There’s More Than Meets the Eye

Friends and family often ask me about prints, and how they’re made, so I took a brief video of Eric Bazarnic of Image and Frame in Scottsdale, Arizona actually framing my latest piece, Herradura.

Eric and his wife Lynn do all of my framing. It took me years to find someone who could do the quality work they do. What you don’t see is what happens prior to the video: I take the digital file of my original work, usually around 160-180 megabytes, to Eric. He uploads it onto his water-cooled computer, then adjusts color, contrast, and brightness to what he believes will render the colors as close to the original as possible. Next, we print out a proof and check it against the original. We make any adjustments that are required, and print another proof. The process is repeated until we get it as close as physically possible to the original painting.

Once we’re satisfied we have a really good match, we schedule the printing of as many as I want/need of that piece. The video shows what happens from there. Eric builds the wood frames in house–on either 5/8-inch- or 1.5-inch-depth frames–and then the stretching begins. The piece in the video is a 1.5-inch deep “gallery wrap” print that is normally hung without a frame.

Eric and his wife Lynn do work from beginning-to-end that is near perfection. You can see in the video that he is both efficient and very precise at every step. We do all that we can to ensure that the finished product is as good as it gets. I hope you enjoy watching Eric, and find this video to be interesting!