Our Frame of Mind

A collection of tips, framing techniques and artist insights.

Artist Profile: Elaine Mickel, Mother’s Day Special Feature

“A work of art is as inexplicable to me as a working relationship. How it came to be is a mystery to me , but I enjoy its presence. The process of work is a stimulating conversation between me and what occurs on the drawing surface. There is no chatter – attention and involvement are paramount. I control the process but I do not direct it. I must leave myself open to the voice.” - Elaine Mickel

April 26, 2022

Artist Profile: Claude Larson

Claude Larson is a fiber, acrylic and mixed media artist. For over two decades, she has been working with—and producing her own—textiles and papers using paint, dye and various forms of surface design, all from her New Jersey studio. 

March 18, 2022

Artist Profile: Dave Frieder

Dave Frieder has been photographing New York’s bridges since 1993, combining precision with art to represent his long-time fascination with these engineering marvels.

February 25, 2022

Artist Profile: Cynthia Pierson

Artist and instructor Cynthia Pierson enjoys painting in watercolor but absolutely loves working in pastel. Without any brushes or instruments between herself and the color—just a stick of pure pigment—she feels a sense of exhilaration from this art form.

February 4, 2022

Artist Profile: Al Navarre

Al Navarre has been a premier designer as well as branding and marketing specialist in Toledo, OH, for over 50 years. Since 1972, he has been an industry leader, and his work has impacted design and branding worldwide. Today, he also works as a professional artist in the mixed media arena.

January 9, 2022