While growing up, Inez became fond of wildlife, hunting, camping, and mountain climbing. As an adult, she turned her love of the outdoors into landscape paintings of local areas. Some of her paintings have become iconic representations of early Seattle’s pioneer days. The Museum of Natural History and Industry in Seattle, which holds the largest collection of her work, valued one of her untitled paintings, dated 1888, at $42,500 in July 2008. In 1899, Inez wrote, “Blazing the Way,” an autobiographical sketch of her pioneer parents and early events in Seattle. Of our area’s early pioneer families, she aptly wrote, “By thrift and enterprise they attained independence, and… helped to lay the foundations of many institutions and enterprises of which the commonwealth is now justly proud.”
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