LAST DRUG RUN © 1989
Photographic Story We were visiting a small island in the Bahamas with not much to do but relax and walk the beach. One afternoon we walked as far as the beach would take us and came upon this airplane. When we returned from the walk we asked the locals what happened. They replied, “Oh, that was the last drug run those guys took. They were being chased by the Coast Guard and weren’t able to shake them so they made a landing by hitting the water and sliding up onto the beach. The plane was full of drugs and some of the guys on the island helped them remove the drugs from the plane and then helped the drug runners escape from the island before the Coast Guard could get here. So, since that time, the plane has just sat on the beach…” Just to let you know, this all happened at the height of the drug running in South Florida, sometime between 1970-80’s. 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.