Art2Die4

Art2Die4

Gum Spring, Virginia

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Announcement    Each Original and Historic Black and White Photograph is carefully Hand-Tinted with an Oil Mixture to Give it New Life! The historic images are first restored to their original beauty before the handtinting process begins. After printing on a special photographic paper, I apply oils to add the color. It definitely brings the images alive again for all to enjoy!

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Last updated on Apr 9, 2020

Each Original and Historic Black and White Photograph is carefully Hand-Tinted with an Oil Mixture to Give it New Life! The historic images are first restored to their original beauty before the handtinting process begins. After printing on a special photographic paper, I apply oils to add the color. It definitely brings the images alive again for all to enjoy!

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Susan's Story

My Story

I have been taking black and white photos for many years. Inspired by the beauty of the Big Sur Coastline while living in California, I began experimenting with new techniques including hand tinting to create new effects on canvas and to show a different point of view in my art work.

I displayed much of my work along the famed Cannery Row in Monterey and in art shows in the Carmel area before moving to Richmond, Virginia. As a native of the area, the history of Virginia had always intrigued me, so I began gathering historic photos from old archives, restoring them and then hand-tinting them. Not only did I get "hooked" on the images and the process of bringing them back to life with color, but so did my customers. The result has been displaying them in art shows all over the East Coast and in local galleries. My collection has now grown to include categories such as Sports, Women, Rural, Water and much, much more.

"As I began collecting these images, for example, my women's series began to emerge in so many different ways that I did not really know much about. From the women spies of the Civil War, rural scenes of women working in the fields, to women in professions long ago that we have forgotten. They are also in sports events we thought were strictly a "man's world" long ago. I decided we needed to celebrate these women. We needed to celebrate where we had been and the things we had accomplished. "I think we forget the importance of women in sculpting our society -- its feelings, emotions, its passion and beauty -- and how influential this has been in all areas of the world as we know it today. Whether in front of the crowd marching for the right to vote, to working in the coal mines, on the railroad and struggling in the rural areas to keep family together, it is important to remember how vital this energy is so that we can celebrate ourselves no matter where we are or what we are doing. It's only when we can celebrate our past that we can build a brighter more beautiful future!"

This same kind of passion moved me to build a section on Sports, our Rural country, Black History, and a multitude of Water scenes, from the hilarious photo of the lifeguard in the bathing suit going to his knees, to the great scene of 3 guys making moonshine. Again, celebrating our history is so vital to our future.

I also restore and/or hand tint photos for customers which has really been an exciting part of my business. Bringing back to life a treasured memory is amazing and very satisfying work.

Currently, I show my work in about 26 juried shows a year now covering seven states and display my work in several galleries.

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  • Susan Bock

    Owner, Photographer, Designer

    A photographer for over 30 years I have been hand-tinting my own black and white images as well as historic photographs for many years. Each image is carefully tinted with oils to give it color.

  • Mendi & Mr. Henry

    Assistant, Marketer

    With help from my 2 besties I can sit for hours and work on my photographs. One or both are always beside me purring me on and inspiring me to keep it simple and colorful. What a great pair they are!!!!!

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Last updated on March 21, 2011

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