Please check out Justin’s Etsy Shop full of creative, colorful and whimsical Children’s Wall art on Ready-to-Hang, gallery quality, stretched canvas!
Justin recently spoke at the Montclair Art Museum at an Arts and Wellness conference. Please read what attendee, Dar Hosta, an artist and art therapist, posted on her blog about Justin. It is beyond awesome!
Courtesy of the McCarton Foundation there is fabulous display of Justin’s artwork at the Port Authority including 2 huge blown up prints of his awe inspiring composition book, never exhibited before!
The DLC is an amazing program with incredibly hard working students, and dedicated, caring teachers and therapists. The money raised will go towards:
1) the most current specialized training seminars for DLC parents and staff2) effective and fun programming for DLC students3) the best equipment and educational tools for both DLC therapists and special education teachers to use in their classrooms4) helping incredibly talented, Montclair based, Autistic Illustrator, Justin Canha, reach his goal of living and supporting himself independently
Since the release of the New York Times article Justin has set out exploring some exciting new opportunities. While he continues to work at Gencarelli’s Bakery and at the local library he has also begun partnering with Dani Bowman, a 17 year old with autism who has her own animation studio. Working with Dani is helping Justin to develop his talents while at the same time giving Dani the leadership and management experience that she will need to manage her own business. Though Justin lives in Montclair, NJ and Dani lives in Los Angeles, they are learning to collaborate using video conferencing interspersed with face to face visits.
Justin also recently completed a course in storyboarding at the School of Visual Arts in New York City under the guidance of Irra Verbitsky. He is looking for a mentor to help develop his talents and integrate him into the professional animation community.
Since the publication of the New York Times article we have been asked many times if Justin has considered illustrating books. In fact, he has illustrated a few, all in watercolor. We have decided to share some scans from these books in the new illustrations section of the site. Enjoy!