I remember sneaking away with my Mother’s Brownie camera when I was very young. Life got busy, and I eventually pursued my photography career when my children left home, by going back to college. Much of my hand colored work is self-taught. I paint by hand onto the original print with watercolors and oils. I love to photograph areas of Colorado and the Southwest where I was born and raised, emphasizing the history of the area. Photographing the ghost towns and the old west brings that moment in time to life.

Hand tinting of daguerreotypes was the first effort to create realism of color in the early 1840s. Hand coloring of photographs declined by the 1950s with wide access to color film. A revival of the process is being used by artist/photographers for the aesthetic value rather than the need for realism.

I currently reside in Santa Fe, NM and I am a member of the Santa Fe Society of Artists which hosts outdoor fine art shows near the historic square in downtown Santa Fe, spring through fall. I also sell my work at festivals throughout Colorado including Denver, Boulder, Aspen, Vail (where I was featured artist 2009), Beaver Creek, Salida (Best of show 2015), Ridgway (Best in photography 2015) & Durango. I have also shown my artwork in Kansas City, MO; Jackson Hole, WY; Sedona, AZ and Albuquerque, NM. Please check my current schedule for upcoming shows. My professional services include custom hand painted photographs and photo restoration of your current or historical photos.

Into the west photos


Becky Donatucci