Hiroko Cannon began her art career as a commercial and graphic illustrator working for major department store corporations in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan. The fast, demanding work required consummate skill, attention to detail, and an ability to change and adapt with each day’s assignment.
In the evenings, Cannon, whose high school and university education focused on art, studied under the noted Japanese fashion and figurative illustrator, Setsu Nagasawa, who encouraged his students to capture movement and motion.
Upon emigrating to the U.S. in the mid-1980s, Cannon continued her illustrative work for Japanese periodicals on a freelance basis, at the same time absorbing and becoming conscious of the quiet, peaceful beauty of her new home in Pendleton, OR.
A request for a commissioned auction artwork for Blue Mountain Wildlife Rescue resulted in a sudden, yet welcome, turn in Cannon’s artistic direction. Public reaction to the piece was so overwhelmingly positive, that Cannon found herself inundated with requests for similar work, and she now devotes her time, attention, and skill to rendering the birds, flora, insects, and small animals of the rural Pacific Northwest and beyond.
She sells her work as originals, fine art prints, and greeting cards.