I have lived near Mt. Diablo, in the San Francisco Bay Area, for a long time, yet it was not until someone asked me to paint it for her, and from her neighborhood, that I began to look at the mountain and foothills with a more discerning eye. The color of the mountain changes many times from morning to night every day, and again many times from one season to another, and in one weather condition or another. Sometimes the mountain is pink or peach toned. Sometimes it is blue or purplish. I love seeing the differences and painting them in my own interpretations of what is ever changing. In this painting I have also had fun painting the silhouettes of oak tree limbs in the foreground, and the lovely contrast of the near and the far. This piece is on heavyweight paper and will need a frame for display.

- Catherine McCargar

Western Slopes of Mount Diablo

Watercolor painting on paper

Signed on front

18" h x 24" w 
0 lbs. 3 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.