FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHER
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
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 viewers 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
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
Girl with Wine
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