The place that inspired this watercolor painting is among the many lovely locations that are the foothills of Mt. Diablo in the East Bay Area near San Francisco. In spring, I go to this spot to paint the old almond trees in bloom, and I particularly enjoy seeing the unpredictable spring skies that become a watercolor friendly indigo blue, turning everything in the landscape into a delightful drama.

- Catherine McCargar

Breaking Through

Watercolor painting on paper

Ready to frame

Signed on front

14" h x 20" w 
0 lbs. 2 oz.



Catherine McCargar
Walnut Creek, California

Getting to Know Catherine

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.”