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.
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About The Artist
Prior to about 2006 when I began plein air painting, most of my paintings were studio produced works of floral still life or garden subjects. Presently, in addition to botanical motifs, much of my work is the product or by-product of plein air outings, some of it done largely on location, and some of it done in the studio using the plein air work as reference material for larger paintings.
Where I am not able to paint in my travels, I snap photos of interesting sights, and often use these to create paintings back in the studio. I sometimes accept commission work, and have enjoyed creating a number of landscape pieces for clients who have in mind a particular location, sometimes one in vintage family photos, sometimes a place of personal significance.
Bachelor of Science