Catherine McCargar
Walnut Creek, California

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.”

Discover Original Art by Catherine McCargar | Sugarloaf Hills, Summer watercolor painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Sugarloaf Hills, Summer
11" x 15" , watercolor painting
$475

Discover Original Art by Catherine McCargar | Cafe M watercolor painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Cafe M
11" x 15" , watercolor painting
$475

Sonoma Red
18" x 24" , watercolor painting
$1,350


Memorial Birches
20.5" x 15" , watercolor painting
$800

Western Slopes of Mount Diablo
18" x 24" , watercolor painting
$1,350

Sugar Town
12" x 18" , watercolor painting
$600


Arroyo del Hambre
12" x 12.5" , watercolor painting
$475

Mt. Diablo, Port Costa View
15.5" x 21" , watercolor painting
$875

Vineyard Garden
10" x 14" , watercolor painting
$450


Hidden Villa II
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$650

Coyote Hills Wetlands
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$650

Discover Original Art by Catherine McCargar | Delicate Balance watercolor painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Delicate Balance
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$650


View from Point Bonita
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$650

Discover Original Art by Catherine McCargar | Green Valley Spring watercolor painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Green Valley Spring
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$600

French Laundry
20" x 14" , watercolor painting
$875


East Bay
11.5" x 20" , watercolor painting
$650

The Fruit and the Vine
14" x 20" , watercolor painting
$900

Road Home
14" x 10" , watercolor painting
$450


Heart of the Mother Lode
14" x 20" , watercolor painting
$875

Mai Tai Sky
14" x 20" , watercolor painting
$875

Discover Original Art by Catherine McCargar | Winter Light watercolor painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Winter Light
10" x 14" , watercolor painting
$450


Cottages by the Sea
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$600

Blossom Time in the Valley
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$575

The Sun Plays with Her
11" x 15" , watercolor painting
$525


Morning Fog at Murrieta's Well
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$600

Coit Tower, San Francisco
14" x 10" , watercolor painting
$450

Llama
12" x 12" , acrylic painting
$475


Wine Country 2
15" x 22" , watercolor painting
$875

Vineyard Victorian
8" x 12" , watercolor painting
$350

Mt. Diablo Westerly Slopes
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$550


Valley Harvest
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$600

Sunflower Farm
16" x 12" , watercolor painting
$600

Quiet Place
8.5" x 16" , watercolor painting
$400


Spring Greens
14" x 20" , watercolor painting
$900

San Francisco Skyline from Fort Point
10" x 16" , watercolor painting
$525

Town House
9" x 12" , watercolor painting
$375


Misty Solitude
11" x 14" , watercolor painting
$525

Last Days of Summer
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$600

Spring in the Foothills
12" x 17.5" , watercolor painting
$650


Port of San Francisco
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$600

Beach at Fort Bragg, Mendocino
14" x 20" , watercolor painting
$900

Winter Brush
10" x 14" , watercolor painting
$450


Growing Things
14" x 20" , watercolor painting
$825

Flower Market, Paris
18" x 24" , watercolor painting
$1,350

A Gathering of Kings
22" x 30" , watercolor painting
$1,600


Mendocino Coast - Commission
12" x 17" , watercolor painting
$750

San Francisco Skyline from Fort Baker
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$625

Path to Castle Rock
11" x 15" , watercolor painting
$475


On the Trail Early
12" x 16.5" , watercolor painting
$525

Coyote Hills in Summer
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$475

Oyster Farm Boats at Tomales Bay
11" x 14" , watercolor painting
$375


In the Valley
10.5" x 12.75" , watercolor painting
$375

Are You Kidding Me?
12" x 12" , acrylic painting
$450

Dahlias and Hydrangeas in Brass Vase
15" x 20" , watercolor painting
$875


Garden Walk at Giverny
14" x 10" , watercolor painting
$425

Terroir
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$575

Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco
10" x 14" , watercolor painting
$475


Bay View from Oakland Hills
9" x 13" , watercolor painting
$375

Wine Country
10" x 14" , watercolor painting
$375

Peacocks and Birds of Paradise
18" x 24" , watercolor painting
$1,325


Canyon Confetti
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$375

Livermore Valley Vineyard
12" x 18" , watercolor painting
$650

Johnson's Pier, Half Moon Bay
11" x 14.5" , watercolor painting
$475


Monet's Garden Path, Giverny
9" x 12" , watercolor painting
$235

Hidden Villa
14" x 11" , watercolor painting
$530

Baker Beach, San Francisco
12" x 18" , watercolor painting
$650


Speak with Catherine


Catherine McCargar 6/18/2017 | 7:14 PM

I am honored that two of my recent paintings were selected by juror Maria Medua of SFMOMA to be included in the show "Pleasing to the Palette, a Visual Feast" on display from June 30th to August 18th, at the Village Theatre Art Gallery in Danville, CA. If you are in the area, please come by and say hello at the opening reception, Friday, June 30th from 6-8 PM.

Catherine McCargar 11/9/2016 | 1:58 PM

Hydrangeas accenting the yellow Victorian will be beautiful. I will check into this, but you can get all your questions answered by clicking on "Commissions" on the UGallery home page and filling out the form there. The Ugallery staff will then guide you through the process.

J Siqueira 11/8/2016 | 8:20 PM

What do you charge to commission a painting? I would like it to be full sheet size and I would probably want to wait until spring when the hydrangea's are in bloom in front of the house.

Catherine McCargar 11/8/2016 | 7:09 PM

Hi Julie, I know the house you are speaking about; and no, I have not painted it, although I admire it whenever I drive out there. Is it a painting you would want to commission me to do? Catherine

commentsOn the Trail Early
J Siqueira 11/8/2016 | 6:30 PM

Do you have any paintings of the yellow Victorian house on the old lakeville highway in Petaluma?

Catherine McCargar 10/20/2016 | 1:40 PM

So good to know that you love the painting, and that it touches a chord with you of visits to your daughter and memories of the sights of San Francisco Bay. Thank you very much for sharing your satisfaction with us. It brings joy to an artist to know a painting is being enjoyed in its new home.

commentsSan Francisco Skyline from Fort Baker
A Burke purchased this artwork. 10/20/2016 | 12:23 PM

This watercolor is so beautiful and I love it. My daughter lives in Sausalito and I have stood on this very spot at Fort Baker many times!

Catherine McCargar 7/21/2016 | 7:00 PM

Just want to say a warm "thank you" to the UGallery staff for their "curator pick" special recognition of my latest work "Green Valley Spring." I enjoyed painting it; so glad you like it.

Catherine McCargar 5/27/2016 | 8:06 PM

Thank you so much, I'm pleased you enjoy my work. Yes, I often work larger than the pieces that are currently on display at UGallery. I believe that a 24" x 48" watercolor painting would have to be produced from a roll of watercolor paper in order to get the long width. A standard full sheet of watercolor paper is 15" x 22". I have a landscape piece of that size in progress now. I have in my studio a number of finished pieces available in 18" x 24" size. The largest work I have done is 24" x 36", another paper size I found available. I used it for several commissioned pieces. I have purchased a piece of watercolor board, a nice firm surface, which is 30" x 40", and I am looking forward to working on it sometime soon. Remember that watercolor work usually is matted, and the mat adds significantly to the final framed size of a piece. I would love to know which of my paintings are you favorites.

commentsPath to Castle Rock
C Moore 5/27/2016 | 3:17 PM

Catherine, do you do any larger pieces such as 24" x 48" for example? You are talented from toes to head.

Catherine McCargar 8/15/2015 | 8:30 PM

Thank you for your inquiry. The short answer is, I think, no, but I do have a couple of Petaluma (a small vineyard panorama, and one of cows!) in my studio. A new exciting larger vineyard piece called "Sonoma Red" is currently being exhibited in a national juried show, but scheduled to be returned to me on the 24th. I love to paint these areas, and I don't live far from Napa, so I would consider doing a commissioned work for you. Alternatively, you can let me know what you would like to see, and I just might pop out there and post some new work for you later!

J Anzelc 8/15/2015 | 7:34 PM

I'd like to know if you have any watercolor paintings of the Napa valley

Catherine McCargar 7/13/2015 | 1:30 AM

I am so glad that you like my painting of Pillar Point Harbor. Maybe you know the coast around Half Moon Bay, and that it is often foggy there. I've done several paintings in the area, and they are all of misty scenes.

commentsPillar Point Harbor
A Wright 7/12/2015 | 2:43 PM

I really like this painting - it captures the harbor and old pier on a rare sunny day as the fog creeps in.

Catherine McCargar 1/31/2015 | 3:11 PM

Thank you for your kind comment. The autumn scene there at the vineyard, with the fiery fall foliage was very inspiring.

commentsView from Viansa
bigdonlid693@gmail.com 1/31/2015 | 9:14 AM

This piece was done by a very skilled artist. It is beautiful!