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Sand Dunes
20th Century Watercolor


Alysanne McGaffey

Entitled Sand Dunes, 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
21"x17" framed, 14"x10.25" unframed

Signed lower right. Sonoma County, California. Excellent vintage condition. Framed in a contemporary solid-maple wood frame using archival matting behind conservation clear glass.