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Meet Doug Sturgess of SturgessArt in Sandy Springs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Doug Sturgess. 

Doug, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve always thought the world is more beautiful through the lens. I remember growing up & being fascinated by images in National Geographic. Pictures of exotic people & landscapes across the globe must have ignited something in my brain that would be filed away for use later in life. It wasn’t until I graduated from Physical Therapy school that I could afford to start traveling and became interested photography. Before 2000, I honestly wasn’t very successful at capturing what I saw on my trips. However, all that changed with the advent of digital cameras. Over the past 20 years, photography has become much more than a hobby. Although the majority of my income comes from my work treating patients, sales of fine art prints are a nice supplement my income. 

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
As with everything, life is not always a bed of roses. After years of a challenging & ultimately failed relationship, I was able to spend a lot of time funneling my creative energy into learning as much as I could about photography from image capture to post-processing & everything in between. I’m happy to say that I came out of that relationship with a great skill. 

Tell us more about the business.
SturgessArt.com offers consulting & customized artwork for both residential & commercial spaces. I take pride in the fact that I tailor the final artwork to the customers’ needs. Recommending what I think will fit their space & needs is half the fun. The artwork is customized to fit their space for ultimate enjoyment. 

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
In 2010, I met Paul Bartell via an online photography forum. I saw one of his images of City Center in Las Vegas that was chosen as the “Image of the Week” on a world-wide photography site. I sent him a congratulatory email and he wrote back. Over the years, we’ve become great friends, using each other for a sounding board on our images/editing techniques and I’ve learned a lot. It has also led to many things I never expected. In 2013, Paul & I finally met in person in Las Vegas for Photoshop World. I took home the Vincent Versace Award for Excellence in Digital Photography. I was totally surprised as it was my first time attending this event with over 2,000 equally talented creatives. A close friend of Paul’s, Dee Willis, knows the southwest landscape intimately. In 2017, he planned a fall photography trip to southwest Colorado & asked several friends to join. I had always loved Colorado & wanted to photograph the Aspen trees in the Fall and was thrilled to be invited. We met up in Ouray for our base camp and each day, went to amazing vistas in the best light. It was an experience I’ll never forget. Since then, he’s taken us to the Tetons & Yellowstone, Monument Valley & hopefully to Death Valley soon. 

Pricing:

  • Pricing ranges from $60 to $6,000 depending on size, media, framing.

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Doug Sturgess

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