SLS PHOTO ART
STEVEN L SPARKS
INTRODUCTION AND ARTIST STATEMENT - Photographic Art to Live With
I primarily craft photographs that evoke positive feelings such as peace and harmony; artistic images that are a pleasure to live with. In my workflow I try to visualize the final image displayed in my home, art gallery, or museum. Depending on what a scene has to offer I may possess for realism or deviate to a different artistic style like monochrome, impressionism or abstract. Admittedly though I may divert my attention to content that is not particularly 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 evolving artistic preferences. My creativity has been influenced by several contemporary art photographers like Peter Lik, 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 local photographic 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.