construction two-story was built in the early 1900s as a summer getaway for the D.C. Stimson family. The Stimson's spent most of their time at a sprawling Spanish-influenced mansion in the exclusive Highlands neighborhood near Seattle Golf Club, so this was a much simpler abode where everyone in the family could let their hair down, relax and enjoy country life.
Lumber merchant Stimson also generously contributed to the construction of the nearby historic brick landmark, still standing as the Hollywood Schoolhouse. The old schoolhouse became an event center and also housed a couple of tasting rooms as Woodinville later became a wine-lovers destination.
The property on which the home sat was later sold to develop the world famous Ste. Michelle Winery (Ste-MIchelle.com) ~ and this friendly two-story residence became part of that business. Surrounded by colorful gardens and lily pad-laden ponds, its front lawn has been an ideal setting for picnickers on sunny days ever since.
Highlight ~ The brand Stimson Cellars was introduced a few years ago and the labels on the bottles features a pen & ink sketch of this lovely home.
AWARD WINNING! "MEETING AT THE MARKET" (REDMOND, WASHINGTON • PAINTED AUGUST 2009 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This piece won 1st Place and the honor of being the artwork used to promote the 2010 Redmond Saturday Market's (RedmondSaturdayMarket.org) 35th season which runs from May through October.
Posters with my fine art portrait of the market were posted throughout all the Eastside communities in Western Washington. Redmond's was the oldest and largest market on the Eastside, so this award was quite a prestigious honor for me.
With the historic Justice White house in the background, I gave this artwork an all-American theme. It paid homage to the fine tradition of selling and shopping for goods produced by local farmers, craftspeople and artisans.
I intertwined a patriotic red, white and blue streamer with fruit, vegetables and market signs bordering the scene of colorful booths, shoppers and their pets.
Highlight ~ For several years I had a weekly space at this fun summertime venue.
This home was part of a large “neighborhood” painting of all of the homes I’ve lived in and loved over the years (see the entire work of art that includes four houses on my Commission page).
This residence in Sammamish on the west side of Washington State was the last home that Doug and I lived in before moving home to Spokane in Eastern Washington.
Doug owned the brick Tudor in the family-filled neighborhood on the Sammamsh Plateau for seven years before I met him, and it was such a wonderful house, we decided to stay there after our wedding instead of looking for another home. Our cul de sac was filled with friendly neighbors when we lived there, most of whom have moved away and downsized just as we have.
Highlight ~ This piece has had details changed and added as our family has grown. I pictured Doug and me surrounded by our children and grandchildren plus our beloved “kittiewinks” Andy and Sophie. Daughter Leah has another son Nathan now and Kevin, a baby girl named Piper Elizabeth ~ so this piece will have another update soon!
ISSAQUAH, NORTH BEND & SNOQUALMIE ~ (SNOQUALMIE FALLS, THE LODGE, RAILWAY STATION AND HANDSOME RURAL RESIDENCES)
Built in the picturesque little community of Snoqualmie, not far from the world famous Salish Lodge & Spa, this beautifully detailed Victorian-style railway depot housed both a small railway museum (TrainMuseum.org), gift shop and of course, ticket office. For years, it’s been a fun destination for train lovers of all ages.
Since the nearby railroad cars began being restored, the depot offered rides during the holiday, carrying eager families on a short loop ride around nearby Snoqualmie Falls that culminating with a Saint Nicholas hosted breakfast. Ticket prices were kept low so that folks of all ages could take advantage of this holiday tradition.
During the summer month, folks were also able to take advantage of a longer route, riding in vintage open-air passenger cars that clattered through the forest, stopping at small towns that doted the picturesque countryside at the foot of Mount Si.
Highlight ~ Doug and I have packed a picnic lunch and taken excursions on this vintage railway line a couple times. It's a great way to enjoy a Spring afternoon!
Snoqualmie Falls (SnoqualmieFalls.com) has always been one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the Seattle, Washington region. Located a short 30-minute drive from the downtown area, this jewel has attracted folks for generations.
The magnificent restaurant inside the famous Salish Lodge (SalishLodge.com) perched on the cliff overlooking the thunderous falls has served spectacular breakfast for decades.
The 84 guest rooms there were designed to be elegantly rustic ~ a romantic spot for honeymooners and couples who want to get away for a very special weekend away and leave their cares and worries at home.
Two gift shops (one located inside the lodge and the other at the top of the hiking trail to the base of the falls) were designed to treat visitors to an eclectic wonderful selection of memorabilia, casual wear, delectable sweets, greeting cards and more.
A favorite picnic destination, Snoqualmie Falls never failed to instill a sense of awe, especially when the snow started to melt and the river became swollen in spring.
I painted this pastoral setting to honor relatives of my sister-in-law Jorja Packard Simpson, my brother Bill's wife. At the time I painted this artwork, Zeke and Jessica Liepens were her brother Rusty’s in-laws and my husband and I became acquainted with this lovely couple when we were invited to Easter dinner at their home north of downtown Issaquah.
The Liepins lived in a graciously decorated rambler, but what was really special was their breathtakingly beautiful back garden. The rolling hill behind their home included several flower gardens in full colorful bloom every spring, a large greenhouse, a grape arbor and the charming gazebo pictured here.
Jessica’s Easter dinners were full-scale inspiring events as her home was a tribute to the Easter hols throughout ~ not to mention a buffet table overflowing with every kind of delectable dish imaginable. My husband Doug and I were always delighted to be included in this friendly Spring feast.
2018 was a sad year for our family as both Jorja Packard Simpson and Jessica Liepins passed away. The Liepins sold their pastoral rural home shortly before she died, but Zeke has this painting to remind him of the couple's wonderful years together at this beloved setting.
Highlight ~ As I painted this piece in April, Easter bunnies are tucked throughout the scene.
This large, handsome lodge-style house became home to the Lane family living in a modest cottage on Seattle’s North Side for several decades. Jeff, Diane, kids Cody and Aubrey plus assorted cats, birds, dogs, horses and more moved to this handsome rustic two-story lodge style home constructed of vertical wood siding and shingles at the foot of majestic Mount Si.
Located just west of North Bend, this stunning rural area offered the family all of the pleasures of country living with cosmopolitan Bellevue and Seattle within a short hour’s drive.
I painted this portrait of the Lane’s home shortly after they finished building it and gave the artwork an Autumn theme because of all of the colorful fall foliage that framed the property.
Highlight ~ The two very young Lanes Aubrey and Cody (now in their twenties) were pictured in the foreground surrounded with orange pumpkins, apple-filled ceramic crocks and shocks of grain.
NORTH PUGET SOUND ~ (ANACORTES, EDMONDS, EVERETT, LA CONNER, LAKE ROESIGNER, LAKE STEVENS, MONROE, MOUNT VERNON AND MORE)
Entire North Puget Sound Collection pdf ~ Click on the 3-page pdf to see all 12 paintings. NOTE ~ Some views are details of larger paintings.
"TOURING THE TULIPS FIELDS (DETAIL)" (MOUNT VERNON, WA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2002 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
I painted this portrait of the picturesque signature windmill at Mount Vernon’s nationally famous Roozengaarde (Tulips.com) Display Garden & Store several years ago when my mother Sally, chum Robin Westbrook and I made the trip north to Mount Vernon from Seattle one Spring.
Both the surrounding fields and the windmill’s stunning display garden were in vibrant full bloom. It was a welcome education learning the names of each variety of tulip, daffodil, hyacinth and more as we made our way through the meandering flower beds in the Skagit Valley.
An enormous favorite with visitors and camera buffs from all over the United States and Canada, this picture perfect setting inspired this portrait of Roozengaarde’s iconic windmill with our arms loaded with bunches of blooms for our springtime dining room tables. (image used courtesy of the Washington Bulb Co. Inc., Roozengaarde.)
Highlight ~ My mother Sally reminded me just recently during a visit to our local garden shop how much she loved that trip to Roozengaarde's nealry two decades ago. Maybe it's time to visit again! NOTE ~ The image here is actually a detail of a larger vertical painting.
"CRUSING LA CONNER IN JUST-A-TUGI" ~ (LA CONNER, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2002 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Bill and Jamie Fowler commissioned this portrait of their summer home “Justatug” several years ago when I met the couple at my artwork booth at the Redmond Saturday Market.
These two enjoyed every second of the summer months cruising around Puget Sound and the San Juans in this handsome vessel. 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) 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).
"AUTUMN AT THE ARTISTREE" (COUNTRY VILLAGE, BOTHELL, WA • PAINTED APRIL 1999 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 an unusual collection of gift, antique and garden shops with cafés and bistros tucked in between. It was created from vintage farm outbuildings from days when the area was a completely rural setting. The little destination really sprang to life in Autumn with its Oktoberfest and at Christmastime when pie-eyed kids witnessed Santa landing in the village square with his sleigh and reindeer. Sadly these traditions have ended as the real estate at this destination became too valuable to support the quaint little
The Artistree Gallery was operated by Robin and Wendy James with lots of help from their father, Bob ~ all three very talented artists. Robin illustrated the nationally famous children’s Serendipity books (RobinJames.net) while her sister Wendy created whimsical jewelry and other clever crafty items. Bob was the genius behind the Bon Marche’s (later Macy’s) holiday trim for decades.
Sadly, the James family sold the business in the early 2000s upon Bob's passing. And I learned recently that that Country Village was closed and sold to developers as the real estate had became too valuable to support the quaint little destination.
Highlight ~ I worked with Bob James for 14 years (1974 through 1988) at the old Bon Marche (now Macy's) in Store Planning & Graphic Signage.
"LOLLIGAGING AT LAKE ROESIGNER" (LA KE ROSESIGNER, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 1994) ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The inviting cabin pictured here on the shore of Lake Roesigner was the result of many hours of very hard work on the part of longtime friends Jeff and Diane Lane.
An hour or so drive north of Monroe, the couple completely remodeled their vacation getaway ~ inside and out. They very creatively used wood trim and special molding throughout the place, giving it a warm, inviting feel ~ with the most outstanding feature a huge fireplace they had constructed of river rock.
This cabin was a magnet in the summer months for the Lane family and their wide circle of friends. I’m pictured heading up the deck to chat with the Lanes while my sister Marilee played with their two youngsters Cody and Aubrey (her God-daughter).
When the Lanes decided to move from the Seattle area to the small rural community of North Bend, to help finance the building of their lodge-style dream house at the foot of Mount Si, they sold this place to my friend Lynn Wildblood who had been living a carefree life on his sailboard moored in nearby Everett, Washington.
Highlight ~ When my good friend Lynn married a year later, I gave the newlyweds the original painting of this cabin as a wedding gift.
SNOHOMISH ~ (THE HISTORIC DISTRICT'S VICTORIANS, FOURSQUARES, CRAFTSMANS AND COTTAGES ~ PLUS ONE CONVERTED CHURCH)
"THE GARDEN AT MRS. GOFF'S" ( SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2012 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This pretty place was built by the Harris S. Hansens around 1890 on a lot once owned by E.C. Ferguson. The center of it started as a one-bedroom cottage.
The Hansens had seven children, so quickly outgrew the little house. In 1900, Charles (lumber industry) and Lydia Goff (piano teacher) purchased it and three city lots. After losing Charles and daughter Marguerite to tuberculosis, the widow Mrs. Goff remained here teaching piano to Snohomish students until her death in 1949.
Many of the older residents recalled taking lessons from her. When she died, Mrs. Goff deeded her home to lifelong friend, Beatrice Fetzer of Multnomah County, Oregon for $1.50.
After several owners and renters, in January 2009, Gary and Ardie McLean purchased it and began an ambitious restoration, creating a “jewel” surrounded by charming gardens. This piece combined “old” and “new,” picturing youngsters arriving for music lessons, while the McLeans transplanted flowers.
Highlight ~ This vintage beauty was featured on the Historic Tour of Homes in 2011 and I was so engaged by it, that I finished this painting for the couple in 2012.
"HIPPITY-HOPPIN AT THE HILL HOUSE" (SNOHOMISH, WA PAINTED FEBRUARY 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The charming little community of Snohomish, just an hour's drive north of Seattle, has always been a charming "destination" for folks who like to get away for the weekend. It's home to dozens of darling gift shops, antique stores, restaurants and B&Bs.
This pretty, single-story cottage on Avenue A was built at the turn of the last century in the heart of the Snohomish historic district.
When I painted its portrait, the house was this pretty shade of soft daffodil yellow ~ the perfect harbinger of spring ~ thus the proliferation of tulips and hyacinths dotting the front gardens. I pictured my nieces Isabell and Brooklynn with me dressed for the Easter "hols" in floral frocks feeDing carrots to half a dozen bunnies tucked throughout the scene.
Highlight ~ I pictured myself with my young nieces Brooklynn and Isabell in our Easter dresses.
"QUILTING BEE AT BUTTERCUP COTTAGE" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED JULY 2013) ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This modest two-story clapboard cottage was tucked among several imposing grand mansions in the center of the historic district of Snohomish, Washington on busy Avenue D.
Although its design was very simple, I saw that its owners clearly loved the little place and had very creatively made the most of it with their imaginative choice of this butter yellow paint accented with periwinkle and lavender trim.
Its gardens were lush with delphiniums and the porch framed with fragrant blossoming wisteria.
Even though the home was not registered in the district as “historic,” I was drawn to its charm and added it to my Snohomish collection.
Highlight ~ I gave this piece a quilting bee theme with a peek-a-boo glimpse of the busy women (several of my creative girlfriends) inside working diligently on their sewing project.
"PIPING HOT PIES AT THE CLEMONS HOUSE" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2013 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The pretty two-story Clemons House, which was located at 315 Avenue C and constructed in 1898. Located in the center of a block in the heart of the historic district of Snohomish, this home was an example of classic Queen Anne-style residential architecture ~ very popular at the time of its construction.
Noteworthy were the decorative windows and the handsome brick foundation and steps leading up to the front porch.
Even though I gave the skies in this piece a slightly overcast treatment as Spring can indeed bring showery weather, I painted three cheerful bakers in red checkered aprons on the porch and front step ready to offer steaming hot pies to picnickers on their way to the nearby park overlooking the Snohomish River.
Highlight ~ I asked my friends Penny O'Connell which was one of her favorite homes in her community of Snohomish and she suggested this beauty.
THE SOUTH END AND KITSAP COUNTY ~ (BREMERTON, LAKEWOOD, NISQUALLY, NORMANDY PARK, OLYMPIA , PORT ORCHARD, SEAHURST AND MORE)
Entire South End/Kitsap County Collection pdf ~ Click on this 3-page pdf to see all 12 paintings.
"THE HOUSE IN THE PARK" (NORMANDY PARK, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2000 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This painting was a very sentimental commission requested by Merri Berg who spent her childhood growing up in this rambler. She wanted her childhood home immortalized to honor to all her wonderful memories.
This modest, yet sprawling ranch-style home was an authentic slice of the 1950s with its simple shingle construction, handsome period windows and other mid-century details. Note the colored glass vases in the front windows.
Surrounded by colorful flowerbeds, shrubbery in full bloom and pretty stepping stones bordering the front of the house, it was built in the friendly Normandy Park neighborhood west of SeaTac airport near Puget Sound. Merri's mother was an avid gardener, thus the name of the painting.
Highlight ~ Merri requested that I paint her into the piece as a youngster of about ten with her beloved dog. Skipper is pictured giving Merri a quick friendly nuzzle as she stops to pat him on the head before heading down the street to school ~ a frequent morning tradition for both!
"STAN FOREMAN'S HOUSE AT SEAHURST" (SEAHURST, SOUTH PUGET SOUND, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 1993 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This home portrait was a painting that I was inspired to create as a special gift for my friend Stan Foreman, an executive with Capitol Records who I met through my association with a music company in Seattle.
Stan lived in this handsome Mid-Century Modern home overlooking Puget Sound in a small upscale community near Seattle known as Seahurst.
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 sixties “Beachcombers” band in addition to his career at Capitol Records, music was a huge part of his life. Much of my collection was courtesy of his generosity.
Highlight ~ Stan had a soft spot for cats ~ and is pictured in this piece holding his holy terror of a black kitten, "Squeak," who never mewed ~ he just squeaked!
Highlight ~ At the time this piece was finished, I had a large exhibition of two dozen paintings hanging throughout this historic, majestic setting.
"ENCHANTING ENGLISH THORNEWOOD CASTLE" (AMERICAN LAKE, LAKEWOOD, WA • PAINTED JULY 2014 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Elegant, enchanting Thornewood Castle (ThornewoodCastle.com) on American Lake was a true “labor of love” for wealthy Chester Thorne.
A man of many accomplishments in commerce, transportation, banking, cold storage and more, he chose famed Northwest architect Kirtland K. Cutter to design his “castle” in 1909 in the authentic old English Tudor manor style. Cutter incorporated many accoutrements of English architecture Thorne had purchased on several trips abroad.
Prior to building the home however, Thorne hired the famous Olmsted Brothers to design sumptuous formal gardens. Cutter designed the castle afterwards expressly to take advantage of the views of these gardens, American Lake and Mount Rainier. Many believe Thornewood was Cutter’s crowning residential architectural achievement.
Upon completion of his residence, Chester Thorne was also instrumental in developing stunning Mount Rainier National Park, a beloved destination for folks in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Highlight ~ I painted this portrait of Thornewood Castle to celebrate our son Kevin's marriage to Taryn Haffner in 2014.
"THE CHURCH HOUSE" (PORT ORCHARD, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 1998 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This unique house was built in the early 1990s near Bremerton in a pretty neighborhood filled with large lots in the community of Port Orchard. The property included anumber of outbuildings like a barn and a workshop in addition to the two-story pictured here. It was affectionately known by folks in the neighborhood as “The Church House.”
This was the second home that my oldest brother John purchased during his marriage and where he raised his two kids, daughter Stephanie and son Thomas.
The home has always been a “work in progress,” and as John loves to tinker, over the years he's made several improvements to the property like building the hospitable deck left of the front entrance.
Both Steph and Tom are grown and out of college, but in this piece, I pictured them as youngsters waving from their front lawn in foreground of the artwork. The painting celebrated family, sunshine and summer.
Highlight ~I completed it as a special surprise gift for my brother in honor of a milestone birthday.
PORT TOWNSEND ~ (THE HISTORIC DISTRICT'S VICTORIANS, FOURSQUARES, CRAFTSMANS AND COTTAGES)
This two-story peach Victorian frame house with white trim was one of the prettiest cottages that I found in Port Townsend’s historic district. I took a bit of poetic license with the Puget Sound background here as the house was located within a neighborhood, blocks from the seashore.
An hour or so drive west of Seattle, this charming destination has always been famous for its charming framed houses ~ from modest cottages to several story mansions. The community’s Tour of Historic Homes has always been legendary, along with music festivals, art fairs and more during the summer months.
This painting was my second effort at painting the cottage ~ the first one, “Apple Pickin’ at the Peach House” was completed decades ago in 1978. In this artwork
I pictured my husband Doug puttering around the front yard doing some watering and weeding while I stood at my easel working on a new painting. I've always loved this piece as it often goes up on the wall of our cottage as soon as soon the flowers start to bloom in Spring.
"MARRIAGE AT THE STARRETT MANISON" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 2006 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The famed Starrett Mansion (StarrettMansion.com) became known as one of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in the United States.
This stunning three-story was built at 744 Clay Street for only $6,000 in 1889 by George Starrett as a second anniversary gift for his wife Ann. Unique to the home was the tower, free-floating staircase and interior “widow’s walk” (so that the wife waiting for her husband to return from sea could watch and wait in comfort).
The Smithsonian Institute believed that the two-tiered free-floating staircase was the last one of its kind in the United States.
The ceiling of the tower featured the “Fresco of the Four Seasons” created by Seattle artist Otto Chapman which also was designed to serve as a solar calendar.
Highlight ~ I gave this scene a wedding theme as during its tenure as a popular inn, many brides were married at this picturesque destination.
Originally known as the Eisenbeis Castle, the elegant imposing structure was named for Charles Eisenbeis, Port Townsend’s first mayor and a leading local businessman.
The regal four-story castle was built in 1892 on 7th and Sheridan Street and was inspired by castles on the Rhine River where Eisenbeis had lived before immigrating to the United States. The castle originally had 30 rooms that enjoyed spectacular views of stunning Puget Sound. Beautifully enhanced by gorgeous hand-carved oak woodwork and vintage glittering chandeliers, the castle was surrounded by lush grounds and flower gardens.
When I painted this piece, the Manresa Castle (ManresaCastle.com) was serving guests as a very popular inn and fine restaurant. Another interesting note, rumor has it that guests have suggested that the place may be haunted by ghosts.
Highlight ~ My mother Sally and father Joe celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with dinner here in late 1980s a few months before my dad passed away.
"GLEASON GREEN GODDESS" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED JUNE 2006 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
I created this fun summer picnicking scene with flags unfurled and all the traditional fixin’s ~ from watermelon to beef burgers to chocolate layer cake.
My husband Doug and I are pictured celebrating with our pals Joe and Linda Ebner and John and Maria Herbert at this beautiful historic Port Townsend home.
It was constructed in the early 1900s at 706 Taft Street by successful dentist Dr. Gleason. The unique residence was adorned with a decorative turret and decorative arched front picture windows.
The home’s interior featured very creative use of wood and moldings throughout, including built-in china cabinets and other charming details. The owner patterned the three-story after a similar home in Boston, MA where he had lived for several years before moving west to the seaside community of Port Townsend.
Highlight ~ This was one of several paintings I've completed featuring the Ebners and Herberts, longtime friends from our years spent in Seattle.
ISLANDS IN THE PUGET SOUND ~ (VASHON, WHIDBEY, BAINBRIDGE AND THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS ~ INCLUDING NEARLY A DOZEN SCENES OF ROCHE HARBOR)
"FLYING KITES AT LOPEZ" (LOPEZ ISLAND, THE SAN JUANS, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2011 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This was a revision of an earlier painting I finished in 1994. At that time, The Edenwild Inn (EdenwildInn.com) was gray with white trim and owned by actor Tom Skerritt, whose on-screen movie credits included "Top Gun," "Steel Magnolias" and "A River Runs Through It," to name a few.
The Lopez Island retreat overlooked the harbor and offered charming accommodations and delectable gourmet meals in its award-winning restaurant.
When the new owners took over the waterfrpmt property, they gave the inn a coat of buttery yellow paint and added flags to the front of the building.
Lopez Island was flat compared to the other San Juans, which has drawn cyclists of all degrees of expertise to load their bikes on ferries and head here to take advantage of the island’s trails and the stunning views. Our bicycles parked behind the inn, the paintingI pictured my husband Doug with me and my sister Marilee flying kites on a brisk breezy day.
Highlight ~ The kites flying above the pretty Edenwild Inn advertised its address
"ROCHE HARBOR REVERIE” (ROCHE HARBOR, THE SAN JUANS, WA • JULY 2000 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
The focal point of Roche Harbor Resort and Marina, this once private residence of the village’s founder John S. McMillin, became the signature Madrona Grill when the Neil Tarte family purchased the property from McMillin’s son Paul and developed it into a destination resort for vacationers and boaters from the United States and Canada.
In the early 1900s, the harbor had housed McMillin’s very successful mines, lime kiln, processing plant, Hotel de Haro (for guests and clients), a small church and school as well as homes for all of his employees and their families.
Tarte saved and restored most of the McMillin structures, and later new owners added other buildings, being careful to blend them with the setting’s quaint feel. During the summer months, the resort became a hub of happy activity.
Highlight ~ For decades on the Fourth of July, revelers crowded the restaurant’s decks and dining room to enjoy the harbor view, feast on delicious fare and watch the annual Independence Day games on the shoreline below. Log rolling, anyone?
"OUR LADY OF GOOD VOYAGE” (ROCHE HARBOR, THE SAN JUANS, WA • AUGUST 2000 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
This beautiful tiny Victorian clapboard church nestled into the hillside overlooking Roche Harbor (RocheHarbor.com) on San Juan Island has always been a coveted setting for brides and grooms. I took a bit of poetic license when I completed its portrait, painting my husband Doug and my wedding party into this picturesque setting.
Embellished with arched leaded glass windows and other lovely decorative touches, it has been a delighted many. In Spring, the little garden in front of its front stairways blossomed with colorful tulips ~ as shown in this artwork.
Our Lady of Good Voyage was built by Roche Harbor founder and successful lime baron John S. McMillon as a place of worship for his family, visitors and his workers in the early 1900s when the property housed his thriving business.
For decades, this remarkable setting held the distinction of being the only privately owned Roman Catholic chapel in the United States. This tradition continued after the Tarte family purchased Roche Harbor from McMillan's sonand converted it into a quaint seaside destination ~ especially in Spring and Summer.
Highlight ~ For a few years when we were first married, Doug and I were invited to share in the Independence Day festivities at Roche Harbor by childhood pal Brent Orrico. Brent chose Our Lady of Good Voyage for his own wedding in the mid-1990s.
"HOTEL DE HARO” (ROCHE HARBOR, THE SAN JUANS, WA • OCTOBER 2000 • ACRYLIC ON
CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
I painted this piece to draw attention to the beautiful blooms and lush, flowering shrubbery in the Roche Harbor (RocheHarbor.com) Sunken Garden across from historic Hotel de Haro.
John S. McMillin built the white frame three-story structure to house dignitaries, important clients and other guests when the setting was operating as his successful line kiln and processing plant during the first half of the 1900s.
After McMillin's death, his son Paul sold all the property and buildings to the Neil Tarte family in the 1950s who went on to develop it into the Roche Harbor Resort & Marina.
Hotel de Haro was one of the first important buildings the Tartes renovated. Still functioning when I created this artwork, it had hosted a number of memorable guests over the decades including President "Teddy" Roosevelt who made the considerable journey over land and sea when it was still McMillin's business. When the property became a resort, another frequent visitor was legendary actor John Wayne.
Highlight ~ Hotel registers with the signatures of President T. Roosevelt and John Wayne were preserved for history buffs who visiedt the setting.
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