Frame of Reference

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"October" - by Roger Rink - oil on linen, 50" x 60". Hanging it its new home on the Swan River. I am incredibly blessed to work with such amazing artists, and it is a special treat when clients become friends, because it means I get to visit some of my favorite paintings now and again... ...

October - by Roger Rink - oil on linen, 50 x 60.  Hanging it its new home on the Swan River.  I am incredibly blessed to work with such amazing artists, and it is a special treat when clients become friends, because it means I get to visit some of my favorite paintings now and again...

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Marshall RayRoger Rink is my favorite artist. Thanks for posting his work.

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Eletra VandebergPerfect place for it!

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Tabby Ivyit looks fabulous there!

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I've featured Prisma frames from our friends at Bella Moulding before, but this one is particularly sweet! 10 year old Avery and her mom came in back in July and set this owl painting down on the counter, and mom said, "This is the coolest painting ever, so we need something really special." I showed them the Prisma corner samples - computer-routed acrylic with engraved patterns in a rainbow of colors - and Avery picked this herself. Good eye, Avery! I am ever so thankful, both for kids with great taste (Avery rocks her pink eyeglasses) and for parents with vision who recognize the importance of art and acknowledging your children's creativity. These are the moments that make my chosen career a blast!
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Ive featured Prisma frames from our friends at Bella Moulding before, but this one is particularly sweet!  10 year old Avery and her mom came in back in July and set this owl painting down on the counter, and mom said, This is the coolest painting ever, so we need something really special.  I showed them the Prisma corner samples - computer-routed acrylic with engraved patterns in a rainbow of colors - and Avery picked this herself.  Good eye, Avery!  I am ever so thankful, both for kids with great taste (Avery rocks her pink eyeglasses) and for parents with vision who recognize the importance of art and acknowledging your childrens creativity.  These are the moments that make my chosen career a blast!

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Eletra VandebergThis is great! She matched her colors too. What an eye Avery.

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Dee Dee Dale Cooper, my stalwart framer, has been quietly building many of your framed pieces in the back room for over 16 months now. Her attention to detail, her willingness to tackle everything I throw at her, and especially her ability to stretch canvases and stitch down the many fabric items we work with - all of these things make her invaluable. But don't overlook the fact that she's an incredibly talented artist! She painted my favorite bird - the Great Blue Heron - on this barrel stave and presented it to me yesterday for my birthday. It's gorgeous, and I'm so grateful. Thanks, Dee Dee! You rock! ...

Dee Dee Dale Cooper, my stalwart framer, has been quietly building many of your framed pieces in the back room for over 16 months now.  Her attention to detail, her willingness to tackle everything I throw at her, and especially her ability to stretch canvases and stitch down the many fabric items we work with - all of these things make her invaluable.  But dont overlook the fact that shes an incredibly talented artist!  She painted my favorite bird - the Great Blue Heron - on this barrel stave and presented it to me yesterday for my birthday.  Its gorgeous, and Im so grateful.  Thanks, Dee Dee!  You rock!

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Eletra VandebergThis is soooooo cool. Thank you Dee Dee.

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Marnie ForbisHappy belated birthday!! Great present.. and yes , she indeed rocks.

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Tabby Ivybeautiful

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Tabby Ivy...and happy birthday!

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With apologies for the poor quality iPhotography, I felt compelled to post this, because it is The. Smallest.Thing. We. Have. Ever. Framed. It's a Murano glass horse, hand blown by some unbelievable artisan in Venice, and it's about the size of a grain of rice, with legs roughly the diameter of an eyelash. The second photo shows a pencil point in comparison. I'm thrilled with the results, and frankly, I'm thrilled that it's finished!
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With apologies for the poor quality iPhotography, I felt compelled to post this, because it is The. Smallest.Thing. We. Have. Ever. Framed.  Its a Murano glass horse, hand blown by some unbelievable artisan in Venice, and its about the size of a grain of rice, with legs roughly the diameter of an eyelash.  The second photo shows a pencil point in comparison.  Im thrilled with the results, and frankly, Im thrilled that its finished!

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Eletra VandebergThis is truly amazing in every way.

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Tabby Ivyoh my you must have been sweating bullets putting that one together!

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Tabby IvyOh my, you must have been sweating bullets putting that one together!

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Kathy FerraraFantastic!

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"Autumn Symphony" by Tabby Ivy. Oil on linen, 60" x 48", $8,600. The newest painting in Tabby's "Expressions" series, and the best one yet! The last piece in this series, "Spring Symphony" was only in the gallery for about three weeks before I delivered it to it's new home on the Swan River. I don't expect this one to last long, either. Thank you, Tabby Ivy for continuing to bring me these amazing paintings for the gallery! ...

Autumn Symphony by Tabby Ivy.  Oil on linen, 60 x 48, $8,600.  The newest painting in Tabbys Expressions series, and the best one yet!  The last piece in this series, Spring Symphony was only in the gallery for about three weeks before I delivered it to its new home on the Swan River.  I dont expect this one to last long, either.  Thank you, Tabby Ivy for continuing to bring me these amazing paintings for the gallery!

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Christine Keim VandebergThis is gorgeous. I hope it sells right away, but I also hope it's still at the gallery next month so I can see it.

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Elizabeth PickavanceBeautiful!

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Eletra VandebergThis is outstanding. It's magical and seems to be electrical.....not sure how to say that. Hope it goes to a home where it will be cherished.

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