A fifth-generation Californian originally from Palo Alto, Nick Cann has been drawing as long as he can remember. Schooled at San Jose State University, the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, and the Art Center in Los Angeles, Cann has called Napa ‘home’ for more than 20 years. “My wife and I love Napa,” said Cann.
“I have met fantastic artists here.” His vibrant, commissioned illustrations, the artistic inspirations which depict fantasy architecture and people, grace the walls of hotels, airports, department stores, and restaurants across America. Locally, his work can be found at Artists of the Valley gallery on 1st St. in downtown Napa. He also works with Erin Martin Design in St. Helena, and he is doing some commissions for the Bald Mountain development in Calistoga. His storied career includes work as a set illustrator for MGM studios. As a freelancer, he created spot illustrations for the London Times and album covers for Blossom Dearie. He’s created everything from television set designs, to wedding invitations, to marketing posters, and today, he finds great joy in illustrating children’s books written by his daughter. Ten years ago, a friend suggested he work with kids. “I laughed,” said Cann. “Me? Well, now it is a passion. I see so many gifted young artists. Working with young people was a great discovery.” Cann welcomes commissions of any type. “I plan on drawing as long as my eyes and hands will allow it!”
Article By: Fran Miller