I've painted this watercolor with an imaginative color scheme giving the scene a somewhat other-worldly feel. Additionally, I used a fairly limited palette of colors, so the effect is unified and calming. The place, in the East Bay of northern California, is Los Vaqueros Reservoir and its surroundings, named for the 19th century Mexican Rancho Cañada de los Vaqueros land grant. I was invited to paint here from the home of friends who have this splendid view every day.

- Catherine McCargar

Los Vaqueros

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

Although originally from the East Coast, Catherine McCargar has been a Californian for many years. Her representative impressionism reflects the California landscape and her world travels. Throughout her portfolio, she creatively plays with her color palette, giving each work her distinct style. She paints regularly in her home studio, and has been a selected member of the San Francisco-based Jade Fon Painters group for over a decade. Through this, she has gained experience painting outside on location in all sorts of weather together with a group of accomplished artists. The experiences, observations, and critiques of that plein air group strongly influence her work today.