Historic black and white historic photos are acquired. All photos that I use are public domain except for a few where a studio provided permission. The photos are first restored as many of the old negatives have deteriorated over time and have left holes and black spots on the prints. This has been especially true of the Civil War Series which were all on large glass plates. Once the photos have been restored, they are printed on a special photographic paper that will take my oils well. A special transparent photo oil mixture is then applied lightly to provide color. The colors are blended in multiple layers to give an old as well as a real life look. The intention is to enhance the subject matter rather than hide or change it.