Santa Barbara's Finest Picture Framers
Richard & Dyana:
Having over 40 years experience combined in custom frame design and construction, Richard and Dyana are pleased to offer traditional frames, closed cornered frames, carved and gilded gold frames, silver frames, vintage and contemporary wood frames, metal, acrylic and special fabrication projects. Museum standards, preservation and conservation framing are standard. Object boxes as well as sculpture bases and enclosures are also available.
Originals, and original prints by the following artists we have framed include: Pissarro, Chagal, Fantin-Latour, Lockwood de Forest, Ed Moses, Sam Francis, Henry Moore, Picasso, Man Ray, Stael, Dali, Rauschenberg, Warhol, Frankenthaler, Siqueiros, Tamayo, Tobey, Thomas Hart Benton, Krasner, Appel, Dine, Matta, Oldenberg, Tapies, Nevelson, Rosenquist, Karen Fedderson, Mary Heebner, America Martin, Thomas Van Stein, Pamela Larsson-Toscher and more. We also specialize in vintage Japanese wood block prints and Tibetan Thangkas.
The cat, Sophia, does not live at the studio, but does inspire us often.
A fine art distributor, fine print dealer and artist’s representative for over 30 years, Richard has also owned and operated a gallery with custom framing near the Pacific Design Center in L.A. serving the architectural and design trades, and a gallery and custom frame shop in Ojai, CA. Currently he imports museum quality paintings from Bali. Richard specializes in creative, unusual and sometimes challenging design. Being an artist himself, his background also includes experience in custom automobile and motorcycle restoration, frame manufacturing design, interior design, and working with art in corporate and public spaces. Richard also takes pleasure in education about art and framing and has lectured at local colleges as well as private seminars.
With over 15 years experience in all aspects of custom frame design and construction, it is Dyana's attention to detail that lets her customer know that they, and their treasured art, are being respected and cared for. Dyana’s mantra is quality, and she will not compromise a job and forfeit “doing it right” under any circumstances. She has experience framing pastels, works on paper, animation cells, unprimed and exotic canvases, silk scarves, vintage tapestries, needlework with expert lacing, giclee prints, photographs and a variety of other mediums.
"Richard & Dyana have done all of my mounting and framing over the past several years. They are both so competent and nice to work with and they do first rate beautiful work.
Richard takes his time to work with me in selecting the right and best choice of frame, mat, glass and any other detail in the mounting of each piece. It is a process that can be challenging and time consuming, but Richard makes it easy and the outcome is always good. Whatever I bring into their studio, no matter whether it's an oil painting, water-color, portrait on wood, or an embroidery on fabric, they help me with each piece to make the selection process enjoyable and satisfying.
Richard has an amazing eye and knows his materials well. He can see a subtle color in the work and enhance the piece with a mat color. He's helped me put together the very best possible choice in materials for whatever the particular piece we're working on. The process can be complex to get it right. Richard is patient and he has the experience to suggest various alternatives. He makes the process pleasant and easy.
They have a wide variety of high quality affordable framing materials in the shop. I love the museum quality UV protective glass because it's so clear and preserves the work so that it wont fade.
Importantly also, Richard also takes into consideration my budget and works with me to get what I need and can afford.
Dyana is an experienced and meticulous framer who takes considerable and loving care with each piece. Everything Dyana does is the highest quality of workmanship. The mounts are sturdy, wire strong and in the exact right place, the protective a backing is applied to last and keeps bugs out.The frame hooks she gives me for each piece are high quality. Dyana also mounted for me two embroidered works which are so nicely done, and not wriggling out of shape inside their frames.
I feel so happy with Richard & Dyana's beautiful first rate work.
Thank you so much!