Dick grew up in Nebraska in the 1950s and after high school worked in an advertising agency art department for a year before attending the Art Center School in Los Angeles, California. Starting out as an art director for major advertising agencies, he went on to receive over 150 awards for creating outstanding advertising and design for clients such as Scotch Tape and Betty Crocker. While still working for the agencies, he launched a publishing company on the side and was soon selling books to the professional advertising market internationally.
His book, The Mad Old Ads was published in 1966 (McGraw Hill--U.S. and W.H. Allen--England) and received huge reviews, including a full page in Newsweek.The publishing venture encouraged him to open his own business--a creative studio, which initially serviced ad agencies in Minneapolis, while also creating hundreds of contemporary cards for Hallmark. After moving his studio to Scottsdale, Arizona, Dick continued to work with ad agencies and directly for clients such as Texaco Aviation, the city of Scottsdale and political candidates. He expanded his writing to include a series four-wheel drive articles for Outdoor Arizona magazine and humorous articles for the local newspapers.Effective advertising is the power of persuasion.
In the mid-seventies, Sutphen sought to expand his understanding of this power by studying brain/mind technology and hypnosis. One of the studio offices became the Scottsdale Hypnosis Center--a place to experiment with metaphysics, group hypnosis and past-life regression.As a result of these explorations, in 1976 he created and marketed the first prerecorded hypnosis tapes through his own company, Valley of the Sun Publishing. Today, the company is a leader in this field, offering over 200 audio and video titles in world-wide release. Valley of the Sun New Age music is often on distributors' top-ten lists.The Hypnosis Center explorations also led to writing a book: You Were Born Again To Be Together (Simon & Schuster Pocket Books 1976). It has never gone out of print and has sold nearly a million copies. Six additional titles on reincarnation and karma followed from Pocket Books, including Predestined Love, Finding Your Answers Within, Earthly Purpose, and The Oracle Within. Valley of the Sun published 12 more metaphysical titles. A 1991 dark-fantasy collection of short stories published by Spine-Tingling Press was nominated for a Bram Stoker writing award.
Dick is often a featured speaker at conventions such as the American Council of Hypnotherapy. Sutphen Seminars are conducted annually in as many as 35 U.S. cities and England, Ireland and Australia. He has appeared on hundreds of local and national radio and TV shows, including Phil Donahue, Good Morning America, and Tom Snyder, where he conducted the first televised past-life regression. David Susskind built a 90-minute show around Dick's work.Dick and Tara Sutphen have been together since 1983 and live in Malibu, California with their children, horses, dogs and cats. Their reincarnation research is currently centered upon the concept of past-life themes and documenting one of Tara's case histories--a fascinating past-life/spirit guide connection that relates back to a shared incarnation in France.