Sausalito - Abstract Artist Don McCartney

San Francisco Bay Area Abstract Artist


Don McCartney, Artist


Don has been painting vivid watercolors using luminous ink-like transparent dyes and reproducing his work digitally. Recently, his work has focused on capturing the minute abstract vistas and patterns created when water and pigment do their wet-dry dance on archival paper.

Finished pieces are reproduced in sizes ranging from 16"x 20" to 4'x 6'. Some of these watercolors have become integrated into his "Money Series", a digital collage project monumentalizing aspects of the graphics found on everyday currency. When reproduced in larger than life scale these prints have a startlingly bold graphic presence with delightful color.

 Don was educated at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL and graduated in 1968 with honors and a A.A. in Commercial Design. After a year at a design studio in St. Louis, MO, he moved to the Bay Area and started his publishing career in the art department of Rolling Stone magazine.

This lead to: Art Director, Clear Creek magazine, Art Director, Francis Ford Coppola’s City magazine and U.C. Berkeley’s Alumni magazine, California Monthly, Senior Designer, Art Director and Design Director at the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle for 25 years, where he received more than 50 awards of excellence for his design work.

McCartney runs his own company, Diablo Graphic Design, where his clients range from ballet (Company C Contemporary Ballet) to booze (The American Distilling Institute) and beyond. He makes clients look their best in print, while continuing his fine art projects.

Don has taught classes in watercolor at EB/A Ecole d'Art, San Francisco, publication design at San Francisco State University and the Academy of Art, San Francisco.



Marin Arts Council

Ringling College of Art & Design Alumni Association



San Francisco Ecology Center, San Francisco, CA - Pen & Ink wash illustrations with watercolor, Tuolumne River Series, San Francisco Examiner

 Pierre Bonnafont Gallery, San Francisco, CA - Original drawings from Southern France

EBA Ecole d'Art, San Francisco, CA - Original watercolors from Southern France

 Art Brokers Inc., Sausalito, CA - Watercolor reproductions

Contra Costa Ballet Centre, Walnut Creek, CA - Fine Art digital reproductions, watercolor.

Contra Costa Ballet Centre, Walnut Creek, CA

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