Kent Valley


Danny Pierce


City Center, 1st floor hallway, 440 W Gowe St, Kent, WA 98032


This watercolor shows a vista of Kent from the hillside where Danny and Julia’s home is located. Painted during the late 1980s, some residential architecture is in view but farmland comprises a good portion of the landscape’s expanse. Today the valley is a very densely built corridor of businesses and arterial roadways.

The work of renowned artist Danny Pierce is a powerful expression of regional color and vitality, a celebration of the Kent community that he has long called home. Danny turned 92 in 2012, and he and his wife Julia live in the house that was her childhood home.

His most outstanding tribute to the city is a cycle of murals charting the region’s early networks of transportation and industry. Hanging at various locations downtown, they illuminate the fortitude and resilience that characterizes Kent residents into the present day.

Kent Valley

"The Kent Valley", watercolor on paper, 2006, location - City Hall 3rd Floor