Exploring different styles of painting adds a dimension that brings out the soul of the photograph in ways that nothing else can. I've always been bothered by depressing old photographs that do NOTHING to bring out the spirit of that moment.
A photograph is a tangible connection to a moment in time. Enhancing it can reveal a different perspective of those moments that could not be imagined before. Using photoshop since the very beginning has enabled a ton of manipulation for the sheer joy of it!
Before and After