Entitled Sonoma Beach, CA,
this late 20th century watercolor on paper abstracted coastal seascape is by Bay Area artist Alysanne McGaffey (1931-2018). Born in Seattle, McGaffey moved to San Francisco in the mid 1950s to study at SFAI with Bay Area Figurative pioneers Joan Brown, Nathan Oliveira, Jay DeFeo, Walter Kuhlman, and Manuel Neri. McGaffey also took classes at CCAC and UC Berkeley, and received an MFA in Painting from the University of San Francisco. She became involved in community arts organizations, holding offices in several, including the Coastal Arts League and Pacifica's Cultural Arts Commission. Eventually McGaffey's gaze moved from the figure to the landscape, and she spent the last thirty years traveling the Northern California coast painting watercolor seascapes.
Late 20th Century
Watercolor on Paper
25"x21" framed, 16"x12.25" unframed
Signed lower right. Excellent vintage condition. Framed in a contemporary wood frame with a hammered silver face and silver sides using white 8-ply matting behind clear conservation glass.