McCarty is known for her evanescent watercolors that evoke the impermanence of nature and humanity. She captures fleeting moments in time with fluid renderings of faces and figures, plants and flowers and domestic and wild animals, all are an intuitive response to the everchanging world around her.  Adolescents become adults, nature relentlessly cycles through the seasons, blooming, fading and blooming again.  McCarty’s process endeavors to create a delicate balance between realism and abstraction. She works quickly, embracing the transparency of the medium, often creating and losing images within seconds.
McCarty’s work is in multiple private and public collections including The Museum of Modern Art New York; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii and The Microsoft Collection, Seattle, WA.  She has shown her work widely in the United States and abroad including Project, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA; Watercolor, Griffin Fine Art, London, UK; Eve, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CA; Elective Affinities, Fundacao Carmona e Costa, Lisbon, Portugal; Now, at the Dominique Fiat Galerie, Paris, France; Liquid Los Angeles, Contemporary Watercolor Painting, Pasadena Museum of Art, Pasadena, CA; and Contemporary Erotic Drawing, The Aldrich Museum of Art, Ridgefield, CT. McCarty holds an MFA from UCLA, Los Angles and BFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. She lives and works in Los Angeles and New York City.