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

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.”