Poster Artists

2017

Artist: by Trish Harding

Trish Harding works from her studio in Bellingham. She is fascinated by living in close proximity to an active volcano. She also loves the outdoors, tulips, birds, and bicycles, as can be seen in her poster.

2016

Artist: Sandy Haight

Sandy created this vibrant watercolor using a multi-layer technique featuring some favorite tulip varieties. She is a professional illustrator working from her Seattle studio. For more information on Sandy and her work, visit her website.

2015

Artist: Teresa Saia

Teresa uses various mediums in her artwork. The 2015 poster captures the late afternoon sky of Skagit Valley using familiar sights seen during tulip time. She is well versed in the sights of Skagit Valley as she spent part of her art career here showing in the Art in the Pickle Barn group for many years.

2014

Artist: Luke Tornatzky

Luke paints with a variety of mediums out of his Port Townsend, WA studio. Many of his images focus on water and nature, as does the vivid oil painting of Skagit Valley tulips that he created for the 2014 poster.

2013

Artist: Karen Sistek

Karen Sistek is a master silk artist. She uses specialty dyes made for silk which makes her images bright and vivid. She works from a Port Angeles, WA studio.

2012

Artist: Kate Larsson

Kate’s bright, bold watercolor shouts “spring.” The Gig Harbor artist layers her painting to created the vivid bold colors.

2011

Artist: John Ebner

John Ebner’s watercolor shows off one of his signature looks with his “rain people.” John specializes in painting images of the Pacific Northwest from his Camano Island studio.

2010

Artist: Bart Rulon

Bart’s image captures two of the favorite spring residents of the Skagit Valley—tulips and trumpeter swans. Bart works out of a studio on Whidbey Island.

2009

Artist: Andy Sewell

Andy Sewell worked to create a nostalgic image incorporating familiar elements that people still enjoy today. Andy is a watercolor artist. He works from a home studio in Idaho.

2008

Artist: Lee Mann

Lee Mann spent 40 hours capturing the image for the 25th anniversary poster. Lee worked from his studio in Sedro-Woolley, WA until his death in July 2011.

2007

Artist: Amy Melious

Amy created this mix media piece by photographing over 600 individual tulips and then composing the piece with software. The butterflies in the image are species found in Western Washington. Amy works from her studio in British Columbia.

2006

Artist: Beki Killorin

Beki’s watercolor image highlights the blue herons that dot the landscape in Skagit Valley. Beki works from her home studio in Mount Vernon, WA.

2005

Artist: Brett Varney

This oil pastel painting shows Brett’s vision of the Skagit Valley heading south. Brett works from his studio in British Columbia. This poster is now out of print.

2004

Artist: Jennifer Bowman

Jennifer created five watercolor scenes capturing iconic tulip festival images that visitors love to see—the tulip stack in Mount Vernon, the Rainbow Bridge in LaConner, the church in Conway, the Prater cabin at Tulip Town and the Windmill at RoozenGaarde. Jennifer works out of Anacortes; you can also find her painting the mural at Tulip Town during the festival.

2003

Artist: Randy Dana

Randy composed this festive photo for the 20th anniversary of the festival. Besides tulips, the photo features the actual bulb and hyacinths.

2002

Artist: Jerry Freiberg

This watercolor rendition of Jerry’s cat Oliver is well loved by tulip fans.

2001

Artist: Randy Van Beek

Randy’s vibrant oil painting showcases the beauty of Skagit Valley in the spring. Randy paints from his home studio in Bellingham.

2000

Artist: Randy Dana

Randy composed this photo for the millennium. It was the first poster to feature the tulip bulb. At the time Randy worked at Red Robin in Seattle and photography was his hobby. He now works full time as an photographer, creating his pieces from a studio in Mount Vernon.

1999

Artist: Mary Gregg Byrne

1998

Artist: Alfred Currier

1997

Artist: Diana Schmidt

1996

Artist: Carolyn Oltman

1995

Artist: Jesus Guillen

This poster honors the farmworkers of Skagit Valley who harvest the tulip crop each year. Mr. Guillen worked out of LaConner where he lived until his death in 1994.

1994

Artist: Karen Mallary

Karen created this image that cause many fans to query where they can buy that stamp to mail their festival postcard. See if you can find the vase in the poster.

1993

Artist: Yvonne Davis

Yvonne captured a familiar visitor to the fertile Skagit Valley—the snow goose—in the 10th anniversary poster. Every year thousands of geese visit the valley during their annual migration.

1992

Artist: Larry Larson

This is the third year of the trilogy of posters that Larry Larsen created for the festival.

1991

Artist: Larry Larson

Year two of Larry Larson’s trilogy.

1990

Artist: Larry Larson

First year of Larry Larson’s trilogy.

1989

Artist: Donald Smith

This fanciful graphic rendition was a favorite at the beginning of the festival.

1988

Artist: Susan Hughes-Hayton with Molesworth and Associates

The young girl, a Skagit County native, in this photograph by Peeps is now grown with children of her own. This remains a fan favorite.

1987

Artist: Tori Lenze

A classic—this red tulip on black is now out of print.

1986

Artist: Larry Larson