UUCMP Artist – Richard Cannon

Show Title: “Macroflora—An Inward Look”
Dates: March 30, 2024 to May 31, 2024
Reception: April 13, 2024, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Artist’s Statement:

All of the photos in this exhibition were taken in 2021, near the height of the Covid pandemic. Not much good can be said about the pandemic, save for the fact that the forced isolation created a lot of time for introspection. During those days, the age-old maxim, “it’s the little things in life that matter,” suddenly took on more meaning and importance for me. This led to looking more closely at “the little things” around me, and I began to appreciate certain attributes that had previously gone unnoticed. I was particularly drawn to wild grasses, grass seeds, flowers and other flora, and through my camera, I discovered many surprisingly beautiful colors, shapes and patterns. I’m grateful for this opportunity to share the elegant, delightful, intriguing and sometimes mysterious ways in which the Life Force continually expresses itself.

Richard Cannon
March 2024

Richard Cannon Biography

I was born in San Jose, CA in 1946. While growing up during the 1950s, the Santa Clara Valley was still very agricultural, and even though my family lived in the city, there were plenty of opportunities to engage with nature. As kids, my friends and I spent many wonderful days exploring nature, wandering along Coyote Creek and going fishing at the nearby lakes and streams. This appreciation of nature has stayed with me all of my adult life and influences my photography immensely.

Along the way, I attended San Jose City College, and eventually received a BA and MA in behavioral science from San Jose State University.

I served in the US Army from 1966-68 and spent most of my career at Lockheed Martin in human resources management.

Upon retirement in 2004, my wife, Bette, and I moved to the Monterey Peninsula where I became involved in the arts community. I am a member of the ImageMakers of Monterey and have served on the boards of the Center for Photographic Art and the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts.

My photographs have been exhibited in a number of galleries, including the Avery Gallery, the Monterey Convention Center, the Triton Museum, the Carmel Foundation, the Center for Photographic Art, the Pacific Grove Art Center, the Carl Cherry, and the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts. Several of my images are also on permanent display at the Community Hospital of Monterey.