Beyond Basic Black

While I carry several different styles in stock, that doesn't mean that your choices are limited. Please give me a call for a personal consultation to discuss your particular design needs. 

I work with several large national frame moulding distributors on a regular basis, and can provide custom framing services from a simple gift to a whole office project.  Call or email, and I can provide corner samples, and more images of frame projects.

Standard Frames



My favorite frame for the moment is Palladio, in black/brown. It's a mildly distressed wood frame with a beeswax finish. The dark tones complement most of the "Dakota Montana" and "Stories Told in Things Left Behind" series. I pair it with TruVue's Conservation Reflection Control glass (CRC), which pairs a diffusion layer to keep glare down, with a UV protective coating on the back. Frames are finished on the back with sturdy hangers, plastic coated wire which won't rust or stain your walls, and a black Tyvek® dust-cover.

Shiprock Ponies, New Mexico

Shiprock Ponies, New Mexico "Shiprock Ponies" 26x20, framed in Palladio with Conservation Reflection Control glass and 6-ply white mat

The Gallery Frame

Another old standard is the black gallery frame. On the larger pieces, (20x26 and above), it's a 1 1/2" matte black style, with simple square lines. For smaller pieces, a variation of this frame in a 3/4" molding is used. And as a third option, I offer a metal frame with a brushed "Florentine" finish, also in black. 


L to R: 1 1/2" Matte Black; 3/4" Matte Black; 1 1/2" Metal Florentine

Typically with the gallery frame, I use TruVue's Conservation Clear glass, which is offers less expensive UV protection, without the reflection control.

Doorways to the Past, Ardmore SD

"Door, Unopened" 20x26" with 1.5" Matte Black frame with 4" White Mat 

Larger pieces (up to 30x40) can be framed and glassed, either in the Palladio style, or in a black gallery frame.

Glassless Styles

I've also begun producing larger prints in a glassless configuration. A canvas photograph is laminated to a backing board (GatorBoard) and then framed with a combination linen liner and frame. I use a dark-toned 2" square frame with a 1" linen liner, as well as a wider 3" rustic frame paired with a 2.5" liner. These are lightweight, and avoid the obvious issues of shipping and hanging a larger piece of glass. On occasion, I also use acrylic glazing to keep the weight down for a more traditional presentation in a frame.

Roll Out the Barrels, Scenic SD

"Roll Out the Barrels" 60" x 40", framed in rustic style (3" Brown frame with 2.5" Linen Liner in Natural)

These laminated pieces also look great in my new custom barnwood frames. You can get these in a number of styles, including the Western style barnwood frame; a redwood / Brazilian cherry combination; and a solid walnut composite. Each frame is crafted by hand one at a time.