(1936-2012)

Plein Air and Studio Paintings

Since graduating from the School of Visual Arts (New York City) in 1958, Cannas had a distinguished and illustrious professional career producing high-quality paintings, drawings, and illustrations for advertising billboards, magazine articles, promotional posters, school textbooks, book covers, children's books, and design work for major corporate advertising studios (including their charitable programs). He, also, received portrait commissions from the Tennis Hall of Fame. His early apprenticeship with the prestigious Illustrators Group continued to inform Frank's strong sense of professionalism and craft.

He began exhibiting his personal artwork in 1981, showing in national shows and garnering many awards in juried competitions. He has, in addition, been represented by a number of well-established galleries throughout the United States after retiring from his commercial art career in 1997. Painting, both en plein air and in the studio, truly became a pleasurable, fulfilling way of life for the artist.

ASFA currently features a substantial collection of Cannas's beautifully renedred still lifes and has access to additional works, which include landscapes, genere paintings and figurative work. He has been a primary artist with the gallery for over 12 years. We are greatly saddened by his recent death due to illness; we will miss him!

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In 1992 The Artist Magazine featured Frank's work with the cover. He won over 20 awards in nationaly juried exhibitions. He was also a board member of the Hudson Valley Art Association.