"Terroir" is a French term, which means “a sense of place”. It is also used to refer to all of the natural elements that give wine its unique tastes. For this piece, I have tried to capture the taste of the Livermore Valley in California, where grapes grow abundantly. The rolling hills capture some of the Pacific influence, and take on a distinctive dusty purplish cast in the late summer and early autumn. Before the rainy season begins, the vines are golden. This piece is on heavyweight paper and will need a frame for display.

- Catherine McCargar


Watercolor painting on paper

Signed on front

12" h x 16" 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.”