Steven L Sparks







Steven Sparks

Steven L Sparks

Photographic Art To Live With Tampa, FL




I primarily craft photographs that evoke positive feelings such as peace and harmony; images that are a pleasure to live with. Even before I click the shutter I compose and visualize the final product in my home, or in an art gallery, or museum. I might 'see' in styles other than realism, like black and white, impressionism or abstract. Admittedly though I may divert my attention to images that are not just artistic but have an environmental, journalistic, or historic message. I may enter a contest occasionally for fun; but not often.

I have no defined parameters for content; and I explore many digital processing methods to express my artistic interpretation of whatever a scene may have to offer. My creativity has been influenced by several contemporary art photographers like Steve Barclay and Andy Katz; and also a by some of the world's renowned painters, especially American painters from the late 19th century, like George Inness. My favorite artist's quote is by George Inness: "The true use of art is, first, to cultivate the artist's own spiritual nature."


Beginning as a teenager learning photography with a twin lens reflex camera I have continualy engaged in some type of advanced photographic work, as my primary careers have allowed. My photographic experience includes photojournalism, aerial photography, portraits, sports, weddings, advertising, and especially creating and selling photographic fine art. My main careers included 24 years of flying helicopters and airplanes with the Army, National Guard and Coast Guard. I enjoyed a shorter second career with USAA. I am married with three children and one granddaughter. Following my last assignment flying C-130's out of USCG Air Station St Pete/Clearwater we decided to remain in the Tampa Bay area. My wife and I now reside in north Tampa.

I am mostly a self-taught photographer though I have completed some formal photography training at North Kansas City High School, DOD Public Affairs School, Nikon School, University of South Florida, and with a commercial art photographer in Honolulu. I am a member of the North Tampa Arts League, the Florida Museum of Photographic Art, and a few photographic meetup groups. Apart from my online portfolio, I display and sell my photo art at various local venues.

All images are copyright protected. Copying, altering, displaying or redistribution without written permission from Steven Sparks is strictly prohibited.


Butterfly and Flower by Steven Sparks


Lobster Claw by Steven Sparks


First Blooms by Steven Sparks


Heliconia and Frog by Steven Sparks


Frog and Heliconia by Steven Sparks


Classic Young Male by Steven Sparks


Big Hands by Steven Sparks


Silverback by Steven Sparks


Elephant by Steven Sparks


Giraffes by Steven Sparks


Macaws by Steven Sparks


Swan by Steven Sparks


Costa Maya Dancer II by Steven Sparks


Costa Maya Dancer by Steven Sparks


Mi Tierra by Steven Sparks


Tex-Mex by Steven Sparks


Texas Moon by Steven Sparks


Steps to the Riverwalk by Steven Sparks


San Antonio Riverwalk by Steven Sparks


Riverwalk III by Steven Sparks


Riverwalk IV by Steven Sparks


Longknife 26 by Steven Sparks


HH-52A Beach Patrol by Steven Sparks


Cutter in Alaska by Steven Sparks


Tennis Art- Daniela Hantuchova by Steven Sparks


Intensity - Taylor Dent by Steven Sparks


Rafael Nadal Shadow Play by Steven Sparks


A Hug From Roger by Steven Sparks


Gloria Visiting Tampa by Steven Sparks


Capitan Miranda in Tampa by Steven Sparks


Big Hands II by Steven Sparks


The King II by Steven Sparks


Silverback II by Steven Sparks


White Tiger by Steven Sparks


Phalaenopsis by Steven Sparks


Callistemon II by Steven Sparks


Reeds and Heron by Steven Sparks


The Centrum by Steven Sparks


Caribbean Cannon by Steven Sparks


When The Morning Fog Lifted by Steven Sparks


Moonrise Over Skyway Bridge by Steven Sparks


Lighter Than Air by Steven Sparks


Hunter's Green Hole 18 by Steven Sparks


Knee High Sweet Corn by Steven Sparks


Santa At The Beach by Steven Sparks