The Source of Inspiration

Cathy Carey has a lot of experience that influences her artwork, and there are many things she has learned that influence her style. But today we can solve the mystery of where the influence for artwork comes from! If you’d like to see a recent video made of her inspiration you can check it out, here. Or click this image to view: Assistant of Cathy Carey, Cass ________________________________________________ If you have any questions, comments, ideas or want to commission a p

Escondido Municipal Contemporary Realism Show

If you haven’t attended the Escondido Municipal Gallery’s show of Contemporary Realism yet, you still have time! The show is there for viewing from May 13th till June 4th, 2016. Cathy Carey’s painting of “Somebody New to Love” (Above) was chosen as first place in the Contemporary Realism show, and is there if you want to see it in person. By going you are not only supporting Cathy Carey, but also 30 other regional artists selected to be in the show! Assistant of Cathy Carey,

Great News !

We were waiting for the news, and we’ve got it! Cathy will be showing in the San Diego County fair this year and we are so excited. The paintings being displayed are Swami’s Agave, Palm Springs Poolside(Right), White Rabbit in Wonderland – Arizona Jack, and Living in the Golden Present! White Rabbit in Wonderland – Arizona Jack by Cathy Carey 40 x 30 oil $2820 framed Swami’s Agave by Cathy Carey 30 x 30 oil $2470 framed Palm Springs Poolside (right) by Cathy Carey 20 x 24 oil

New Paintings from April!

The month of May begins and the month of April is gone, but we have some new paintings to show for it! If you were at the Art Studio Tour you got the chance to see these fresh of the easel in person. But if you didn’t get the chance, here they are below! “Madison” Oil on Linen 16 x 20 $1,050 unframed $1,170 framed “Valley of Ten Peaks” Oil on Linen 20 x 24 $1,300 unframed $1,420 framed “Spirit Island” Oil on Linen 20 x 24 $1,300 unframed $1,420 framed “Broken Hills Trail Torr


If you were eyeing “Evening Song”, or “Chamisa Dance on the Mesa” it’s sold! But not to worry, I’m working on 5 new paintings right now and they will be here on display in just a few short weeks! If you haven’t seen these paintings before, they are below! Painting by Cathy Carey 2015© “Evening Song” Oil on linen 24″ x 20″ Painting by Cathy Carey 2015© “Chamisa Dance on the Mesa” Oil on linen 24″ x 20″ Thank you all for your continued support! If you have any ideas or want to

August Paintings!

Just in time for the beginning of a new month, here are the paintings for August. I am currently working on Septembers paintings now! Traveler by Cathy Carey 2015© Oil on linen 30″ x 24″ $1800 unframed $1950 framed The magical Sonoran desert of Tucson, AZ is the scene of this painting of Jack Rabbit on the move! I love the ears and feet on Jack rabbits, so when I draw them using a blind contour technique, they always come out with a little extra personality! This white jack r

La Playa Gallery Paintings

If you are local of La Jolla, or just like viewing paintings, make sure to stop by the La Playa Gallery to check out some of the paintings I have located there. Looking at them on the computer isn’t exactly the same, but you can get a small look at them below! Painting by Cathy Carey 2015© “Desert Night Music” Oil 24″ x 30″ $1800 framed $1650 unframed I have painted this scene of La Quinta out in the desert at night, several times. I like to see how my style changes and to ad

Coastal California Views from the Pacific Surfliner Train Part Two

Part two of my trip to Paso Robles from Solana Beach! In this watercolor we were passing an open space between cities. The scene is looking up a mountain, and the sky was very blue and beautiful! Watercolors by Cathy Carey 2015© I wanted to do a watercolor of this because the yellow flowers were blooming and they were so beautiful to look at! Watercolors by Cathy Carey 2015© An interesting thing about this watercolor is that the agaves were just beginning to bloom as well! It

Encinitas City Hall features “Vivid Views” paintings by Cathy Carey

Encinitas, CA – Reception June 12th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Cathy Carey show Vivid Views at Encinitas City Hall show runs May 8 – July 2, 2015 At the “Vivid Views” show, Cathy Carey will be displaying works from several series of colorful California scenes. The reception will be June 12 from 5 to 7PM. Her current series includes native animals like owls, bobcats, quail, coyotes and fox, many of which she has seen on her one acre property on a high hill overlooking Lake Hodges

Succulent Paintings of my Garden

I’ve painted many pictures of my succulent garden, these feature a coyote that lives on the hill. At night I hear, the coyote family singing to the moon. Songs of the Good Earth 30×30 Oil Painting by Cathy Carey ©2015 Love the Good Earth 30×30 Oil Painting by Cathy Carey ©2015 Desert Night Music by Cathy Carey ©2014 Another place I love to do paintings of is La Quinta, out in palm desert. This painting shows a night scene of the succulent and cactus garden with a dangling Epi

Agave Paintings by Cathy Carey

My garden in Southern California where the drought has made itself a home, used to be lush with Mediterranean flowering plants! Once we started water rationing, I redid my hilltop garden to be a succulent haven. I have Agave, Aloe, and every kind of succulent you can imagine! Avian Observatory 20 x 24 oil by Cathy Carey ©2015 End of the Century 30 x 40 by Cathy Carey ©2014 Coyote Joy close up – 36 x 36 oil painting by Cathy Carey While I was designing the garden, I imagined w

The Expressive Color Paintings of Cathy Carey

I have been creating my style from many different elements. I have been inspired by Monet, Matisse, and Van Gogh. If you look at my paintings, can you see these influences? Ocean View – Matisse Windows Series by Cathy Carey ©2014 Surf Sup oil by Cathy Carey ©2015 Songs of the Good Earth by Cathy Carey ©2014 Another aspect of my style, is the way I do the drawing stage. I fill sketchbooks with blind and modified contour drawings, then scan them into my computer and create a co

Colorful Landscape Paintings by Cathy Carey

Take a colorful trip from my garden outside San Diego to Santa Fe and back to the desert of California in Rancho Mirage! The first two scenes below are in the garden I built on top of a hill in Escondido, CA. Runaway Day oil by Cathy Carey This scene above is looking towards the east – the back country. Avian Observatory 20 x 24 oil by Cathy Carey ©2015 Looking west, you can see the Elfin Forest hills and beautiful sunsets. Swami’s Agave 30 x 30 oil painting by Cathy Carey ©2

Fresh from the Easel

I have an Open Studio Tour coming up this weekend and these are the newest paintings to come off the easel – just in time! If you are in the Southern California area come on by! 2014 spring studio tour New Paintings from April 2014 Golden Moon Walk 16 x 20 oil by Cathy Carey ©2014 Coyote Joy 36 x 36 oil by Cathy Carey ©2014 Coyote Night in the Elfin Forest 24 x 30 oil by Cathy Carey ©2014 The River Between Worlds 24 x 30 oil by Cathy Carey ©2014 http://www.artstudiosandiego.c

New Coyote Paintings

I’ve been working on a subject series within a series for the last few months. While doing the Agave series, I focused on my own succulent agave garden. I am in the process of re-doing the garden on our hill, and have been “painting with plants” in the garden, and then doing sketches, and then doing large oil paintings. succulent garden p.20 succulent garden p.19 Then after an experience of seeing a coyote on the hill in the garden I started adding coyote’s to the garden pain

Cathy Carey Studio Garden Tour to Benefit Escondido Humane Society

Saturday, April 26, and Sunday April 27, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Runaway Day oil by Cathy Carey Enjoy an opportunity to meet  Cathy, view her latest work, stroll the beautiful gardens and support the animals at the Escondido Humane Society. The events of the day will also offer delicious appetizers and tasty beverages. A suggested donation of $10 will go directly to support the Escondido Humane Society. In thanks for the communities support of this event, everyone who do

Glen Ivy and Borrego Desert

Glen Ivy Borrego p1.jpg Glen Ivy and Borrego Desert are inspirational spots for me,  where I can be in the quiet and see the palms sway, without being too far from home. There are so many different shapes, sizes and colors to draw from. Each one tells a story. Glen Ivy Borrego p14.jpg Glen Ivy Borrego p13.jpg Glen Ivy Borrego p12.jpg As well as the myriad of palms there are so many cactus, agave and succulents in the desert to keep my imagination busy. Glen Ivy Borrego

Huntington Gardens Collage & Watercolor Sketchbook 2009

Huntington Garden 2009 – April 2009 p 2 For our anniversary in 2009, Brian and I got a really fun new camera. He was going to use it to take pictures of  nebulas on his telescope and I was going to get my paintings photographed professionally without the professional cost. Huntington Garden 2009 – Iris Profusion p 3 We decided to go to the Huntington Gardens to try out the new toy, and I made this sketchbook from a combination of photos, collage and watercolor. I made paper f

On the Easel – January 2014

The fall was a slow time to get a lot done on my paintings. I started a few and worked as much as I could but remodeling a condo took the best part of the day away. So I was delighted when in January I was finally able to devote some real time to work. Here are some in progress pieces that will finalize next week. Some of them are shown with the under painting still visible, and some are close to being done. The Duck Pond – started from drawings and paintings I did in the des

Moon Dance Agave on the easel

I was working on the finishing touches of this painting today and looking around my studio thought it all looked so colorful and hard working. So here is what’s On the Easel today. Moon Dance Agave by Cathy Carey Whats on the Easel #art #artstudio #VisualArt #Agave #Painting #Color