One thing people typically do not realize when they purchase one of my framed paintings is that I make the majority of the frames myself. I’ve always invested time in the essential task of framing my artwork. It might not be one of the most pleasant tasks, as it takes away from my painting time, but when I display my work in a competitive show or gallery, it is generally an expectation and requirement that the artwork be framed.
Many artists use the services of a professional frame shop, or purchase the chopped pieces of finished frame molding to put together at home or a studio. Both options have their places, and have saved my backside when I have been pressed for time. But relying on professional framing services is costly. This is especially true when you are putting together a dozen or two pieces for a show.
Being a frugal individual, I have managed to devise a system that allows me to make a simple, quality frame that presents my watercolor paintings in a professional and uniform manner, at a low cost—and I can pass that cost savings on to buyers of my art.
My father was a skilled woodworker, and I picked up a modicum of woodworking skills from him. I also have a well-equipped wood shop in the basement of my house—so that helps. The key part of my framing process is to keep things simple. I generally offer one or two frame styles made from hardwood. I plane the wood to a specific size, cut it to the desired width, and carefully piece the frame together. To complete the look, I sand and finish each frame in a style complimentary to the artwork.
Another way of keeping costs down and adding uniqueness to my framed paintings is using salvaged wood to make the frames. I am always on the hunt for good hardwood that people or businesses have discarded. I can usually find a steady supply at spring cleanup time or by doing some dumpster diving at a renovation site. It is amazing the good stuff people throw out.
The majority of the artwork that is for sale on my website is unframed. This allows you, the art collector, to choose the frame that best suits your style and home décor. But if you are interested in purchasing one of my paintings and would like me to make a frame to compliment the work, that can be arranged for a reasonable additional cost. Please reach out to me directly if you’d like to discuss framing options for a specific painting.