Art and Fine Photography

      Welcome to Sterling Images! [updated 08/05/2019] This is Ron Sterling's main stage for presenting his photographic art from age 15 to now. Now he is in his mid-70s.

      Not only is he developing this gallery to present his best work, but visitors may also view and purchase original prints and extraordinary, pre-digital, original, color transparencies in both small and medium formats. You will also find links to other Sterling Images projects, such as greeting cards, posters, videos, and more.

      The brick and mortar Sterling Images Gallery that was at 7035 Beach Drive SW, Seattle, WA, for a few months in late 2009 was shut down by the Seattle Department of Planning and Development ("DPD") for a "zoning violation."

      This site also tells the story of that neighborhood adventure and lets you in on what it takes to be a "certified rabble rouser." Immediately below you can find information about a few notable events that took place at the gallery before it was shut down by Seattle's DPD in December 2009.

      Thank you for stopping by! We hope you enjoy the show.



        The Short Story of the Sterling Images Gallery.

      The neighbors did not like the existence of a small, neighborhood-friendly art gallery featuring immediate neighbor-artist art for a total of eight hours per week. They initiated complaints to the DPD who then issued a citation for a zoning violation with deadlines after which fines would become very expensive.

      When not displaying art, the little gallery was a one bedroom guest flat and workshop. In the near future, we will post pictures and some commentary about our ill-fated attempt to bring some pleasure to our neighborhood through a very non-intrusive display of local artist work.

        February 11, 2009 -- Art Walk! -- Dedicated to the Taj Mahal.

      We dedicated our February 11, 2009, West Seattle Art Walk event at Sterling Images Gallery to the Taj Mahal, since the Taj Mahal would not have existed except for the love of the Shah for his third wife, who died while giving birth. What better Valentine to give than a structure that is so pure and so magnificent that it is included in the list of the Seven Wonders of the World.

      As a stunned photographer of the Taj Mahal in 1982, I can tell you this -- I would crawl on hands and knees from the nearest hotel to see it again, under the same ethereal and exquisite conditions.

      We gave out free 8x10 prints of the Taj Mahal to all of our West Seattle Art Walk visitors.

        A Quick Look at the Studio.

        What Was the Duckwalk?   Will it be Back?   (Unfortunately, "No")

      The opening of SIG on August 13, 2009, was such a success that we decided to do a weekly, Thursday evening Duckwalk (like an Art Walk, only way more fun) every Thursday in September and October of 2009. Below is a copy of the official Duckwalk flyer. Weekly drawings for one child and one adult ducky item (t-shirt or calendar) took place.

      The Rackner children were big winners of Duckwalk prizes given away during September and October 2009.

      "Put Your Art Hat On" is an original saying created by Ron Sterling for Sterling Images Gallery, and it means what it says!

        The Gallery Presented King Duck!

      In celebration of Halloween 2009, Sterling Images Gallery ("SIG") presented Ducky Warhol as "King Duck!" He was the host of the First Annual Ducky Warhol Halloween Celebration presented by Ron Sterling and Sarah Fetzer. He was heard saying "I'm dead! You're not! So, have a great Halloween!"

        Photographs Displayed on This Site and Marked as "For Sale."

      PLEASE NOTE: All photographs currently posted on this site are for viewing only and not for sale or downloading. We are in the midst of reconstructing the site so that sales of prints, digital downloads, and original color transparencies can take place. Current content is what appeared here in September 2018.

    • All posted images are reduced in resolution for easier viewing and they contain watermarks. Purchased prints do not contain watermarks.

    • All prints are signed by Ron Sterling on a descriptive title card that is enclosed with your purchased print.

    • All original images are digital unless otherwise noted. All digital photographs posted here originated from photographs at approximately 2500 x 3500 pixels (34" x 45") and can be printed at 20" x 30" without any significant loss of quality unless otherwise noted on a photograph's order page.

    • You can purchase standard size prints from 8" x 10" to 20" x 30" on the page that displays the sample photograph.

    • Custom photographic prints can be ordered in just about any size up to 50" x 120." Computer wallpaper and screensaver use of photographs can be purchased. All fees related to any purchases are guaranteed to be competitive and quality of product is guaranteed.

    • To discuss custom print orders, framed print orders, purchases of digital and publication rights, and reseller agreements, please e-mail Ron Sterling at or by or call him at 206-784-7842.

    • Ron Sterling reserves the right to change posted pricing and any other policies regarding photographic images displayed on this Web site without any prior notice, whatsoever.

        Links to Photographs.

      Click on a link below to open a page of thumbnail photographs in a separate window. Click on a thumbnail to view a higher resolution image. More original photographs, including many significant architectural and art pieces that are in the public domain, will be posted here in the near future, as noted below. Several headings further below do not contain any photographs at this time. They represent our future plans on content.

    • The Guggenheim Museum, including a wonderful, high resolution photograph of David Smith's metal sculpture, "Cubi I," in the lobby, during the "David Smith -- A Centennial" exhibition that took place February 3 to May 14, 2006.

    • The Cloisters Museum, a branch of the Metropolitan Art Museum. Photographs of the famous Unicorn Tapestries, the Crucifix in the reconstructed Apse of San Martin at Fuentiduena, and more.

    • Photographs to be added soon: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (several public domain pieces of art and interiors). The Modern Museum of Art (several public domain pieces of art and interiors), and many other New York City landmarks and art.



      Figueres: The Salvador Dali Museum -- "amazing."


      • Palau de la Musica Catalana -- Barcelona art nouveau symphony hall (incredible architecture and stained glass ceiling). The only way to photograph the magnificent stained glass ceiling of the symphony hall is to purchase tickets to a performance. There are no comparable high-quality photographs of this stunning stained glass ceiling available on the Internet (last reviewed 07/27/06) except what is posted here. One sample photograph can be viewed by clicking here (more to be posted soon). If you have ever toured the Palau de la Musica, you will want to hang a 20" by 30" print of it in your home or office.

      • The Joan Miro Foundation (beautiful art gallery overlooking Barcelona) and many of Miro's public domain pieces.

      • Flamenco dancers performing at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes. One photograph is available at this time.

      • La Sagrada Familia -- One of the main cathedrals of Barcelona was started in 1882 and is still evolving today. It is in the art nouveau style of Antoni Gaudi.

    • Valencia: The very modern architecture of the City of Arts and Sciences which is a series of buildings designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava and started in July 1996. The buildings are an impressive example of modern architecture and include an art gallery, opera house, and science museum.

    • Granada: The Alhambra -- Called the jewel of Moorish architecture, it consists of a fortress, two halls of state, and a series of luxury residences (the palace). Yusuf I (1333-1353) and Mohammed V (1353-1391) are responsible for most of the Alhambra that we admire today.

      Sevilla: Photographs of the Alcazar (palace), the museum Belles Artes, and the main cathedral (arguably the largest Roman Catholic cathedral), the Plaza de Espana, and the famous Bridge of Triana.

    • Cordoba: The Mezquita -- a grand, eclectic cathedral. The Catholic section of the cathedral is built in the middle of the much larger, older mosque. The Alcazar (Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos) -- 13th century palace built in the Mudejar style during the reign of Alfonso XI. This is the castle where Ferdinand and Isabella met with Columbus to discuss plans for Columbus' trip to the new world.

    • Toledo: The hilltop old town at night silhouetted by the rising moon. The main Toledo cathedral and significant art and architecture.

    • Madrid: The Prado Museum -- many significant pieces of art. The Royal Palace (Palacio Real) -- home of many of Spain's monarchs which is still used for royal ceremonies.

        Copyright and Purchaser Rights.

      Unless a purchaser has purchased other media rights from Ron Sterling, purchasers of fine art prints rendered from photographs displayed on this Web site are for personal use only and certain restrictions apply.

      Purchasers of these fine art prints are entitled to certain discounts for further licensing rights, such as for the purchase of digital screen saver images. Unless by special arrangement, all digitally-released images contain invisible and traceable Digimarc copyright notices and, unless further rights are purchased, they are for personal use only and not for distribution or remarketing.

        Thank You for Visiting!

                 Best wishes! Ron Sterling

    Sterling Images (tm)
    Phone: 206-784-7842
    Seattle, Washington, USA

    Updated August 5, 2019
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