Salsadarity by John Cannon and Susanna Smith

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John Cannon is a Nashville native, growing up in East Nashville. He graduated from Belmont College with a BA in English in 1974. From 1975 to 1978, he studied art at the University of Tennessee, Nashville. John left art and returned to literature, earning a Master's Degree in Literature from Middle Tennessee State University in 1980. After a brief stint in education, John entered the Nashville School of Law in 1982. He graduated and was admitted to the Tennessee bar in 1985.

Susanna k Smith has a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Tennessee. For twelve years, she was the Creative Director at a NPR/PBS station in Southwest Florida. In 2015, Susanna returned to her hometown of Nashville, TN where she works as a designer.

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John Cannon is a Nashville native, growing up in East Nashville. He graduated from Belmont College with a BA in English in 1974. From 1975 to 1978, he studied art at the University of Tennessee, Nashville. John left art and returned to literature, earning a Master's Degree in Literature from Middle Tennessee State University in 1980. After a brief stint in education, John entered the Nashville School of Law in 1982. He graduated and was admitted to the Tennessee bar in 1985.

Susanna k Smith has a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Tennessee. For twelve years, she was the Creative Director at a NPR/PBS station in Southwest Florida. In 2015, Susanna returned to her hometown of Nashville, TN where she works as a designer.

Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.

Artist Statement

John’s philosophy of art is straightforward: “Painting, the use of color, value and shading, seems to be the best way of all the arts to convey an emotional image to the audience. The expression in color of the artist’s individual impression of a subject is incredibly intimate. Viewing a work of art, in any medium or style, is the most direct way to experience the internal landscape of another human being. Art, therefore, for me, is a visceral sharing experience.” “In this view of art, the artist becomes both the performer and the performance, and the receptive viewer shares the moment’s vision with the artist. Though transient, the shared vision is a complete experience of the human connectedness.” John is now a full time artist, and has moved from the Factory in Franklin to historic Five Points in East Nashville. John has a studio/gallery at The Idea Hatchery, 1108-C Woodland Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37206. The poster, "Salsadarity" was created in collaboration with John's sister-in-law Nashville graphic designer Susanna k Smith. — Susanna Smith