AFTER SWAMP WALK | Niki Butcher Big Cypress Gallery © 2016
Photographic Story As I watched swamp walkers hang their tennis shoes on the line to dry it brought back memories of the wonderful times I’ve had out in the swamp behind our gallery. I love going out into the swamp. It feels like I have traveled back to the beginning of time. 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.