Born and raised in Sonoma County (Northern California), Frank Gannon has been drawing since early childhood. By the age of ten he was earning money drawing portraits and illustrating college reports. He has been earning his entire living from art since 1973, when he began his art career as a portrait painter on San Francisco's Fisherman's Warf. Since then (1973) he has been painting full time. Gannon has been living in a stunningly beautiful part of the world, dubbed by his painter friends from the East Coast "landscape painter heaven"! He grew up, loving the curvaceous slopes of the California landscape. "So many Hills, so little Time."

Gannon studied Art at Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University, where he took his AA and BA degrees, but his major art training came from studying for eight summers with master colorist Henry Hensche at the Cape School of Art in Provincetown, Masscachusetts. He also studied Figure painting with renowned protrait painter Cedric Egeli.

In addition to landscape painting, Gannon paints still life, portraits and figures. He continues to have close contact with other painters throughout the country, periodically getting together for "painting marathons". He also teaches painting workshops and is one of a limited number of artists accredited by the Henry Hensche Foundation to teach color.

Gannon has won numerous awards for his work and is represented in collections around the world.


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