Most of these hand-painted photographs date from the 1980s to the mid-1990s. My hand-coloring technique developed from a background in oil painting and was influenced by techniques of old masters. Delicate layers of oil paint were painstakingly applied to each archival photograph to achieve rich and subtle hues. This technique differed from traditional hand-tinting, which involved applying and then removing color to leave a 'tint" of color. I applied thin layers of color to achieve depth and subtlety, using photo oils, oil sticks and tube paint, a variety of fine brushes and often my fingers.
As each version is hand-painted, every photograph is unique. Though these hand-painted photographs are limited to editions of ten prints - 16x20, 20x24 and 30x40 - only a few of the images have more than four versions completed. Most versions differ in use of colors. There are also variations to the archival fiber prints themselves. A few of the hand-painted photographs were printed 11x14 and one - The Dreamer - in 40x60.