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Looking Down on Skagit River Flats
20th Century Watercolor


Alysanne McGaffey

Entitled Looking Down on Skagit River Flats, this late 20th century watercolor on paper 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 
9"x12" unframed 

Signed lower right. Excellent vintage condition. Snohomish County.