Evening on the Verde
Like the Hudson River School painters, McCarthy's paintings are based on an experiential relationship to the nature he depicts. He eschews the usual tourist sites and instead ventures into places where less adventurous souls fear to tread, climbing down to the water-splashed base of a Yellowstone waterfall, hiking above a mountain tree-line, or "seeing the wave action of a kelp bed by swimming out to it through heavy surf . . . " This authenticity drew the attention of gallery owner Allan Husberg who spotted his work on a restaurant wall and subsequently gave McCarthy his first show.