285 photos, 45 videos
In this gallery of beautiful women (and a few fabulous men) from the 1910s and 1920s, I craft new images from photographs that originally had no color and I add what I think best suits each image, each subject. Some were in great need of restoration. This is all done in Photoshop. Researching each person is amazing, allowing me a brief glimpse of their world.
The portraits are then printed on fine art watercolor paper which offers a fine surface to hand paint and add the lustrous embellishments you see here. The videos are necessary to illustrate the majesty of the hand work. This era, leading into the Golden Age of Jazz fascinates me, keeps me up into the wee hours.
Some of the stories are heartbreaking, others tell of huge success and happiness. It feels important for me to get it right with the work on these icons of a day gone by; as if I want to please the original photographer and the women (and men) who posed for them. Please contact me for more information.Thank you for taking the time to view this gallery.
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