I am blessed to come from a family of many artists. My mother, a skilled watercolorist, was regularly frustrated by the expense of framing her works for preservation. My aunt, another professional painter, was quick to tell me at an early age: “If you plan to stay in the arts, then be sure to learn as much as you can about framing and do as much as you can yourself. It’ll save you lots of money”!
Thus began a quest to immerse myself in all aspects of framing. While I was taking classes at Savannah College of Art and Design during my senior year of highschool, I was the “art nerd” always asking about conservation quality materials, best mounting techniques and framing practices. This is when I was first exposed to mat cutting, frame assembly, exact measuring, and traditional gold leaf gilding techniques.
All these skills would come into play when, shortly after college, I got a job in a very large frame shop. I soon left the production floor and joined the design and art consulting team. That laid the foundation for a 15 year career in specifying and managing production of art and framing for high end hospitality projects around the world.