That's what a friend of mine calls the custom frames I have made for my paintings. My amazing framer, Kurt Pape of Unique Art Framing, did an especially fabulous job for this show. For each painting, he responded to the colors, values, paint handling and overall atmosphere before deciding whether it called for pale silver, antique pewter, champagne gold, textured or solid, squared or rounded. He really dialed in the profile, edge finish, and reveal width (the gap between the float frame and the panel edge). The Africa tree paintings have no paint or gilding, just hand-rubbed maple. As always, he built each one in his shop from bare wood.
The top left photo shows Kurt in his workshop, trying out different frame corners on some of the smaller pieces in the show. He has also made me a set of frame corners in my favorite finishes so that I can hold them up to my paintings as I am nearing completion. It helps me to imagine the final presentation, and to determine how close to finished the piece actually is.
Kurt's experienced, artful eye has been integral to the presentation of my work for the last ten years. It costs more than stock framing, but it really ensures that each piece is truly one of a kind. Thank you, Kurt! http://www.uniqueartframing.com/