SOUTHERN DREAMS | Niki ButcherMiami Beach © 1983
Reviving a Technique When I photographed the Art Deco district in the mid-1980s, it was a quiet, sleepy area filled with slow-moving “old folk.” The beach had none of the hustle and bustle of today’s Miami Beach, so it was a wonderful place of quiet contemplation. The Art of Hand Painting Black and White Photographs Niki prints her images on fiber-base black and white mat surface paper in the darkroom, then using Q-tips and cotton balls, she applies a thin coat of oil paint over the surface allowing the image to gently be seen through the oil paint. 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.