FATHER & SON
In May of 2015, Finn and I purchased the picture framing business from Campbell's Paint, a long time Dearborn fixture where I had been buying paint for years. I was approached by the owner in the parking lot with an offer that I couldn't turn down. 4 months later, we had a garage and a basement filled with over 35 years of frame making equipment, supplies and other shop ephemera. Framing is a personally artisan, organic, practice. No two works are the same. Each piece is unique and needs to be treated as such. To be invited into a dialogue with creative work, in order formalize its presentation and to preserve it, is not something we take lightly. I believe my background as both a practicing artist and art educator, as well as the former exhibition director for the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design (University of Michigan) prepared me for this. Being around the work, participating when appropriate, learning through mentored practice, encouragement, praise, and a good deal of laughter, is preparing Finn for this as well.