Richard Sturdevant is a leading expert in photographic artistry and creative composites. His award winning work, style, and techniques have earned him high praise in the photographic industry. Richard is known for an impressive track record in PPA print competition – receiving 14 prints with a perfect 100 point score in state, regional and district competitions. He also made history with PPA at the SWPPA District competition in September 2010 for the highest print case ever scored in the USA, receiving a 100 print score on all four of his prints. He is the Grand Imaging Award (GIA) Winner for 2011 with best print in the PPA.
Sturdevant’s fluid combination of photography with fine art skills stems from his artistic roots. Prior to becoming a photographer, Richard made his living as a classic and award-winning artist and also was a national art instructor and a published subject matter expert. Using airbrush and oil, his unique but photorealistic style made for a natural transition to photography. Today his passion for painting comes alive in his creations of photographic art.
As a photographic artist, Richard received the prestigious title of 2010, 2011, and 2012 Southwest Photographer of the Year with SWPPA, 2009 and 2010 Texas Photographer of the Year with TPPA and 2008-2010 Dallas Photographer of the Year with DPPA. He also achieved International Gold and International Platinum Photographer of the Year with the PPA in 2007, 2008, then went double Platinum Photographer of the year for Photographic Open and Electronic Imaging in 2010. This Year he is the 2nd photographer ever to go Double Diamond Photographer of the Year in PPA’s International Print Competition. From 2005 to 2011, he received 11 Kodak Gallery Awards as well as 15 Fuji Masterpiece Awards. He also received 1st place in the portrait & Group category in the 2010 and 2011 WPPI 16×20 print competition.
Richard owns and operates Sturdevant Studio – a thriving portrait studio in Garland, Texas. He specializes in fine art composites, seniors, families, wedding, and commercial photography. He was featured in Rangefinder magazine August 2006 where his image “Durrel’s Run” was the cover image. Richard is a member of PPA, ASP, WPPI, TPPA, DPPA and is PPA Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman. He will also be receiving the Master Artist of Photography in New Orleans in January 2012.
With over 20 years of experience as a creative artist, Richard brings a unique eye to the world of photographic education. Sharing his knowledge and experience with others in the industry is something that he enjoys. As part of his commitment to helping others learn and succeed, he has launched his own brand of educational materials to photographers, graphic designers, and artists nationwide. He believes that these materials, known as the “Sturdavinci Art Tools”, will help fellow professionals, as well as aspiring students, achieve their creative potentials and improve their workflow.
Turning the ordinary into the extraordinary will continue to be Richard’s goal in his personal photographic journey and as a platform for his teachings.