Carole Rafferty

Top of the Hill, Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches

Top of the Hill

Acrylic On Canvas 

24 x 30 inches

Side Street, Oil on panel, 24 x 12 inches

Side Street 

Oil On Panel

24 x 12 inches

Looking to the East, Oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches

Looking to the East

Oil On Canvas

36 x 36 inches

Downtown From the Mission, Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

Downtown From the Mission

Oil On Canvas 

 30 x 40 inches

Street Corner 2 by Carole Rafferty, Acrylic On Canvas 36 x 48 inches

Street Corner 2

Acrylic On Canvas 

36 x 48 inches

Last Light Russian Hill, Oil on canvas, 12 x 12 inches

Last Light Russian Hill

Oil On Canvas 

12 x 12 inches SOLD

Church Street, Oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches

 Church Street

Oil On Canvas 

20 x 24 inches

Out in the Avenues, Oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches

Out in the Avenues

Oil On Canvas 

48 x 60 inches

Across Town, Oil on panel, 36 x 48 inches

Across Town

Oil  On Panel 

36 x 48 inches

Quiet Evening Big Sur, Oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches

Quiet Evening Big Sur

Oil On Canvas

40 x 60 inches

Downtown Blue, Oil on canvas, 24 x 25 inches

 Downtown Blue

Oil On Canvas 

24 x 25 inches

Haight and Lyon, Oil on canvas,

Haight and Lyon 

Oil On Canvas 

16 x 12 inches

Carole Rafferty is a contemporary California landscape painter who specializes in urban and architectural scenes.  Her paintings portray her emotional response to the complex energy of city life. Through bold line and brush strokes and a vivid interplay of light and shadow, Rafferty’s paintings exhibit the vibrancy of the urban experience.

Rafferty graduated from London University and then moved to California where she studied at UC Berkeley and received an M.A.  She attended the Academy of Art in London and has had group shows in both the U.S. and the UK.  She has won many awards for her work which is in private collections across the U.S. and Europe.


The complexity of rendering a city is a constant inspiration, especially San Francisco where the light routinely changes- often within the space of a few seconds- from bright and vibrant colors to a spectrum of ethereal grays. These fleeting moments make the mood and atmosphere of San Francisco unmistakable and also a great artistic challenge.