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Steven Sparks

Steven L Sparks

Photographic Art To Live With Tampa, FL

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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 process the digital image 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 may have an environmental, journalistic, or historic message. I may enter a contest occasionally for fun; but not often.

My creativity has been influenced by several contemporary art photographers like Peter Lik, David Muench, Kyle Jones, and others; 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."

BIOGRAPHY

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.

 

Havana By The Port by Steven Sparks

 

Dolphins In San Carlos Bay by Steven Sparks

 

Great Egret Portrait One by Steven Sparks

 

Great Egret Portrait Two by Steven Sparks

 

Smoky Canyons by Steven Sparks

 

Morning Walk At Ormond Beach by Steven Sparks

 

Grand Canyon Old Tree by Steven Sparks

 

Twilight Sea Oats by Steven Sparks

 

Budapest Chain Bridge by Steven Sparks

 

Navarro Street Bridge by Steven Sparks

 

Flowers and Waterfall by Steven Sparks

 

Villefranche-sur-Mer by Steven Sparks

 

Amalfi by Steven Sparks

 

Ten Pelicans by Steven Sparks

 

Yosemite Valley Moonrise by Steven Sparks

 

Clearwater Beach Florida by Steven Sparks

 

Sunshine Skyway Bridge Sunrise by Steven Sparks

 

Three Ibises Before The Storm by Steven Sparks

 

Girl By The Water by Steven Sparks

 

First Flight First Light by Steven Sparks

 

Hanauma Bay by Steven Sparks

 

Oahu Sunrise by Steven Sparks

 

Waiting For The Sun by Steven Sparks

 

Heron and Cypress Knees by Steven Sparks

 

Habana Havana by Steven Sparks

 

Moonrise Over Sunshine Skyway Bridge by Steven Sparks

 

48 CADI by Steven Sparks

 

Festive White Wine by Steven Sparks

 

Scarlet Macaw by Steven Sparks

 

Snowy Egret by Steven Sparks

 

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron by Steven Sparks

 

Willet On Sunrise Surf by Steven Sparks

 

Peacock by Steven Sparks

 

Sunny Egret by Steven Sparks

 

Riverwalk Christmas by Steven Sparks

 

Chicago Westward by Steven Sparks

 

Sierra Nevada Foothills by Steven Sparks

 

Hoot by Steven Sparks

 

By The Way by Steven Sparks

 

Barcelona Market Fruit by Steven Sparks

 

May Flowers by Steven Sparks

 

Cypress Design by Steven Sparks

 

King of the River by Steven Sparks

 

Hillsborough River In March by Steven Sparks

 

Aging Well by Steven Sparks

 

Clouded Leopard by Steven Sparks

 

Swamp Lilies by Steven Sparks

 

Three Dreams by Steven Sparks