No, no gold leaf. It's just some very light yellow paint. Even after all these years, I guess the effect still works, LOL. It *IS* on paper, and there's glass over top, with a very nice frame holding it in place. I'm about to take it apart to see if there's ANYTHING on the back that will help me know who it is.
At first I thought it was a photo that had been "colored", but on closer look, it DOES look like a painting or maybe done with chalk. I'm not sure......... now that I get up close and personal, it's def not a photo.
Next week the small museum in her home town is having a "scan your photo day", and I'm going to take her with me, in hopes that they will let me leave her there for the day, with a note attached saying, "Do you know who this is"?