Larry Cannon plein air painting
Larry Cannon: “Life doesn’t get much better than plein air painting on a tall bluff above California’s rugged meeting of land and sea.”

How did you get started and then develop your career?

Larry Cannon: I had one semester of watercolor during my architectural training but did not come back to painting until 30 years later. Once started I was fully immersed in book study and watching David Curtis videos. About the third year in, not knowing better, I entered and was accepted for an All-California All-Media exhibition at the prestigious San Diego Museum of Art juried by Wolf Kahn. After that I joined historical art groups with exceptional painters like LPAPA, the California Art Club and the American Society of Marine where I focused on entering oil-painter dominated museum exhibitions and have been fortunate to have been included in over 30 art museum exhibitions across the U.S.

How did you develop your unique style?

Larry Cannon: I didn’t find my passion for a clear direction until I came across a Robert Wade watercolor how-to book in a Santa Fe used books store. That was followed by the David Curtis videos and then the biggest leap of all was seeing an exhibition of a few dozen Percy Gray’s watercolors in Carmel-by-the-Sea. His strength of composition and tone along with my focus of exhibiting with oil painters led to an emphasis of full-strength watercolors focused on the beautiful meeting of land and sea along the California Coast.

To see more of Larry’s work, visit:

watercolor plein air painting of ocean scene
Larry Cannon, Point Lobos Morning, watercolor on paper, 9 x 12 in, 2021.
watercolor painting of sunset over mountains
Larry Cannon, San Gabriels Sunset, 11 x 14 in, watercolor on paper, 2018.


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