Cason Rankin


I create paintings of figures and faces. This can be either people or wildlife. The emotional impact of a portrait is just as essential as the image. It’s very important for me to convey the intensity of what the person or animal is feeling in a single moment in time.

For me, life and art are the same.  I can’t separate the two. When I’m painting or drawing someone I feel like I touch their soul. It’s a very humbling experience when I get the image exactly right because it’s as if the essence of that person actually enters the room.” 

Cason moved to Asheville NC from Florida two years ago to open a full-time studio-gallery in the River Arts District at NorthLight Studios.

Cason is represented in North Carolina by 7 Sisters Gallery in Black Mountain, Seasons Gallery at the Grove Park Inn, the Cindy Saadeh Gallery in Kingsport, TN and Horizon Fine Art Gallery in Jackson, WY. 

Cason is a full-time working artist in the Asheville’s River Arts District, with a studio and gallery at NorthLight Studios on Depot Street. 

Signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. 

Served on the Board of Directors of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and the Florida Watercolor Society. 

Included in the Watercolor Artist Magazine December 2016 edition “Ones to Watch”. In 2014 I was selected to be included in Northlights book Art Journey Portraits and Figures. In 2013 I was published in Northlights book Strokes of Genius 5 and in 2010 I was featured in American Artists Magazine special edition “Best of Watercolor”. 

She has participated in numerous national and international shows including the National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Florida Watercolor Society Exhibition and the International Miniature Art Society Show. I also was featured in the National Watercolor Society traveling exhibition and have received awards in numerous national and state exhibitions.