20 WORKS / 4 THEMES EACH WITH SPRING & SUMMER IMAGES FROM MY 150+ PC. PUGET SOUND COLLECTION

STUNNING PUGET SOUND PLUS A NOD TO A BELOVED MOVIE This was the view that Tom Hanks and his son enjoyed while playing on Alki Beach in the beloved movie, "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993). Also starring Meg Ryan, Rosie O'Donnell, Rob Reiner, Rita Wilson, and others, this film was a heart-warming homage to Seattle, its Puget Sound waterfront and Lake Union shoreline.

Although Seattle and other Western Washington communities have pockets of wear-and-tear due to problems managing the homeless, much of the area has the charm of simpler times as my paintings share blelow on this page.

GREATER PUGET SOUND Communities near Seattle like Woodinville with its plethora of wineries, Snoqualmie with its stunnings falls, Snohomish and Port Townsend with their immaculate neighborhoods of restored vintage residences, the San Juan Islands with quaint Roche Harbor that comes alive every Independence Day, and Mount Rainer with the nearby North Cascade Mountains ~ these destinatins are all as beautiful as they ever were.

This region has a lot to offer both the folks who make their homes here as well as the many visitors who find themselves in this beautiful corner of the Pacific NW.

 

 

This PUGET SOUND page shares images of Seattle and the communities that surround it, many deeply steeped in history. The area has lots of stories to tell about its early days and subsequent devleopment ~ from shipping days during the Alaska Gold Rush to the Boeing Aircraft years to the rise of Bill Gates' phenominally successful Microsoft. Although some importrant historic settings have gone by the wayside in the name of "progress," many are still in place. I created the paintings below during my years in Western WA from the mid-'70s to the early 2000s. They honor remarkable structures like the city's Pioneer Square's Pergola, Kirkland's elegant Heritage Hall, architect K.K. Cutter's Thornewood Castle in Tacoma, and Port Townsend's Manresa castle (many pictured below in this SPRING INTO SUMMER collection) ~ plus dozens of other destinations including many in the nearby islands.

 

 

FOUR THEMED GROUPS AND MORE

As noted at the top of this page, I've divided this SPRING INTO SUMMER collection into four groups, some with sub-catgories. Typically, the first image is Spring-themed and the second, Summer. The artwork shares familiar regions, communities, neighborhoods, folks who love them, and more. I've created 150+ PUGET SOUND paintings in my 450+ total collection, enough to rotate my artwork throughout the seasons on this website. There is also a handful of the many sketches I've completed on my COMMISSION page.

THESE GROUPS INCLUE:

 

NEW FINE ART, MY CREATIVE PROCESS AND ENTIRE COLLECTION PDFS

 

NOTE: Find ENTIRE COLLECTION pdfs after each of the 4 GROUPS throughout this page.

 

 

THE DOWNTOWN DISTRICT, PIONEER SQUARE AND MORE

"YACHT CLUB ON THE LAKE" (PORTAGE BAY, SEATTLE, WA. • PAINTED MARCH 1995 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS •11X14-INCH)

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 vessels in the Puget Sound than in any other part of the United States. When I painted this portrait of the venerable, much-loved Seattle Yacht Club (SeattleYachtClub.org) on Seattle’s Portage Bay, I took quite a bit of poetic license with the foreground of the piece ~ creating a lily pad-laden inlet with swans swimming around a beautiful yacht. At the time I finished htis artwork, the cruiser belonged to longtime friends Gail and Dick Klein. Gail was "songstress extraordinaire" for the local Seattle jazz trio BLT. Band leader / singer / pianist Paul West and stand-up base player Lee Phelps and their wives were pictured on the sidewalk in front of the yacht club waiting to board the “Honeybun" for a sunset cruise with wine, hors d'oeuvres and jazz tunes at sunset. Highlight ~ Gail commissioned this fine art as a surprise “milestone” birthday gift for her husband on his 70th birthday.

 

"THE HUSKY HOUSE • DETAIL" (LAKE WASHINGTON, SEATTLE , WA. • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 1998 • ACRYLIC• 11X14-INCH)

I created this original painting for Margy and Scott Samuelson, owners of this charming brick Tudor cottage with an unobstructed view of Lake Washington. The couple has enjoyed a love affair with the University of Washington Huskies. Note their purple and gold team flag blowing in the breeze. They purchased the vintage lake cabin in Seattle's Leschi neighborhood years ago because of its rustic personality, which the couple worked hard to preserve. They kept the original stone fireplace, knotty-pine paneling and wagon wheel chandelier in their great room. Also original to the property were the stone pathways that crisscrossed the back yard and led to the large outdoor fireplace and Hansel-and-Gretel-style garden shed. For decades, the couple hosted a Holiday open house to kick off the parade of Christmas ships on the lake. Revelers walked the short two blocks from the house to Leschi Beach to toast themselves by the shoreline’s blazing fire and sing Christmas carols. Highlight ~ When Doug and I married in 2000, Margy designed all the flowers for our wedding, including sweet individual bouquets for all the tables.

 

• The Entire Seattle Collection pdf ~ Click on the pdf to see and learn about all 15 paintings in this collection.

 

 

BELLEVUE, MEDINA, LAKE HILLS, YARROW BAY AND YARROW POINT PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES AND HOME SWEET HOMES

"MAKIN' SHORTCAKE AT THE MCDOWELL HOUSE" (BELLEVUE, WA • PAINTED MAY 2005 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Located near the historic Wilburton Trestle in Bellevue, this Arts & Crafts-style house was designated the headquarters for the Eastside Heritage Center which had been housed in Redmond’s Clise Mansion at Marymoor Park. Built in 1908 by the McDowell family with lumber from the nearby Wilburton Mill, this pretty cottage was once part of High Ridge Farm and Cherry Hill Farm, as well as home to the Dawes family and the Paxton family. The City of Bellevue with Washington State carefully restored the exterior of the home and its surrounding grounds, creating a truly beautiful setting. For decades, the Eastside Heritage Center hosted Bellevue’s annual Strawberry Festival. Highlight ~ In 2005, this beloved festival was held at the McDowell House, thus the good-eatin’ Summertime dessert tone of this painting picturing several EHC volunteers, Lisa James, my husband Doug, and niece and nephew, Kelly and Michael Barton. The event inspired this painting.

 

"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's Leschi community on the Seattle side to Meydenbauer Bay on the other. Carefully preserved, this setting was once that 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 and sunbathers. Thus the theme of this artwork with my husband Doug, niece Kelly and nephew Michael about to enjoy a meal overlooking Lake Washington. Highlight ~ When I completed this artwork, when Microsoft’s Bill and Melnda Gates’ were still married, their primary residence was on the shoreline of Lake Washington, north of the terminal.

 

KIRKLAND AND CLYDE HILL PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES AND HOME SWEET HOMES

"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.

 

"HISTORIC HERITAGE BUILDING" (KIRKLAND, WA • PAINTED MAY 2015 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Heritage Hall was originally built in the handsome Greek-Revival style to serve as the Christian Science Church in 1922 ~ the oldest church building in Kirkland. The structure was donated by West Water Real Estate to the city who worked with the Kirkland Heritage Society to move it from its original location on 220 First Street to Heritage Park on Market Street and Lake Avenue in 1999. In 2000, it was designated as a historic Kirkland landmark. Surrounded by beautiful grounds and gardens, its new location afforded a sweeping view of Lake Washington. When I painted this fun patriotic-themed portrait, it was home to the Kirkland Heritage Society who also offered the beautiful space to the public for weddings and other special events. Highlight ~ With its unique architectural style, this regal structure is an iconic historic structure in Kirkland. I gave this setting a patriotic theme as the waterfront comes life on Independence day with festivities including fireworks in the Summer.

 

REDMOND, WOODINVILLE AND SAMMAMISH PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES AND "HOME SWEET HOMES"

"STIMSON-LANE MANSION AT STE. MICHELLE" (WOODINVILLE, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 2001 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This pretty, shingle-construction two-story residence was built in the early 1900s as a cozy casual 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 cottage where everyone in the family could let their hair down, relax and enjoy country life during the warmer months. 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 2-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 about a decade ago with labels on the bottles featuring a pen & ink sketch of this pastoral structure.

 

AWARD-WINNING! "THE BILL BROWN BUILDING" (SAMMIMISH, WA • PAINTED MAY 2005 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This handsome two-story building, located in the heart of Redmond, Washington on Leary Way, was built by Redmond’s most famous mayor, William “Bill” Brown. Bill served his beloved community from 1919 to 1948, and this was his second business building on this site. It originally housed a saloon, drug store, soda fountain, barber shop, dance hall and mortuary. Rumor had it that the building also was home to the town’s “ladies of the evening” ~ and it even had an entrance to a secret bootlegger’s tunnel from the days of Prohibition. When I painted this portrait of it, the structure hadn’t changed much since the early 1900s, its owners being careful to maintain its original beauty with the exposed brick and original slab floors throughout most of the interior. I gave this artwork an “All-American Celebration” theme with red, white and blue flags, balloons and bunting ~ filling it with fun-loving family and friends ~ and pets gathering to join the Independence Day Holiday. Highlight ~ My portrait of this structure won Second Place in a City-wide fine art competition for a landmark setting capturing the community’s remarkable personality.

 

ISSAQUAH, NORTH BEND AND SNOQUALMIE PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES AND HOME SWEET HOMES

"SIGHTSEEING AT THE SNOQUALMIE DEPOT" (SNOQUALMIE, WA • MARCH 2001• ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Built in the picturesque little community of Snoqualmie not far from the world famous Salish Lodge & Spa, the beautifully detailed Victorian-style Snoqualmie Depot housed both a small railway museum gift shop and of course, the ticket office for folks who wanted to take a ride in the vintage trains around the beautiful forested countryside. For years, it’s been a fun destination for train lovers of all ages. Since the old railroad cars began being restored, the depot offered special rides during the Holiday season, carrying eager families on a short loop that also featured a close-up view of Snoqualmie Falls, culminating with a breakfast hosted by jolly old Saint Nicholas. Ticket prices were kept low so that folks of all ages could take advantage of this wonderful Holiday tradition. During Summer months, folks were also able to enjoy a longer route, r in open-air passenger cars that clattered through the forest, stopping at small towns that doted the countryside at the foot of Mount Si. Highlight ~ This setting was incorporated into Tim Burton’s dark campy "Twin Peaks" television series.

 

"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 ~ The gorgeous Falls were incorporated into Tim Burton’s "Twin Peaks" television series.

 

• Entire Eastside Collection pdf ~ Click on the pdf to see and learn about all 55 paintings in this collection.

 

 

NORTH PUGET SOUND PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, HOME SWEET HOMES, AND A CABIN CRUISER

"TOURING THE TULIP FIELDS" (MOUNT VERNON, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2002 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

I painted this portrait of the picturesque signature windmill at Mount Vernon’s nationally famous Roozengaarde (TulipFestival.org) Display Garden & Store. Sally mom made the journey over from Spokane that year to join my friend Robin Westbrook and me for our excursion to Mount Vernon's tulip fields. Both the surrounding fields and the windmill’s gardens were in vibrant full bloom that weekend. 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. An enormous favorite with dozens of visitors and camera buffs from all over the United States and Canada, this picture-perfect setting inspired my portrait of Roozengaarde’s iconic windmil. I pictured the three of us with our arms loaded with bunches of blooms ~ perfect for decorating our dining room tables on Easter Sunday. Highlight ~ Sally Mom reminded me recently during a visit to our local garden shop what wonderful memories she had from that Spring visit to Roozengaarde's, Mount Vernon and La Conner decades ago. (NOTE: This image used courtesy of the Washington Bulb Co. Inc., Roozengaarde.)

 

 

"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, this “Justatug” vessel several years ago when I met them at my Americana Art booth at the Redmond Saturday Market. They were enchanted with my artwork and the detail in my Americana style ~ and decided to choose me as their artist to honor their very unique Summer "home." This adventurous couple enjoyed every second of the Summer months cruising together around Puget Sound and the San Juan Island in their "boat homel." This was perfect retirement arrangement for them as they spent the cooler months of the year wintering in a cozy home they built on their son's Redmond property. Highlight ~ I painted the community of La Conner Into the background of this painting. The beloved resort town was one of the Spring destinations that folks from the United States and Canada flocked to when the tulip fields covered the countryside with blossoms. (LaConnerChamber.com) and (TulipFestival.org).

• The Entire North Puget Sound Collection pdf ~ Click on the pdf to see and learn about 13 paintings in this collection.

 

SNOHOMISH PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES AND HOME SWEET HOMES

"PRETTY PARSONAGE IN MAY (METHODIST PARSONAGE)" (SNOHOMISH, WA • MARCH 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH
 
During Doug and my early married life in Seattle, one of our favorite weekend getaways was a trip to Snohomish. The community beaconed for two reasons ~ two of Doug's children and our grandkids lived there ~ plus the town was filled with antique stores, vintage cafes and several hospitable B&Bs. At that time, Snohomish partnered with its very active historical society and hosted two tours of historic homes ~ one in September and another at Chrismastime. The historic district was fairly easy to walk as it was largely flat, and I took dozens of photos of the pretty Victorians, bungalows, Foursquares and Craftsmans there ~ lots of inspiration for an artist who loves beautiful vintage homes. Located at 502 Avenue C, the remarkable three-story residence was built in 1892 to serve Snohomish as the town’s original Methodist Parsonage. At the time I competed a portrait of it the second time in 2009, it was operating as the “Pillows and Platters B&B.” Highlight ~ I gave this painting a “May Day” theme, picturing Doug and me delivering pots of colorful blossoms to the folks in the neighborhood.

 

"STARS & STRIPES IN SNOHOMISH" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

In 2007, when stepson Matt and his young family moved to a cottage in the community of Snohomish north of Seattle, I decided to expand my collection of art of Victorian residences there and create a calendar highlighting its dozens of beautiful vintage homes. I spent several weekends walking the historic district, snapping photos of every setting that spoke to me. This green and white two-story clapboard home at 314 Union Street with its crisp white picket fence caught my eye. Even though it was October, the house was decorated with dozens of little waving American flags as the homeowner shared that her family had several sons serving in the armed services at that time. She commissioned this artwork. Flags and bunting inspired this painting, which carried through the theme of celebrating Independence Day with a Summer picnic. Highlight ~ I pictured me with my sweetheart Doug in the lower right bringing a traditional cherry pie.

 

• The Entire Snohomish Collection pdf ~ Click on this pdf to see and learn about all 27 paintings in the collection.

 

WEST AND SOUTH PUGET SOUND PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES AND HOME SWEET HOMES

"ENCHANTING ENGLISH THORNEWOOD CASTLE" (AMERICAN LAKE, TACOMA, 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 create the 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 BAY HOUSE" (NISQUALLY, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2005 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This waterfront cabin was built in 1962 on a spectacular piece of Puget Sound waterfront property near Nisqually, Washington. When I finished this fun Independence Day scene, the couple who owned it were in their mid-70s with all six of their children grown, married and living at other destinations peppered all over the United States. Thus,with the cost of taxes gradually going through the roof, the couple made the very hard choice to sell their little waterfront gem, even though it was the place where dreams had been made for three generations of family. The sale helped them a great deal with the challenge of downsizing to a turn-key condominium. As a gift for them, the realtor who handled the sale of the property ordered this original painting picturing the extended family celebrating a last 4th of July family reunion vacation at their cabin.

 

• TheEntire West & South Puget Sound Collection pdf ~ Click on this pdf to see and learn about all 13 paintings in the collection.

 

HISTORIC PORT TOWNSEND PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES AND HOME SWEET HOMES

"MARRIAGE AT THE STARRETT MANSION" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 2008 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS 8X10-INCH)

The famed Starrett Mansion (StarretMansion.com) in picturesque Port Townsend became revered 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 must have been truly in love as he had this opulent home constructed as a second anniversary gift for his wife Ann. Unique to the home was the tower, free-floating staircase and interior “widow’s walk.” Typically, these were small outdoor flat platfroms on the roof of a house created for a wife to watch and wait for her husband to return from sea. This interior one allowed the Mrs. Starrett to watch and wait in comfort. Also remarkably, the Smithsonian Institute believed that the two-tiered free-floating staircase was the last one of its kind in the United States. The intricate 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. I gave this scene a wedding theme as during its tenure as a popular inn, too many brides to count were married at this remarkable destination.

 

 

"GREEN GLEASON GODDESS" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED JUNE 20060 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS •8X10~INCH)

I created this fun Summer picnicking scene celebrating Independence Day with flags unfurled and all the traditional fixings ~ from watermelon to beef burgers to chocolate layer cake! I pictured my husband Doug and I 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 as a single family residence, but later became a Bed & Breakfast. The unique residence was adorned with a whimsical 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. Gleason patterned the three-story beauty after a similar home in Boston, Massachusetts. Highlight ~ For years, Linda (pictured on the porch with Maria) had a one-speed yellow Schwinn she loved. It’s pictured filled with picnic goodies on the cottage’s walkway.

 

 

• The Entire Port Townsend Collection pdf ~ Click on the pdf to see and learn about all 18 paintings in this collection.

 

BAINBRIDGE, VASHON, WHIDBEY AND THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES AND HOME SWEET HOMES

"FLYING KITES AT LOPEZ ISLAND" (LOPEZ ISLAND, THE SAN JUANS, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2011 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This was a revision of an earlier painting done in 1994. At that time, The Edenwild Inn 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 just a few. The retreat overlooked the harbor and offered accommodations and delectable gourmet meals in its award-winning restaurant. When the new owners took over the waterfront 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 painting 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 the Inn’s address.

 

"THE U.S. CUSTOMS HOUSE ON THE DOCK” (ROCHE HARBOR, SAN JUAN ISLAND, WA • MAY 2004 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH

Every year on the Independence Day in July, hundreds of vessels large and small crowd the docks and waterfront of the charming resort destination of Roche Harbor (RocheHarbor.com). San Juan Island is just a few miles from the Canadian border, so for many vacationers, their visits to these picturesque islands have always begun here at this quaint one-room white and green domed structure the end of the docks ~ home to the resort's U.S. Customs Offices. Every Independence Day, the agents have festooned their office with red, white and blue bunting and flags. In this piece, I painted the three officers enjoying a break in the sunshine with visitors walking the docks in search of vessels with the most creative patriotic trim ~ an annual traditional competition. Highlight ~ Each officer pictured in this work reached was enchanted by their "immortalization" ~ asking for a print to remind them of the special day.

 

 

• The Entire Islands Collection pdf ~ Click on this pdf to see and learn about all 17 paintings in this collection.

 

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