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ArtSpotlight

Richard Stewart
FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHER

Richard Stewart is an award-winning photographer of natural beauty wherever he finds it. He has worked as a journalist and photographer for more than 30 years. He received a B.A. in Communication from the University of California at Berkeley (1972) and has traveled extensively. He has worked as a photojournalist, portrait photographer and commercial photographer.

 

His photography has appeared in newspapers, magazines and books. An early project was a travel book on Istanbul, "The Princes' Islands," that he wrote in 1975 and illustrated with his photographs. Other publications range from the News-Dispatch, Jeannette, Pa. and the Kent County Times, West Warwick, RI, to the Ankara Daily News, Ankara, Turkey. His work has also been used in a variety of trade magazines as well as in marketing and advertising projects.

 

More recently the resident of Tampa, Florida, has focused on fine art photography. He is represented by Artists Gallery Royale in St. Petersburg, Dixie Daisy's Florida Art Gallery in St. Pete Beach, and Island Gallery West on Anna Maria Island, FL. He is a regular on the Florida Art Festival and his work can be found in an increasing number of private collections. All of his photographs are printed using state-of-the-art archival technology.

 

Richard Stewart's photographs have consistently been judged winners in art competitions, including those sponsored by the Professional Photographers of America, as well as Long Boat Key Center for the Arts, Old Hyde Park Art Center (Tampa), and the Art Manatee Arts Center (Bradenton, FL.).

 

To me, a fine art photograph starts with a compelling image that captures the viewer’s attention and imagination and evokes some feeling or emotion. Creating it involves controlling light and tonal values and eliminating elements that distract. I've embraced digital photography because of the wide range of creative options it offers. I use computer tools in much the same way I once used darkroom tools to achieve similar results.

 

With a digital pen and digitizing tablet and an array of software programs, filters and digital techniques, I work to create images that viewers can appreciate. Occasionally, I take digital technology a step further, using the digital tools to create painterly, impressionistic effects to enhance my photographs. I soften the lines, mute the colors and alter tonal values to impart the look and feel of watercolor paintings while maintaining photographic realism.

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Elephant Ear Bloom


Embrace


Nymphea


Spoonbill



Girl with Wine


Temple Extant


Workboat



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