All of my paintings are created from scratch in my studio from organic artist quality materials used by artists for generations, yet each is a contemporary work of art.
For those paintings on canvas, I use artists’ studio quality canvas in 72″ wide rolls and cut a piece of canvas to size. For each painting, I first stretch and staple the canvas onto a wooden board. This holds the canvas taut and provides a stable surface upon which to paint with a variety of markmaking tools.
Every canvas is then gessoed and sanded, then tinted with one more coating of the base color.
Hand Built Stretchers
Once the painting is completed and dried, I remove the canvas from the backing board, and stretch it onto a hand-made stretcher. I craft each stretcher from 1×2″ pine wood lengths; the actual depth is 1.5″. I then mitre cut each “stick”, and glue and nail the corners. The glue is simple, non-toxic Elmer’s carpenter’s glue. All stretchers have glued and nailed corner braces and larger stretchers have either one or two cross braces. This ensures structural integrity and minimizes warping. The fascia of each stretcher is perfectly smooth and the corners are planed and sanded.
In the case of paintings on wooden panels, each panel edge is made from 1×2″ pine wood lengths; the actual depth is 1.5″. Each corner is mitered, glued and the corners are nailed. The glue is simple, non-toxic Elmer’s carpenter’s glue. All panels have glued and nailed corner braces and larger panels have corner and cross braces. This ensures structural integrity and minimizes warping. The fascia of each panel is engineered laminated wood, for proven durability. Panels are sanded perfectly smooth and the corners and edges are glued, then planed and sanded as well. Nail holes are filled with natural wood putty and sanded smooth. Then the panel is primed with gesso and is ready to paint.
Gallery Wrapped, Finished Edges, Wired and Ready to Hang
The edges of my paintings are always finished, for a professional look. Either the painted image wraps around the edges, or the edges are painted with a complimentary dark color found in the painting. I then attach hanging wire and label the painting with the date and title on the back in archival ink. The painting will be varnished before shipping. For varnishing details see this page.
Your painting is an original, finished, ready-to-hang art object suitable for any environment, one that I hope you will be proud of and pass on to your heirs to be enjoyed for multiple generations.