Artist Gallery: Naoko Kanno-Nagl

Naoko was born in Fukushima, Japan and moved to the United States in 2002. She received an MBA in Finance from Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA. After this Naoko worked at financial services companies and a pharmaceutical company in the Philadelphia area.

Naoko became interested in painting in watercolor after she took a landscape painting class at Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA. She attended the class for 5 years and learned “Plein Air” style watercolor painting from the same teacher, Mary Beaumont. Her enthusiasm in art grew stronger as she developed her painting skills in the class. As it turned out, painting became more than just a weekend hobby. Beautiful nature landscape and her dearest twin tabby cats are a great inspiration in her art.

Due to her husband’s job she moved to Franklin, Massachusetts early in 2013. She became an artist member of Rhode Island Watercolor Society (RIWS) at the end of 2013 and started exhibiting her paintings in juried shows at the RIWS gallery and other local galleries. Her paintings can also be seen on her blog ( and her Facebook page (

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