MY BELOVED HOME TOWN ~ I grew up in the Pacific Northwest in an area called the "Inland Northwest" that includes Spokane and other small towns in Eastern Washington and North Idaho's "Panhandle." This region is a wonderful place to live, raise families, retire and celebrate all four seasons.
SPOKANE FALLS ~ Thundering through the center of Downtown Spokane, dozens of folks visit Spokane Falls each year. With several other acclaimed local artists in 2016, my portrait of the falls and Monroe Street Bridge was part of William Grant Gallery's "Just the Bridge" fine art exhibit. Find it below in the "The Downtown District" section.
MANITO PARK ~ On the South Hill, resplendent with hundreds of leafy trees turning color in late Autumn, beautiful Manito Park is filled with folks enjoying the brilliant hues before the snow begins dusint the bare branches.. I've painted over a dozen portraits of it. See two below in the "Inland Northwest Parks & Gardens" section.
COMING SOON! SATURDAY & SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH & 13TH ATARBOR CREST'S HOLIDAY ARTFEST AT THE CLIFF HOUSE!!
ARBOR CREST'S HOLIDAY ART FEST ~Back after a two-year absence due to COVID. Please visit my Art Venues page for all the details about the Pre-Thanksgiving November 12th & 13th weekend art festival in Spokane Valley at Arbor Crest Cellars.
THE BEGINNING ~ In 1871, the first white settler to stake a claim in Spokan Falls ("Falls" was later dropped and an "e" added to Spokane) was Seth Scranton. However, James N. Glover was largely known as the "Father of Spokane" as he shaped the area bordering the falls on both sides of them into a town. The railroad, timber and rich ore from the Inland Northwest brought enormous wealth ~ making millionaires of many, although a huge fire burned most of Spokane in 1889, slowing the city's growth.
KEY PLAYERS ~ Kirtland K. Cutter, Amasa Campbell, Patsy Clark, Daniel C. Corbin, F. Rockwood Moore, James N. Glover, Louis B. Davenport, Francis Cook, Aubrey White, J.J. Browne, A.M. Cannon, J.P. Graves, William Cowles and others gave the area in general and the city in particular, its complexion. These highly successful men built grand mansions for their families and imposing downtown structures to proclaim their wealth. Remarkably, many of are still in immaculate condition.
PRESERVATION & THE TOP 10 ~ After World War II, when other cities were demolishing buildings, an economic slump had folks in Spokane restoring properties. The South Hill in particular is filled with homes built in the '20s, '30s and '40s ~ many as handsome as when originally constructed. Add to that the school system, manicured golf courses, bike trails, beautiful parks and gardens. Manito Park's Mirror Lake with its path around its perimeter is one of Doug and my favorite places ~ beautiful in all seasons. Spokane's very active Spokane Preservationist Advocates (SpokanePreservation.org) respects what a jewel Spokane is and works diligently to keep it that way. See their recent newlsetter on my Welcome and Biography pages. Also, from the 1950s into the late 1990s, property at nearby lakes was still affordable, so families were able to purchase vacation lots in which to spend Spokane's hot dry Summers.
Highlight ~ AARP Magazine rated Spokane among the top 10 regions in the U.S. for its quality of life. "Baby Boomers" who grew up here are coming home.
FULL CIRCLE ~ In 2011, Doug and I moved back to Spokane. We both were born here, although Doug grew up in King County. Fond memories inspired much of the art in this collection, as Spokane has many inspiring subjects for an "Americana" artist like me to re-create. If you grew up here, you'll see lots of beloved familiar settings below.
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SEVEN REGIONAL GROUPS
I've divided my collection into seven groups, some with sub-categories ~ each with two paintings. These highlight neighborhoods, communities and well-known regional areas. I have created 400+ paintings (nearly 250 are of settings in Spokane and the Inland Northwest), so the artwork shared on my website revolves with 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 Puget Sound page.
The groups include ~
NEW ARTWORK, MY CREATIVE PROCESS, ENTIRE COLLECTIONS PDFS, AND "THE BIG LIST"
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SPOKANE'S DOWNTOWN DISTRICT ~ HISTORIC LEGENDARY LANDMARK SETTINGS AND STRUCTURES
The Entire Downtown District Collection pdf ~ Click on the 3-page pdf to see and learn about all 11 paintings in "The Downtown District" collection.
"MERRY MEETING AT THE FLOUR MILL" (THE DOWNTOWN DISTRICT, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JULY 2018 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This piece celebrates song writer Mel Torme's "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" at Spokane's Flour Mill ~ a unique refurbished retail destination since 1974 and Spokane’s Expo 74 Environment World’s Fair.
The setting was built out that year to accommodate boutique-style shops, Clinkerdagger’s Restaurant, event center spaces on its grounds and interior. Recently, the Flour Mill opened an enclosed rooftop space on the top of the building ~ offering a small space for intimate gatherings the breathtaking view of Spokane’s Riverfront Park and Downtown District.
Built in 1895, this was one a several mills on the Spokane River that took advantage of the power they produced in the late 1800s before F. Rockwood Moore developed Washington Water Power (later Avista). It was initially involved in one of the most difficult, hard fought lawsuits in Spokane’s history that delayed its operation for five years.Highlight ~ I pictured friends Tom and Kathie Kellogg’s cozy trailer in front of the flour mill, offering thel roasted chestnuts on a crisp Winter day.
"FLYING SOUTH OVER SPOKANE FALLS (HUNTINGTON PARK)" (THE DOWNTOWN DISTRICT, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2004 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Not only did famed architect Kirtland K. Cutter create dozens of beautiful homes and handsome landmark buildings in Spokane, he also lent his design flair to other projects.
This portrayed the majestic Monroe Street Bridge, which spanned the river at the west end of downtown Spokane. In 1910, John Ralston, Spokane’s city engineer and designer of the grand bridge, invited Cutter to design its decorative handrails and lookout stations, which featured life-size reliefs of bison skulls.
The photo here showed the bridge just after its construction. In the background was another famous landmark, the Washington Water Power Post Street Substation. Cutter designed that massive brick and basaltic rock industrial building in 1909.
Recently, Huntington Park situated on the south side of the falls was given a formal restoration with the installation of lawn, a basaltic rock terraced gardens and assorted decorative plantings ~ creating a very inviting space for folks to not only view the cascading water, but stay a while and enjoy a picnic in the scenic spot.
Highlight ~ WWP’s first CEO, Frank Rockwood Moore, gave Cutter one of his first residential commissions ~ a stunning Turdor-Revival (now demolished) on the property between the D.C. Corbin House and the F. Lewis Clark House which later served as the parking lot for the restored Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens.
THE "FUN" LANDMARKS ~ SPOKANE'S "FUN" LANDMARKS DOWNTOWN AND THROUGHOUT TOWN ~ REMARKABLE, BUT NOT NECESSILY ON THE HISTORIC REGISTER
"FRIENDLY FOLKS AT FRANK'S DINER" (DOWNTOWN, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2020 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
I created this portrait of Frank’s Diner in Spokane’s Downtown District four years after painting the North Side’s Knight’s Diner, also a famous railroad car café.
Barney-Smith and Pullman competed against each other in the early 1900s to be the best at producing elegant beautifully detailed railroad cars.
In 1906, Barney Smith manufactured this “observation car” which was purchased by the Northern Pacific Railroad for their president to use as his private car until its replacement in 1931. That same year, Frank Knight (brother of Jack Knight of Knight’s Diner fame) discovered Car #1787 in Seattle and converted it to Downtown Spokane’s Frank’s Diner.
Highlight ~ Frank’s Diner has been named BEST BREAKFAST and BEST DINER nearly 20 times by The Inlander’s People’s Choice Awards. A second Frank’s Diner was later opened on the Newport Highway in a 1913 Laketon #4216, an equally beautiful dining experience.
"THE CRESCENT AT CHRISTMASTIME" (DOWNTOWN SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JULY 2009 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The Crescent Department Store was THE place to shop when I was a youngster growing up in Spokane, Washington. It opened in 1889, the year of the big Spokane fire that destroyed a large portion of Spokane’s Downtown District. The store served faithfully for nearly a century until 1988 when it was sold to the F&N (Frederick & Nelson) Acquisition Corporation.
A tradition with many Spokane families was the annual visit to the Crescent Department Store for pictures with Santa Claus. I was six when this photo was taken with my sisters ~ all dressed in red plaid taffetas sewed by my mother Sally. After photos, we stopped by the signature animated store window with its lights, baubles and figures ~ Santa, his elves and more that moved in time to Christmas carols.
Highlight ~At the 2014 Arbor Crest Art & Glass Festival, one of the employees responsible for the animated window stopped by to see my painting. He recognized the elves and colorful candy confections as those he created decades ago ~ sharing stories at my booth about his 30+ years at the beloved department store.
MANITO AND OTHER COUNTY & STATE PARKS AND GARDENS ~ SETTINGS WITHIN SPOKANE'S CITY LIMIITS PLUS STATE PARKS IN THE INLAND NORTHWEST ~ INCLUDING MOUNT SPOKANE
Entire Inland Northwest Parks & Gardens Collection pdf ~ Click on the 6-page pdf to see and learn about all 28 paintings in the "Inland Northwest Parks & Gardens" collection.
LEGENDARY MANITO PARK ~ BELOVED TEN-ACRE SOUTH HILL SETTING THAT OPENED TO THE PUBLIC IN 1904
"AUTUMN SPLENDOR AT THE JAPANESE GARDEN" (MANITO PARK, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2020 ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10 -INCH)
The stunning Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden at Manito Park (TheFriendsOfManito.org) was finished and opened in 1974, honoring Spokane’s connection with its sister city Nishinomiya, Japan. Acclaimed landscape architect, Nagao Sakurai, was commissioned to design the special garden in 1967 ~ remarkable, because at one time he was in charge of the Japanese Imperial Palace grounds. The waterfall and pond were started in 1970, but in 1973 Sakural suffered a stroke, so two other architects, Shosuke Nagai and Hirohiko Kawai, travelled from Kobe, Japan, to complete the last year of the project.
Dedication took place on May 17, 1974 honoring the Sister City relationship. Ed Tsutakawa founded the Spokane Nishinomiya Sister City relationship and was involved with the movement for 45 years. He also had a great deal to do with the design and completion of this site. Upon his death in 2006, it was suggested that Manito’s Japanese Gardens be named for him. A decision was made at the Spokane Parks & Recreation Board meeting in December 2007 and the garden was re-dedicated on April 20, 2008. A flowering cherry tree from Nishinomiya and the Spokane Sister City Societies was planted to honor the event.
Highlight ~ During our time by the park, our neighbor Helen shared she was the daughter of one of the team members responsible for this project. Her stories abouth the park's history were amazing! This piece pictures Sally Mom, my sisters and their sweethearts.
“LIGHTS A-GLOW AT THE GAISER CONSERVATORY” (MANITO PARK, THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED OCTOBER 2019 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Manito Park was a huge part of my life growing up in Spokane. My first 12 years as a youngster were spent in a small cottage and then a Dutch Colonial in the Manito neighborhood.
The park was within walking distance. In the 1950s and 1960s, kids could take off most anytime they wanted and play safely there ~ with or without chums. After moving back from the Seattle area, my husband and I bought a brick bungalow near Manito Park and found it to be the gift that keeps on giving.
As wonderful as old memories were, we found many new ones. A favorite was “Holiday Lights” ~ a magical display of thousands of colored lights decorating the interior of the Gaiser Conservatory. I pictured folks I love gathering to tour with cups of steaming cocoa.
Highlight ~ Created by volunteers from the Friends of Manito, it’s open during the Holiday Season for all to enjoy ~ still at no charge when I painted this piece.
OTHER CITY AND STATE PARKS ~ CITY PARKS IN ALL NEIGHBORHOODS ~ PLUS STATE PARKS LIKE RIVERSIDE AND MOUNT SPOKANE
"IC4 RIBBON AT RIVERFRONT PARK" (MORAN PRAIRIE, THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WASHINGTON • JULY 2019 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
In early December 2017, Spokane opened the first ice ribbon on the West Coast ~ a fun addition to Riverfront Park which was part of the updating plans happening on what was once the site of Spokane’s Expo 74 environmental fair.
The ice ribbon promised a wonderful urban experience with its 16-foot wide 700-foot trail curling around the west end of the park. Fire pits, an ice lounge and more promised a great experience for skaters young and old.
Summer offered roller-skating instead and other activities, so the ribbon could be enjoyed year round.
Highlight ~ I filled this artwork with skaters enjoying the crisp winter day and pictured Riverfront’s pavilion and iconic clock tower in the background of this piece honoring the ice ribbon’s opening day.
"THE CHRISTMAS CAROUSEL" (THE SOUTH HILL • PAINTED JULY 2017 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
20 Years after I created it, this painting was reworked for Michael Bagley’s carousel-themed Holiday tree for the 2017’s Christmas Tree Elegance.
The Looff Carousel (SpokaneCarrousel.org) delighted riders for decades at both Natatorium and Riverfront Parks. I.D. Looff finished it in 1909, and it was elaborate in every detail with multi-sized mirror panels and 180 of lights. Too expensive for Nat Park at $20,000, Looff struck a special deal. If the park would allow his son Louis Vogel to run the carousel and other concessions on a percentage basis, Looff would ship it to the park as a wedding gift for his daughter Emma.
When Nat Park closed for good in 1968, the site developed into a trailer park, the carousel was dismantled and stored. With the close of Spokane’s Expo 74 at 100-acre Riverfront Park, the most anticipated event was the re-opening of the carousel ~ not just for viewing, but for riding. Decades later in the mid-2010s, voters passed a bond for major improvements to Riverfront Park ~ and one was the construction of a custom structure for the merry-go-round.
Highlight ~ In Spring 2018, the carousel was moved from storage to its new home, and Mayor Condon re-opened it to the delighted public.
BROWNE'S ADDITION ~ CHURCHES, SCHOOLS, PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, "HOME SWEET HOMES" AND THE MAC'S RESTORED AMASA CAMPBELL HOUSE
Entire Browne's Addition Collection pdf ~ Click on the 7-page pdf to see and learn about all 34 (17 Browne's Addition settings / 17 Campbell House) paintings in the "Browne's Addition" collection.
BROWNE'S ADDITION SMALL BUSINESSES AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" ~ SPOKANE'S FIRST AND OLDEST NEIGHBORHOOD
"AUTUMN AFTERNOON AT PATSY CLARK'S" (BROWNE'S ADDITION, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED MARCH 1997 1 ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
The Patrick Clark Mansion across from the Coeur d’Alene Park on 2nd Avenue and Hemlock Street was the fine work of architect Kirtland Kelsey Cutter. The flamboyant design of this three-story residence was inspired by the palaces of Islamic Spain. Constructed beige-gold brick with a crimson tile roof, it stood out dramatically in a neighborhood of Tudor-Revivals and Queen Anne Victorians.
Born in Ireland of poor parents, 20-year old Patrick Clark arrived in the United States in 1870 and chose mining for his career path. He worked in several states before joining a Spokane syndicate, partnering with high-profile businessmen Finch, Campbell, Wakefield and Corbin.
He moved his family into this opulent mansion in 1897 after living temporarily in the Fotheringham House across the street directly east. For a time in the 1980s and 1990s, the residence was a very popular fine restaurant named after him.
Later on in the 2000s, the grand mansion was purchased by a group of successful attorneys who installed their offices on the second floor. A further renovation and restoration was completed, making the first floor a sought after event center for weddings and other social functions. These lawyers just sold the landmark to another group of attorneys.
Highlight ~ When Doug and I were courting in 1997, I brought him to Spokane to meet my mother Sally. We chose Patsy Clark's when it was serving Spokane as a fine dining establishment as our restaurant for that special introductory dinner.
"THE CHRISTMAS HOUSE (E.J. ROBERTS' MANSION)" (BROWNE'S ADDITION, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED MARCH 1997 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The Loewenberg-Roberts House on First Avenue was designed by W.J. Carpenter for Bernard Loewenberg in 1889. Loewenberg owned a dry goods store nearby on Riverside Avenue, which floundered financially to the point that he was compelled to trade his home for another in the neighborhood owned by E.J. Roberts.
Built in the Queen Anne Victorian style, Carpenter designed the house using a unique decorative blend of granite, wood and brick ~ resulting in an unusually beautiful home. In Browne’s Addition where many of the larger mansions had been converted into apartment houses after World War II to accommodate returning soldiers, remarkably, the E.J. Roberts House remained home to this family well into the 20th Century. Mary Moltke purchased it in the late 1990s and began an ambitious restoration project, re-opening it as an upscale inn and special event center.
Highlight ~ One of my dearest friends, Molly Roberts Hannan is the great granddaughter of E.J. Robert, who has always enjoyed sharing lots of stories about her colorful great grandpa.
THE MAC'S AMASA CAMPBELL HOUSE ~ GRACIOUS LIVING FOR THE CAMPBELLS AND THE STAFF WHO LOOKED AFTER THEM IN THE LATE 1800S AND EARLY 1900S
NEW! "AMASA CAMPBELL'S MEN'S CARD ROOM" (CAMPBELL HOUSE, BROWNE'S ADDITION, THE MAC, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED NOVEMVER 2021 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 5X7-INCH)
Located in the basement of the Campbell House's gorgeous Tudor Revival mansion, this unique room was where Amasa Campbell entertained his male (only) guests with cigars and card games ~ usually after a sumptuous dinner party.
It should be noted that Amasa and his wife Grace truly loved to entertain, purchasing a very large dining room table to accommodate visiting friends to the Campbell House (NorthwestMuseum.org).
Their guest lists frequently included neighbors / business associates Patsy Clark, John Finch and W.J.C. Wakefield and their wives. As these and others were usually quite wealthy, stakes were frequently very high in card games. Decorating treatments included stenciled walls and ceilings, carved woodwork, matching doors and more.
Highlight ~ This lower level space also included a small room off the main one that held a huge safe.
"CHRISTMAS AT THE CAMPBELL HOUSE" (CAMPBELL HOUSE, BROWNE'S ADDITION, THE MAC, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2005 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The Campbell family’s focal point was the library on the main floor of their grand residence. Located left of the entryway, it was finished in rich dark oak echoing the woodwork in the hallway. Dark beams set off the ceiling in the library and the handsome carved Gothic arch over the fireplace.
This room provided the family with a warm and inviting place for casual relaxation like listening to music, reading and playing board games. The Campbells also hosted parties and dances here, as well as more formal events like weddings and funerals.
On June 27th, 1917, the library was festooned with blossoms to host the wedding celebration of the Campbell’s only daughter Helen to William Powell.
Highlight ~ For years, this invtiting room was open to the MAC (NorthwestMuseum.org) members and guests at Christmastme for their Annual Open House.
THE PRESTIGIOUS SOUTH HILL ~ CHURCHES, SCHOOLS, PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN THESE NEIGHBORHOODS ~ CANNON HILL / MANITO / CABLE ADDITIONS, CLIFF PARK, HIGH DRIVE, LOWER SOUTH HILL, MORAN PRIARIE, ROCKWOOD, OVERBLUFF, SOUTH PERRY DISTRICT AND MORE
Entire South Hill Collection pdf ~ Click on the 17-page pdf to see and learn about all 84 paintings in the "South Hill" collection.
THE SOUTH HILL'S PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES ~ ICONIC CHURCHES, SCHOOLS AND BELOVED SMALL BUSINESSES
"OCTOBERFEST AT CATALDO" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 2006 ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
Known as St. Augustine’s School (StAugustineSpokane.CatholicWeb.com) when my sisters and I attended classes there in the 1950s and 1960s, later the parochial grade school changed its name and absorbed students from Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Lourdes parishes ~ thus the name change.
The handsome old building was designed by famed architect Kirtland K. Cutter and served as the original church, school and Franciscan Sisters’ convent in the 1930s and 1940.
The school holds fond memories for hundreds of South Hill kids (including me) ~ now parents and grandparents of the children who attend classes today. This artwork, inspired by my sister-in-law, Jan Simpson, celebrates Autumn’s Oktoberfest, a colorful season in Spokane.
Highlight ~ My niece and nephew Scot and Isabel were pictured as youngsters with their chums (girls in their plaid uniforms and boys in navy) at this seasonal celebration.
NEW! "MERRY CAROLERS AT SAINT MARK'S" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED OCTOBER 2021 4 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Christmastime at Saint Mark’s … This remarkable structure was built on the corner of Grand Boulevard and 24th Avenue on Spokane’s South Hill in 1950 near Manito Park.
Architects Funk, Molander and Johnson designed this Mid-Century Modern church ~ giving it a distinct Swedish-style influence. Unique for its time were its A-frame lines and needle-shaped bell-tower embellished with four angels.
It was modern inside as well. ~ Acclaimed Spokane artist Harold Balazs created the interior art and sculpture as part of the church’s unique design. This neighborhood Lutheran church made quite a remarkable statement for it’s time ~ considered to be a fine example of Mid-Century Modern architecture in Spokane. The property was particularly pretty during the Holidays ~ especially with fresh snow covering the ground. I pictured a diverse group of merry carolers in the foreground in front of its signature basaltic rock wall welcoming folks to the Christmas Eve Service.
Highlight ~ In 1955 when I was about to start kindergarten, Saint Augustine’s parish had not implemented this program into their curriculum yet, so some neighborhood moms suggested Saint Mark's. My mother Sally enrolled me there. I just LOVED kindergarten, as we kids were constantly creating art projects with crayons, pastels, clay, plaster of Paris, finger-paints and more ~ shades of things to come for me!
SOUTH HILL "HOME SWEET HOMES" ~ BUNGALOWS, CAPE CODS, DUTCH COLONIALS, FOURSQUARES, TUDORS, VICTORIANS, AND MORE
NEW! "AUTUMN LEAVES AND PUMPKINS AT THE ALLERS" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WASHINGTON • OCTOBER 2022 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
Soon after my parents married in October 1947, Joe and Sally joined Saint Augustine’s Parish on Spokane’s South Hill ~ my mother signing up for the Altar Society there as well. A group of delightful women made her feel most welcome.
Soon my folks became part of a legendary group of couples who played bridge, dined and danced, partied together on New Year’s Eve, spent weekends at our family lake cabin, became God-parents for each other’s children ~ and were there for each other during times of trouble. The Allers, Eugenes, Fays, Lunquists, Maloneys, Robinsons, and Rouses were a huge part of our lives growing up ~ continuing even after we Simpsons moved to the Spokane Valley when they added the Doohans to the group.
The years went by, and one by one, these great friends passed away ~ each one very missed. Finally, just three women remained ~ my mother Sally (95 when I finished this art), Geneva Maloney (92) and Dolores Allers (99).
Highlight ~ As a surprise gift for Dolores’ 100th November birthday, I updated the simple home portrait I’d done for the Allers years before ~ adding husband Howard with sons Nick and Jim (right), daughters Judy, Arlene and Jackie (left) and “Birthday Gal” Dolores ~ front and center in the scene.
"SHIMMERING SNOWFALL ON CANNON HILL (HAWLEY HOUSE)" (CANNON HILL, THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED MAY NOVEMBER 2016 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
“SHIMMERING SNOWFALL ON CANNON HILL (HAWLEY HOUSE) • THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WASHINGTON
• PAINTED NOVEMBER 2016 • 11x14-INCH
Designed by Whitehouse and Price, this pristine Colonial Revival-style clinker brick residence was built on the corner of Stevens and Shoshone in 1926 overlooking Cannon Hill Pond. History suggests that Hawley owned an oil company and he had this home created for his family. A later noteworthy resident was Dr. Harcus of Harcus & Aspray Radiologists, Spokane’s first large practice.
In December 2016, Molly Meyers Jakubczak purchased the original painting and prints as Christmas gifts for each of her kids who had grown there. She had just finished an extensive “face-lift” of the home, with plans to list it for sale in Spring 2017 after 30 years in the brick beauty.
In 2018, a new family with young children purchased the place and began creating memories of their own.
The new family also has a large canvas reproduction of this artwork. I gave this piece a skating theme as Spokane always enjoyed four seasons. In Winter, Cannon Hill pond frequently froze, beaconing folks of all ages to spend the day on the ice. Girls twirled and did their best to skate backwards without losing their balance while boys engaged in some very spirited hockey matches.
Highlight ~ In the 1950-60s, older students from nearby Saint Augustine’s School spent lunch hours on the ice as there was a shortage of playground in those days.
THE HISTORIC NORTH SIDE ~ SAINT ALOYSIUS GONZAGA COLLECTION, CHURCHES, SCHOOLS, PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN CORBIN PARK, GARLAND, INDIAN TRAIL, LITTLE SPOKANE RIVER, LOGAN, NETTLETON, WEST POINT ROAD, THE UNIVERSITY DISTRICT AND MORE
The Entire North Side Collection pdf ~ Click on the 7-page pdf to see and learn about all 31 paintings in the "North Side" collection.
THE NORTH SIDE'S SAINT ALOYSIUS GONZAGA COLLECTION ~ FATHER JOSEPH CATALDO S.J.'S RENOWNED CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SYSTEM IN SPOKANE
"BING CROSBY'S CRAFTSMAN" (GONZAGA UNIVERSITY, THE NORTH SIDE, SPOKANE, WA • AUGUST 2008 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
This handsome two-story Craftsman house on Sharp Avenue was the childhood home of famous crooner and one of Holllywood’s most memorable actors, Bing Crosby. The Bing Crosby House Museum became part of the Gonzaga University (Gonzaga.Edu) campus in the 1980s.
Though Bing dropped out of Gonzaga a few months before graduation, he stayed close with and raised money for his old college throughout his life. When Gonzaga needed a new library in 1957, Crosby recruited best friends Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney to put on a nationwide television special. They donated their work so all profits went to building the library.
Highlight ~ Bing helped the careers of Spokane musicians when he could. In 1937, Bing invited nine musicians from Gonzaga’s Pep band to visit him in Hollywood. My dad Joe, who played trumpet, was one of them. Bing hoped that some of them might be interested in big time show business.
Although my dad chose to finish college and law school at Gonzaga, for the rest of his life he recalled his magical week-long look at the big time and his visit with Bing.
"BOZARTH MANSION IN BLOOM" (GONZAGA UNIVERSITY, THE NORTH SIDE, SPOKANE, WA • APRIL 2010 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
“The Historic Huetter House (Gonzaga University)” (THE NORTH SIDE, SPOKANE, WASHINGTON • PAINTED MAY 2007 • 8X10-INCH)
John Huetter started work on this stately mansion in 1889. In the construction business ~ and a fine stone mason and brick layer ~ he was also responsible for Gonzaga University’s DeSmet Hall and the Administration Building (College Hall). The great fire of 1889 provided other opportunities, such as the construction of the original St. Joseph’s Orphanage.
Huetter’s family of nine children were active in St. Aloysius parish. Several Catholic organizations used this house until 1956 when Bishop Bernard J. Topel dedicated it to the memory of Bishop Charles D. White (second bishop of the Spokane Diocese) and commissioned it as a Preparatory Seminary.
This painting was completed to honor its 50th year of preparing men for the priesthood. When a new seminary was built, a decision made to move the historic structure to its location near Bing Crosby’s residence where it began serving Gonzaga University as the alumni center.
Highlight ~ I pictured my brothers John, Bill and Bob Simpson as young altar boys in the foreground of this piece.
THE NORTH SIDE'S PUBLIC PLACES ~ CHURCHES, SCHOOLS AND BELOVED BUSINESSES, INCLUDING THE SPOKANE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
"THE SPOKANE COUNTY COURTHOUSE" (THE NORTH SIDE, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 201 4 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
29-year-old W.A. Ritchie won the design competition sponsored by the Board of County Commissioner in 1893 for the Spokane County Courthouse.
Construction in the French Renaissance style began in 1894 on property located just across the Spokane River from the heart of downtown. It was regarded as a masterpiece with its romantic statuesque towers, handsome masonry and intricate wrought-iron metalwork.
The center tower and roof were freshened up in 2012. It has been an important part of Spokane’s skyline for over a hundred years. A dubious honor, the courtyard held the county’s first public hanging on its grounds in 1897, executing a man who had murdered a woman.
Highlight ~ I dedicated this painting to my father, a successful Spokane attorney who spent a great deal of time in this building.
"GATHERING AT THE GARLAND MILK BOTTLE" (THE NORTH SIDE, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTEDMARCH 2016 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This piece pictured Paul E. Newman’s Benewah Creamery’s Milk Bottle building on Garland Avenue, the first of two in Spokane (this one constructed in 1934) of the six planned by Whitehouse and Price (Hutton Settlement and more).
At a hefty price tag of $3,700 each, the Great Depression probably was the culprit in only allowing for two. The milk bottle buildings were classic examples of “literalist” architecture as they advertised in a very real way exactly what they were selling. After decades of serving the community, the Benewah Creamery closed in 1978 and the milk bottle when on to house a variety of small businesses. When I painted this portrait, it was a diner that served the Garland District as Mary Lou’s Milk Bottle.
I painted students from North Side high schools ~ Rogers, Gonzaga Prep, North Central, Holy Names Academy and Shadle ~ in their school colors gathering for ice cream treats.
Highlight ~ In 2011, fire nearly destroyed the milk bottle and adjacent Fergusson’s Café, but after a year of rebuilding, the beloved historic icon reopened for business.
THE NORTH SIDE'S "HOME SWEET HOMES" ~ BUNGALOWS, DUTCH COLONIALS, FOURSQUARES, SALT BOXES, VICTORIANS AND MORE
"FLOWERFIELD IN THE FALL *SAINT GEORGE'S SCHOOL" (THE NORTH SIDE, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JUNE 2008 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Located on the banks of the Little Spokane River on Spokane’s North Side, Flowerfield was once the 440-acre Summer estate of Louis Davenport, his wife and son.
Davenport had once commissioned Kirtland Cutter to design and construct a huge mansion in the Rockwood neighborhood on the South Hill, but was forced to sell it prematurely after only two years to the Porter family due to investors' demands for early repayment for his grand Davenport Hotel. He relocated his wife and child into a sumptuous suite at his Davenport Hotel. This Summer home must have been a welcome countryside escape from Spokane's busy city life in Summer.
Highlight ~ The property was sold in 1955 and 120 acres of it became Saint George’s School (sgs.org), one of the finest private schools in Eastern Washington. The Davenport’s lovely two-story residence was preserved as part of the Saint George’s campus ~ and went on to serve as an event center.
"NORTH SIDE NOEL" ( LOGAN NEIGHBORHOOD, THE NORTH SIDE, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 1987 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This was a portrait of the classic Queen Anne-style home that my father grew up in just before the Great Depression hit Spokane in the late 1920s. Life had been very prosperous for the Simpson family and they not only owned this beautiful home, but another that added to the family’s revenue as a rental.
Pictured in front of the 2-1/2-story Victorian were my dad Joseph and his little sister Wanda, about to take their “Flexible Flyer” sled out for a ride. Sadly, the Depression spelled disaster for this family as it did for so many others.
The Simpsons experienced hard times and lost all their properties to foreclosure ~ an all too common fate in the tragic time. A highway was constructed through the property decades later, so this pretty Victorian was demolished in that process. Luckily my grandmother Jessie Simpson kept several photographs of it, which made this portrait possible.
Highlight ~ I gave prints of the finished painting to my dad and aunt for Christmas in 1987, which was fortuitous as a few short month later, my father passed away.
THE SPOKANE VALLEY ~ PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, INCLUDING ARBOR CREST CELLLARS, AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN THESE NEIGHBORHOODS ~ FRUIT HILL ROAD, KOKOMO, MILLWOOD, NORTHWOOD, UNIVERSITY AND MORE
The Entire Spokane Valley Collection pdf ~ Click on the 5-page pdf to see and learn about all 17 paintings in the "Spokane Valley" collection.
"FLEXBLE FLYERS IN THE VALLEY" (SPOKANE VALLEY, WA • PAINTE DAUGUST 2016 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This Spokane Valley white brick Colonial home was built in 1940 for the Henry family on Boone Avenue on a large, gently sloping lot. Interestingly, its design was slightly asymmetrical as the left side of it was larger in width than the right. In 1957, Joe and Rita Moran purchased the residence where they would raise their family of five children (L-R Georgia, Curt, Joey, Kathy and Marty) for nearly 20 years.
The property included an orchard to the left, an outdoor “living room” with white wrought iron furniture beneath the giant willow (note the lovely statue of the Blessed Mother) and a swimming pool behind the house ~ the setting for many warm weather gatherings with family and friends. I gave this artwork a mid-1960s holiday theme, picturing the kids ready to enjoy the frosty afternoon sledding down the slope in front of the house.
Highlight ~ The folks who bought this home were advised by their realtor to strip the paint from the bricks for a more natural look, resulting in a hodge-podge of different colored sections as the residence was always meant to be painted white.
"MILLWOOD'S ROSEBUSH COTTAGE, MARGUERITE STREET" (SPOKANE VALLEY, WA • PAINTED OCTOBER 2018 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
I painted this Holiday portrait of the Cliff House at Arbor Crest Cellars to honor a special tradition that occurred in the early 2000s in the Spokane Valley.
An avid aviator who flew his small plane out of Felts Field decorated it for several years to look like Santa In his sleigh. On ChristmasEve (weather permitting) he would take off and criss-cross the skies above the neighborhoods in the Valley for about 15 minutes. Folks of all ages came out into their streets to watch and wave to Saint Nicholas as he made his annual visit late in the evening. It was magical ~ thus the theme for this piece.
Royal Newton Riblet built his Florentine-style Cliff House Mansion to take advantage of the stunning view from his property’s perch overlooking the Spokane River. The grounds included a waterfall that continually recycled from bottom to top, a tram that went down his cliff to the river below, a life-size chess game and other marvels. When I completed this piece, the MIlke family owned the estate, home of Arbor Crest Cellars.
The property with its three-story mansion, basaltic rock out-buildings and marvelous gardens later became the headquarters of Arbor Crest Cellars (ArborCrest.com). This festive fine art was created to promote the 2018 Cliff House Estate Holiday Art Show.
Highlight ~ When Royal Riblet was living there, the cement factory far below on the riverside spewed harmful dust into the air, deteriorating his mansion’s facade. He sued ~ and the attorneys who won the first ever case of its kind were associates James Winton and my father Joseph A. Simpson.
GREATER INLAND NORTHWEST AND NORTH IDAHO ~ PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, SMALL BUSINESSES, WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY, AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN LATAH CREEK VALLEY , PEND O'REILlLE RIVER, NEWMAN LAKE, AND IDAHO'S COEUR D'ALENE, HAYDEN, SANDPOINT, AND MORE
The Entire Greater Inland NW/North Idaho Collection pdf ~ Click on the 4-page pdf to see and learn about all 19 paintings in the "Greater Inland Northwest & North Idaho" collection.
"FRIENDS FOREVER AT THE DELTA DELTA DELTA HOUSE" (WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY, PULLMAN,WA •SEPTEMBER 2002 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
The National Chapter of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority began at Boston University, Massachusetts on the eve of Thanksgiving in 1888. On December 14th, 1918, Delta Delta Delta opened its doors at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington to become one of the prettiest, most popular houses in the Greek system at that university.
Allison Orrico, a student there in 2002 (and daughter of good friends, Mark and Janis Orrico), suggested the handsome three-story Colonial mansion as a subject to honor with a portrait.
The result was this painting celebrating sisterhood, lifelong friendships and ultimately graduation from W.S.U.
Highlight ~ The painting I completed pictured many of Allison’s sorority sisters in the foreground in front of their beautiful Delta Delta Delta House, honoring their four years of sisterhood together.
"RICH & LINDA'S LAKESIDE LODGE" (PRIEST LAKE, IDAHO • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 1998 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10 -INCH)
When my parents downsized from their mid-century modern in the Spokane Valley suburbs, they chose a view condominium at Mountain View Estates above Millwood on Argonne Lane in 1986..
Their next door neighbor was a friendly high school teacher named Rich who was approaching retirement from a Spokane Valley's Central High School.
When that day finally arrived, Rich sold his condominium and moved to a scenic spot on Priest Lake to share life with his longtime love Linda. They married and together built a large new log home to replace the small one-room cottage that had served them for decades as their Summer place on Priest Lake's shoreline. Many, many years old and riddled with dry rot, the cabin was deemed uninhabitable, ultimately unsalvageable, and went on their scheduled for demolition.
To surprise his bride, Rich took several photos of the place before it was demolished, and commissioned this portrait. I pictured the newlyweds on the front deck overlooking a brilliant Autumn scene dotted with wildlife.
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