Sterling—the artist who goes by a single name—views each portrait commission as the opportunity to tell the profound story of a couple or a family. Much like creating a painting, he weighs the roles of background and lighting, of color, tone and composition. It is his unique eye that elevates his portraits to a higher level and why his work is treasured by thousands of families from coast to coast.
For over 40 years, Sterling has been painting memories with lens and shutter, light and positioning. His work has been featured and honored nationwide and his subjects include everyone from simple families to captains of industry.
Anyone with a camera can take a photograph. To create a portrait, however, one must go beyond the reproduction of a face and reveal the character and the soul. Sterling crafts deeply-affecting images that stir the emotions with his rare ability to elicit expressions that tug at the heartstrings and his playful demeanor that creates a safe space for his subject’s true personalities to come forth.
Sterling’s creations remind us of the magical times and places of our lives and become engrained in the framework of our families. A faithful old dog, grandparents walking hand-in-hand, the fun of frolicking in the waves on the beach, the joy of relaxing at the familiar vacation home. Shared moments in time—all remembered forever.