Dr. James "Booker" Preston had been practicing podiatry in Orange County for many years when he decided he needed a venue for artistic expression. After buying a hand-held carving tool at a local Home Show in Anaheim, he was introduced to gourd carving at the International Gourd Festival at Welburn Gourd Farm in Fallbrook, CA.
Gourd carving necessitated a different set of skills than he was familiar with, and the Santiago Canyon College Adult Continuing Education Program offered at the Orange Education Center, came to the rescue. In order to jury into fine arts show, quality photos of his work had to be provided. The Photography and Photoshop classes at SCC Orange Education Center, and the invaluable guidance and tutelage of John C. Haverstick, his instructor, were a terrific resource and have enabled Booker to successfully promote his work in the renowned Kimball Arts Festival in Park City, Utah, and the Sun Valley Arts Festival in Ketchum, Idaho.
Booker is now an award-winning gourd artist and photographer. His work has shown for the last two years at the Laguna Beach Art-A-Fair, held each summer from June through August. His fine art automotive photography was also juried into the Art-A-Fair this year and will be on display along side his award-winning gourd carving this summer (www.art-a-fair.com).