As an artist I’m working with visual elements, which include framing. Part of the experience of viewing a painting is the frame, which can quietly enhance or loudly detract. Paintings are often framed without much concern for aesthetics - too shiny, too visually heavy, too busy. Rococo frames belong on Rococo paintings, Impressionist frames on paintings from that period. I want to make frames that, like the work, are part of my place in time and not harkening back to some earlier art period.
Around the time I finished school I started learning how to make my own frames, for a few reasons:
Quality handmade frames are expensive; cheap frames are relatively generic and commonplace. I wanted something unique that didn’t cost an arm and a leg.
By making my own frames, I can tailor something for a specific work (carve and finish), and add something else to the artwork beyond the painting itself.
When you buy one of my paintings, not only are you purchasing a unique work, but an entirely handmade and unique frame that enhances it. I design all of my own carves - you won’t find anything else like them. My goal with making frames has always been to create something that pairs with my paintings and could hold its own in any museum setting. Sometimes that means real gold (18k lemon gold, 22k orange gold), sometimes true silver, sometimes clay bole for a matte finish, sometimes acrylic paint; but always with the highest quality materials.
For more on my process including water gilding, check out a few of my Instagram Stories.