Catherine McCargar
Walnut Creek, California

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.
Discover Original Art by Catherine McCargar | Carefree watercolor painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Carefree
11" x 15" , watercolor painting
$575

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

Coastal Stage Stop in San Gregorio
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$650


Pajaro Dunes Afternoon
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$650

Pajaro Dunes
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$650

Family Gathering
20" x 27.5" , watercolor painting
$1,625


California Wine Country
14" x 20" , watercolor painting
$950

Discover Original Art by Catherine McCargar | Pears and Blossoms at Giverny watercolor painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Pears and Blossoms at Giverny
14" x 20" , watercolor painting
$950

Bouquet in Blue Vase
12" x 12" , acrylic painting
$650


Sunshine on a Cloudy Day
12" x 12" , acrylic painting
$650

Alley View
16" x 12" , acrylic painting
$750

With a View to the Water
12" x 16" , acrylic painting
$750


In View
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$575

Girasoli nel Giardino
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$575

Coastal Lagoon
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$575


Waterlilies
20" x 20" , acrylic painting
$1,350

Summer
16" x 20" , acrylic painting
$1,075

Los Vaqueros
14" x 20" , watercolor painting
$950


Oasis
18" x 24" , watercolor painting
$1,525

Mt. Diablo Across the Pond
10" x 14" , watercolor painting
$525

Path to Castle Rock, II
18" x 24" , watercolor painting
$1,400


Tranquil
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$650

Kauai
19" x 14" , watercolor painting
$900

Breaking Through
14" x 20" , watercolor painting
$950


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

Discover Original Art by Catherine McCargar | Splendor watercolor painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Splendor
18" x 24" , watercolor painting
$1,850

Early Light
14" x 20" , watercolor painting
$875


Easing into Winter
11" x 15" , watercolor painting
$575

Sonoma Farm
10" x 14" , watercolor painting
$475

Silver and Gold at Ardenwood
10.25" x 14.5" , watercolor painting
$525


Under the Pepper Tree
9" x 12" , watercolor painting
$425

Coastal Cottages
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$675

Afternoon on the Noyo
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$650


Sugarloaf Hills, Summer
11" x 15" , watercolor painting
$475

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

Floating Lilypads II
4" x 4" , acrylic painting
$75

Waterlilies and Willows
4" x 4" , acrylic painting
$75


Waterlilies and Willows II
4" x 4" , acrylic painting
$75

Lilypads
4" x 4" , acrylic painting
$75

Pond Princesses
4" x 4" , acrylic painting
$75


Pond Boat under Willows
4" x 4" , acrylic painting
$75

Monet's Garden
4" x 4" , acrylic painting
$75


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Monet Morning
4" x 4" , acrylic painting
$75

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Pond Boat, Giverny
4" x 4" , acrylic painting
$75

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Floating Lilypads
4" x 4" , acrylic painting
$75


Lily Pond
12" x 12" , acrylic painting
$475

Mountain Villa
18" x 24" , watercolor painting
$1,625

Olive Branch
20" x 14" , watercolor painting
$875


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

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

Delicate Balance
12" x 16" , watercolor painting
$650


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

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

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

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

Llama
12" x 12" , acrylic painting
$475


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


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

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


Inquire or Comment about Catherine's Work


Catherine McCargar 5/21/2019 | 1:25 AM

Very excited to report that my painting, "Barn and Beavertails" was selected by jurist Timothy Horn to be the 3rd Place winner in "Around and About Diablo" currently on display at Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA. It is a beautiful show (see last post).

Catherine McCargar 5/8/2019 | 5:49 PM

Heads up for local art viewing: Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA, is hosting an exhibit called "Around and About Diablo," presenting 36 paintings of Mt. Diablo and its surrounding area. Juror of the competition, and nationally acclaimed painter of the California landscape, Timothy Horn, selected two of my paintings to be included in the exhibit, along with those of 29 other artists. All are invited to the Opening Reception on Sunday, May 19th, 1-4 PM. I will be there during that time, and would love to meet you there in person. The show runs from May 18- June 29.

Catherine McCargar 10/8/2018 | 9:29 PM

Don, Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. I am so pleased that you are enjoying my paintings! Hope your remodel finishes up nicely...it is always such a great effort, and often, I think, more difficult than one imagines at the beginning. Good for you and your wife to be in the final stages! All my best wishes to you to find the perfect piece or pieces for your home's new look! Since your home is also in Walnut Creek, check out our local Valley Art Gallery's current show, "Art's Up." Several of my watercolors are on display there now. Cheers!

D Eng 10/8/2018 | 7:42 PM

Catherine, my wife and I are finalizing a year-long home remodel and currently searching for art to complement our wall colors and furniture, or the other way around! We have been scanning the UGallery site for ideas and happily discovered your gorgeous work! So beautiful! And it was particularly delightful to find we live in the same city! Keep up the incredible work!

Catherine McCargar 5/31/2018 | 4:15 PM

Hi Tina, I have a new painting, "Tending the Garden at Blake House, Kensington," on display now at Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek. It was selected to be part of the juried show, "Bay Area Life 2018", that is currently being exhibited there. In addition I have several other paintings that can be seen at that gallery. My blog site should keep you posted, cmccargarwatercolor.blogspot.com. Thank you so much for your interest in my work. It brings a smile to my face.

commentsOasis
T Tuma 5/31/2018 | 3:08 PM

Will you be displaying your work at any upcoming events in the East Bay?

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!