Featured Artist Holly Cannon

Pastel artist Holly Cannon captures the essence of her wildlife subjects in detailed, realistic portraits. Visit her website to see more of her portfolio.


pastel of a zebra by Holly Cannon

“A Moment of Solace” pastel on velour, 14″ x 22″


I have always loved to draw and paint.  Art class was my favorite class and all of my notebooks were covered in drawings. I earned a communications degree with a minor in art from Florida International University as an avenue to use my passion and not be a “starving artist”.


pastel of orcas by Holly Cannon

“A Mother’s Love” pastel on pastelmat, 20″ x 16″


I’m fortunate to have a wonderful husband and five adult kids and a dog. We also owned and ran a horse breeding farm along the way, so I didn’t have much time for my art, but my heart always longed to paint again.


pastel of a giraffe by Holly Cannon

“An African Beauty” pastel on velour, 14″ x 12″


Several years ago, after a long hiatus, I once more found my paintbrush while recuperating from hip surgery. I instantly found my happy place again. I attended a workshop with my friend and mentor, Lesley Harrison, and was introduced to the medium of pastels and absolutely love them!


pastel of a Monarch butterfly by Holly Cannon

“Birthday Beauty” pastel on pastelmat, 14″ x 12″


I was amazed at the depth and realism I could achieve with pastels and found a great local teacher who helps me get unstuck from all of my paintings when needed.


pastel of a macaw by Holly Cannon

“Preening” pastel on velour, 16″ x 22″


I am a wildlife photographer as well and try to achieve a photorealistic look in each of my paintings. My highest compliments are when people tell me they can’t tell the difference between my art and a photograph.


pastel of a dolphin by Holly Cannon

“A Curious Look” pastel on pastelmat, 15″ x 14″


I usually begin with the eyes in most of my paintings. They guide and watch over me while I’m creating my works. I truly believe eyes are the windows to animals’ souls. With each painting, I am trying to capture the soul of the animal on paper.


pastel of a zebra by Holly Cannon

“A Look Back” pastel on velour, 16″ x 13″


My love for animals and nature comes from my deep faith. I believe God has given us a beautiful planet, full of amazing creatures for us to enjoy and care for. I love sharing my paintings of them with the world.


pastel of a tiger by Holly Cannon

“Chillin'” pastel on velour, 22″ x 16″


My passion is and has always been painting, but my true love is my faith and family—my husband and our five kids, their spouses and my grandson. In them I find my greatest joy.


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