Larry Cannon painting on the Sonoma Coast
Larry Cannon painting on the Sonoma Coast

How did you develop your unique style?
Larry Cannon: Largely through finding ways to overcome my early weaknesses as a watercolor painter and finding that my disasters forced me to rely on previously learned painting fundamentals, and to paint more loosely out of my comfort zone. Over time I enjoyed observing the accomplished paintings of many watercolorists but found none that totally suited my vision and ambitions. Hence, I stopped trying to paint like others and stuck to my own personal path.

How do you find inspiration?
Larry Cannon: Through a love of the land and sea of California where one can both see and physically feel the Forces of Nature that are continually altering the landscape. Painting Nature in its multitude of moods coalesced into a passion after viewing an exhibition of watercolors by the early 19th century artist Percy Gray in Carmel-by-the-Sea. From that point on I sought my inspiration from plein air painting along the beautiful California coastline and in her lush valleys and mountains.

To see more of Larry’s work, visit:

watercolor painting of beach scene with large cliff rocks on left side
A Moment in Time: Malibu, Larry Cannon, watercolor, 16 x 20 in; Millennia-old battle as irresistible force meets immovable object, 2019
watercolor painting of cows grazing on farmland with foliage on mountain range in background
Valley of the Moon, Larry Cannon, watercolor, 11 x 14 in; Sonoma Wine Country pastoral valley that Native Americans named Valley of the Moon, 2020


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