Leadership

 
 
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David Riccio

David is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). He currently serves on the board of the Northeast chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology (APT), and is a trustee for the IUPAT: District Council No.11 Health Fund.

David is an integral part of the John Canning Co. He has been a visionary leader for the entire Canning team for more than 20 years.

He is an industry-recognized expert on historic flat and ornamental plaster as well as decorative painting techniques, gilding, and glazing and has developed multiple innovative solutions for complex restoration conditions.

David established Canning’s on-site, historic preservation painting studio, and expanded the company's specialty contracting capabilities so that the Canning standards could be applied to all preservation disciplines and project management pertinent to the historic restoration projects.

His planning and project management skills keep projects on track and on budget. David has overseen large-scale projects such as the Virginia State Capitol, the Pennsylvania State Capitol, Radio City Music Hall, and the War Memorial Opera in San Francisco. Many of the projects that he has been involved in have received national awards. 


 
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John Canning

John is an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) – the only decorative painter in North America to be so honored. He is also an honorary member of the prestigious American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).

John is the leading authority in the United States on traditional decorative painting techniques and materials and historic color palettes. He studied in Glasgow, Scotland where he attended the Glasgow School of Art and the Decorative Trades Institute. He earned the prestigious London City & Guilds certificate and served his apprenticeship as a church decorator in Europe. 

Restoration architects and preservation leaders rely on John’s experience and often seek his advice on historic, period interiors with complex finish systems such as encaustic and distemper paints, simulated inlaid wood-grain, marbling, trompe l’oeil, architectural grisaille, freehand artwork, and old world gilding and glazing effects.

A champion of education, John continues to share his knowledge of the architectural arts with clients and professionals as a guest lecturer at university graduate preservation programs and by leading decorative finish workshops and professional development presentations.


 
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Dorothea Canning-Hennessey

Dorothea securely anchors the business by providing the accounting, reporting, and innovative business systems that have contributed to the company's transformation from a small regional decorative painting shop into a nationally known architectural arts studio.

In addition to making sure everything runs smoothly day-to-day, Dorothea oversees and manages Canning’s safety programs and protocols. Her education in construction management has led to automating the company’s information systems taking advantage of the efficiencies provided by up-to-date technology for managing finances, compliance reporting, and overall customer service.

Because of her experience on large-scale projects, and with multiple federal and state agencies throughout the country, Dorothea has a comprehensive understanding of regulations and reporting requirements, and serves as the company expert in those areas.


 
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Marcie Clifford

Marcie graduated from the Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Integrative Design with a focus on graphic design in Architectural Studies, and Art History.

Since coming to John Canning Co., she has worked onsite both as a decorative painter and as a project manager. She now manages and coordinates all phases of our historic restoration and conservation projects, from concept through installation.