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.”

Gallery Exhibitions


London University

UC Berkeley, M.A.

The Academy of Art London




Eight Takes: California Impressionism Group Show, Firehouse Art Center, Pleasanton, CA

 Joy For the Walls, Group Show, The Studio Shop Gallery, Burlingame, CA

Welcome to California, Group Show, Online

Treasures from the Bay Area, Group Show,  Online.


City and Sea, Studio Shop Gallery, Burlingame, CA


107th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, California Art Club, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA

Art Between the Lines,  Peninsula Museum of Art, Burlingame, CA

City Lights, California Art Club, Altadena, CA


Best Buildings, 7th Annual PleinAir Salon

First Prize Overall, 7th Annual PleinAir Salon

Third Prize Overall, 7th Annual PleinAir Salon

Grand Prize Winner:  The Art List,  Artist of the Month

Home, Whitney Modern,  Los Gatos, CA

National Oil & Acrylics Painters’ Society (NOAPS), Spring International Online Exhibition.


Engaged, Studio Shop Gallery, Burlingame, CA


Northern California Light: Group Show of the California Art Club, Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco, CA

12th Annual National Exhibition, American Impressionist Society Mountainsong Gallery, Carmel, CA


Treasures of the East Bay: Paintings by Local Artists, A Centennial Exhibition of the California Art Club, Oakland, CA


Plein Air Festival, San Luis Obispo, CA




Boldbrush Painting Competition, Best of show


Boldbrush Painting Competition: Oct., Sept., Aug. FAV 15%

First Place: Los Gatos Art Association Members Juried Show, CA

National Finalist: Ist Plein Air Magazine Salon, May/June

Second place: Pacific Art League Scapes, Juried Show, Palo Alto, CA


Best in Show: Los Gatos Plein Air,  CA


First Place, Los Gatos Art Association Annual Open Juried Show, CA

First Place, Menlo College Plein Air Paintout, CA

The Frank Bette Award, Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout

Second Place, Small Works Exhibition, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA

Honorable Mention, Quick Draw Event, Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout


Best in Show, Society of Western Artists, 58th Annual Exhibition

The Richeson 75: Figure/Portrait Competition, Kimberly, WI

Artist’s Choice Award, Honorable Mention Jewel by the Bay Quick Draw Award

Merit Award, 3rd Annual Frank Bette Plein Air Paint out, Alameda, CA 



Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Palo Alto, CA