Artist

Catherine McCargar
Walnut Creek, California

Catherine McCargar created her first work of art at five years old, a snowman drawn on blue construction paper. A group of artists invited her to try plein air painting and she fell in love. In her eyes, “the time spent composing and recording in the open air is invaluable to breathe life into a painting.” Catherine currently lives in California and loves tending her garden and being creative in the kitchen when she’s not painting. Fun fact: she occasionally writes stories for her granddaughter with accompanying ink drawings; she recently wrote a series called “Baby Owl Learns to Fly.”

Artist and Customer Comments


Catherine McCargar 7/21/2016 | 7:00 PM

Just want to say a warm "thank you" to the UGallery staff for their "curator pick" special recognition of my latest work "Green Valley Spring." I enjoyed painting it; so glad you like it.

Catherine McCargar 5/27/2016 | 8:06 PM

Thank you so much, I'm pleased you enjoy my work. Yes, I often work larger than the pieces that are currently on display at UGallery. I believe that a 24" x 48" watercolor painting would have to be produced from a roll of watercolor paper in order to get the long width. A standard full sheet of watercolor paper is 15" x 22". I have a landscape piece of that size in progress now. I have in my studio a number of finished pieces available in 18" x 24" size. The largest work I have done is 24" x 36", another paper size I found available. I used it for several commissioned pieces. I have purchased a piece of watercolor board, a nice firm surface, which is 30" x 40", and I am looking forward to working on it sometime soon. Remember that watercolor work usually is matted, and the mat adds significantly to the final framed size of a piece. I would love to know which of my paintings are you favorites.

commentsPath to Castle Rock
C Moore 5/27/2016 | 3:17 PM

Catherine, do you do any larger pieces such as 24" x 48" for example? You are talented from toes to head.

Catherine McCargar 8/15/2015 | 8:30 PM

Thank you for your inquiry. The short answer is, I think, no, but I do have a couple of Petaluma (a small vineyard panorama, and one of cows!) in my studio. A new exciting larger vineyard piece called "Sonoma Red" is currently being exhibited in a national juried show, but scheduled to be returned to me on the 24th. I love to paint these areas, and I don't live far from Napa, so I would consider doing a commissioned work for you. Alternatively, you can let me know what you would like to see, and I just might pop out there and post some new work for you later!

J Anzelc 8/15/2015 | 7:34 PM

I'd like to know if you have any watercolor paintings of the Napa valley

Catherine McCargar 7/13/2015 | 1:30 AM

I am so glad that you like my painting of Pillar Point Harbor. Maybe you know the coast around Half Moon Bay, and that it is often foggy there. I've done several paintings in the area, and they are all of misty scenes.

commentsPillar Point Harbor
A Wright 7/12/2015 | 2:43 PM

I really like this painting - it captures the harbor and old pier on a rare sunny day as the fog creeps in.

Catherine McCargar 1/31/2015 | 3:11 PM

Thank you for your kind comment. The autumn scene there at the vineyard, with the fiery fall foliage was very inspiring.

commentsView from Viansa
bigdonlid693@gmail.com 1/31/2015 | 9:14 AM

This was done by a very skilled artist. It is beautiful

Llama
by CATHERINE MCCARGAR


Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
One-of-a-kind
Signed on front
2015

12" h x 12" w x 1" d
0 lbs. 7 oz.

$450


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This happy looking llama lives on a ranch not far from my home. The moment captured in this piece brings a smile to my face. The piece is on a gallery wrapped canvas and the painting continues around the sides. It comes ready to hang.

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