DING DARLING BAYOU 2 | Niki ButcherJ.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge © 2020
Photographic Story There are days when I climb to the top of the tower at Ding Darling and just sit and spend the afternoon watching clouds drift overhead. I’m thankful I am alive to see how truly amazing and beautiful they are. Sometimes they are so close I feel like if I just stand on my tiptoes, I’d be able to touch them. Many people say the clouds are the mountains of Florida, but they are constantly changing. I truly love the Florida sky. The Art of Hand Painting Black and White Photographs Photographed with a Sony digital camera and instead of oil painting with Q-tips and cotton balls, Niki was able to paint using Photoshop. Changing from the old-fashioned way of doing her art, to the new ‘fashion’ of using technology was challenging, but she’s enjoying getting back to her own personal expression. Archival Print Making Niki’s open edition gicleé artwork is printed on Sunset Bright Velvet Rag matte finish paper using eight archival inks. A state-of-the-art Epson Stylus Pro printer creates deep, rich dark values that hold subtle detail in the shadows as well as bright vivid colors that are truly tropical.