"The 'Irene', built in 1898 in Tacoma, Washington,
was officially launched in 1902. She was named for Irene S. Reed, the original
owner of Simpson Timber Company. Once known as the Lorna Foss and used
for dredging, the 87 foot long tug is now tied up in Winslow, Washington."
Artist Comment: "When I moved to Olympia, Washington, I was fascinated by the many types of boats; from pleasure craft to hard working commercial and fishing vessels. I especially enjoyed the annual tug boat races held annually. With camera at the ready, I waited on the end of a long dock to photograph the racing tugs. There were several size related classes. The irene was one of the larger boats. Here I painted (with oil on canvas) the scene beginning with sky and water, then the trees. With 'Irene' sketched in place, I finished the background details, then began the boat. I painted the darks first, letting the oil 'set up', then I did the white, also letting the paint set. Finally I painted the people, port holes, and other details. I saved the flag for last (my favorite thing)."