Frames have always been a big deal to me. I think of them as giving a place for the painting to live in. They are a home for the painting. I will use anything I can get my hands on to build the right frame. I have repurposed mirror frames. I have cut an joined old house interior trim. I have even carved moulding from blank stock using hand planes and carving tools. Sometimes I will gold leaf my frames using the ancient art of water gilding. I may be the only one in my city who is working with this method. Making my own frames is a big investment of my time. I have struggled with it over the years thinking if I could just buy ready made frames or hand it over to the frame shop I would have more time for painting and I would become a better painter. I seldom have the money to pay for some one to make a frame for me so I have clung to this commitment over the years and it has become a very important component of what makes my work unique my own. The simple truth is that when a painting has the right frame it becomes even more The frame pictured here on the painting titled String Game is constructed from very old walnut interior house trim with a ebonized insert to mimic the kind of frames used in 15th Century Northern Europe. It has been polished with a bees wax furniture polish.