BIG CYPRESS GALLERY
Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
Photographic Story Clyde and I have always had a dream of owning a gallery where we could display our artwork. When we found this secluded sanctuary, we fell in love with it. Imagine living in the Big Cypress National Preserve surrounded by over a million acres of Everglades wilderness. Our love for the environment outweighed the fact that the nearest customer was 50 miles away on either coast of Florida, but somehow it worked and we feel blessed to be living such a wonderful life. 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.