GIFT FROM THE SEA © 1983
Photography Story I came from California where the ocean roars onto shore with heavy waves crushing sea shells before they roll up onto the beach. When I first came to Florida I was overwhelmed by the shells found along the shore…so many that people ignored them! I was amazed the gentle waves of Florida could produce such beautiful gifts for us to enjoy. However, today we have so many people on our beaches that shells are not as abundant as they once were, so I always leave the shells on the beach to enjoy their peaceful solitude until a tourist reaches out and picks it 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.