LAKE RUSSELL © 1998
Photographic Story Before the Disney Wilderness Preserve was opened to the public Clyde and I were invited to photograph the Preserve by the Nature Conservancy. It was a glorious experience. The 11,500 acres were absent of people, so we had it all to ourselves. Lake Russell is one of the few lakes in the Orlando area that has no people around the edge, so being out on the lake was a wonderful experience of wilderness. The bottom was hard, so we could walk around without sinking. We had a wonderful time and made memories I treasure. 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.