About Our Studio

Our Studio in Port Townsend Washington

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Ice skating action in Seattle – it’s not all work.
Start of hike: Olympic National Park and Royal Basin. 2014

The Lodge

Artists need an aesthetically-pleasing place to work, and we think we have one. The Lodge is an all-natural red-cedar home and studio, no paint inside or out. Since we often frequent old National Park lodges on mural projects, we appreciate the honest craftsmanship of this place.

The squirrels, on the other hand, have other ideas.

Port Townsend Washington is on the Olympic Peninsula, about 40 miles northwest of Seattle. Surrounded by water on three sides, Olympic National Park on the fourth, we’re in the rainshadow of the Olympic Mountains. Unlike the West-side rain forests, we get about 18″ of rain a year. Of all the towns we’ve been in, this one suits us best.

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Our Studio

We live near to the mouth of the Chimacum Creek Estuary on Port Townsend Bay – so we called our business, Estuary Press.

Artist in the studio. I’ve always preferred small and warm painting spaces, but when bigger projects arrive, there’s a huge studio in town we move to that can handle 30-footers.



Painting Polks

Careful, careful, that’s a 200-lb Columbian black-tailed buck there. Nancy both complains and brags that nature is really in charge here –


Hilton Avenue. Sounds high-class, but it’s actually a three-block long dirt lane. We’re near the end of it – Chimacum Creek is at the bottom.

Elephant Seal yearling hauled out in downtown Port Townsend. Just a couple of hundred feet away from the gallery both Nancy and Larry show in, this guy needed a month to molt – so here he choose to do it. Elephant seals are endangered critters, but this guy didn’t seem to care.

Elephant_sealCougar tracks near our studio. While we’ve not seen one in our meadow, Nancy spotted one of the big cats just down the lane in 2014.


Backyard fawns still together but without their spots.


On the Grand Ridge Trail, above Port Townsend in Olympic National Park just a few miles from home.


High above Grand Lake in the Olympic Mountains. This spot is only 25 miles as the crow flies from our studio. Below, hold onto your hats high above home.Nancy_Deer_Ridge


And then there’s this, but we won’t get into right here. 1939 Sea Witch.Eifert_Sea_Witch_sailing