Gino De Grandis found his earliest artistic inspiration along the lagoons of his hometown not far from Venice, Italy. His creative talents were evident from an early age but he didn't discover his true passion until he began photographing his sculptures and drawings.Today he calls the California Bay Area home and his images are works of art themselves. During the past 15 years he has amassed a stunning portfolio, one that showcases a photographer equally at ease capturing the desolate beauty of Death Valley or a chaotic protest on the steps of San Francisco's City Hall, a Hollywood A-lister or an intimate family wedding. His portraiture attests to his greatest skill: putting his subjects at ease.De Grandis has had exhibitions in California and Europe. His work has appeared inSunset Magazine, on the cover of theSan Francisco Chronicle, Business Times, New York Times, San Mateo Times, Gentry, Toyota-Buckleupforlife, CincinnatiChildrensHospital, San Francisco State University, and many other local and regional publications.