Photographic Story Our family was visiting the Bahamian Islands when I took this photograph. After I got home I loved the image, but it was a very busy photograph and I couldn’t figure out how to paint it. I studied it for a long time and decided to leave the background black and white and only paint the foreground. The Art of Hand Painting Black & 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.