James Canning began creating and selling art at age 15. He exhibited extensively when younger - paintings, etchings, photographs and drawings, at a number of venues. He worked as an assistant in the art department of De Anza College in the Bay Area and has been a professor in Visual Arts at Folsom Lake College. He owns and operates Belle Photography, a portrait and wedding photography studio in El Dorado Hills. He has exhibited his work at Folsom Lake College, and at the El Dorado Hills Art Affaire.
James has always enjoyed photography and began creatively modifying his photographs long before Photoshop was invented. He discovered early on that patterns within nature are not only beautiful by themselves, but suggest structures and shapes that evoke other worlds as well. He begins a piece using found objects, textures, and color patterns, and then begins layering photos of those materials that combine in ways that intrigue, suggest, and confound. Once a theme presents itself, additional materials are created or located, and then photographed for addition. Careful blending, recoloring, reshaping, etc. are accomplished on the computer to produce the final piece, which is rendered using dye infusion on metal.
More of James' work can be viewed at www.jamescanningart.com, and you may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org