How I Make My Frames
I began making frames for my art in the early 90's. The concept for the frames was inspired by an abstract painter's gallery exhibit in Santa Monica. The simple paintings were presented in elaborate frames. I decided I wanted my frames to give the illusion of being elaborate, ornate and beyond the norm. I experimented with small toys, cast offs and bits and pieces from everyday life. After attaching the objects to the frame, a coat of gold paint transforms the ordinary into a surreal device. The frames have an energy that comes from the human transference of special meaning onto things from our lives. The frames evoke memories of dreams, childhood and travels. I continue to collect items for future frames and will gladly accept donations.
Usually, I do not design the frame until I have completed a painting. Sometimes the painting will inspire the items used on the frame or the items are chosen at random to create the best design. From experience, I find small lightweight toys and objects work best. If an item is heavy I will secure it to the frame. For the most part, the items are arranged and placed onto the frame covered with texture paste. I buy white Texture Paste at Nova Color. Before spraying the frame with Montana Gold spray paint, I use masking tape to cover any items I do not want painted then gesso everything and allow to dry before spraying. Work in a well ventilated area with the Texture Paste. I only use the spray paint outside. Avoid working in humid conditions. Also, do not allow pets into the room when the paint is wet!
Gesso is available at many art stores
I create narrative paintings that are inspired by dreams, visions, symbology and pop culture.