FLORIDA GRAFFITI | Niki ButcherGasparilla Island © 1983
Photographic Story This small building was once a schoolhouse for the lighthouse keepers’ children on the island. At the time I photographed the building, it was in poor condition and eventually it was torn down. However, at the time I was there the fishermen at the southern end of the island used it for a storage area. Since it had no door I took a peak inside and was amazed at what I found – Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck! It was an image that I just couldn’t pass up! 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.