Have you ever wondered if there’s a right or a wrong way to frame a piece of art? How do you choose the correct size, colour or type of frame? Well, rest assured it’s a problem many people struggle with, especially if they’ve already spent a lot of money of the artwork itself. Whilst choosing the right frame can be a subjective process, I’ve discovered a few golden rules that can be extremely helpful in guiding your decision.


1.First and foremost, always choose a frame that works for the painting, not the décor in your room.
This is not to say you shouldn’t also consider the room where the painting will hang – you should – but the primary question to ask should be “does this frame complement and focus my attention on the artwork?” If it does, only then decide if it’s also appropriate for your room.

2. Choose a frame based on the type of artwork
The primary purpose of a frame on an oil or acrylic painting is to focus your attention on the work of art— to complement it and create unified whole that stands alone. The primary purpose of a frame on a work on paper is to provide structure for the protection and presentation of the piece as well as to enhance its appearance.

3. Don’t scrimp on your frame!
Framing is an art in and of itself and just as a good frame choice can greatly enhance the appearance of a work, a poor frame choice can drastically diminish a work.

4. Not every work of art needs to be framed
For contemporary paintings that have canvas wrapped around the sides and back of the frame, no frame is necessary. Artists using this type of canvas mount often continue the painting around the sides or simply paint it a neutral colour.

5. Keep it simple
Choose a frame finish that doesn’t compete with the art in colour or texture. For example, don’t choose a fussy frame with a mottled finish to go with a busy image.

6. Ideally oil paintings should not be covered with glass.
The natural lustre of oil colour is dulled or obscured by glass. So only cover it with glass if you have to.

7. Choose the best glass you can for your budget
Glass protects works on paper from dust and other pollutants, but it can also serve other important functions, such as filtering out UV light, which causes paint to fade. An important decision is to decide on the reflective qualities of the glass. Glass comes in a wide range from (i) regular glass (economical but highly reflective and no UV protection) to (ii) various grades of nonreflective glass (reduced reflection, some UV protection, but these often soften/blur the image) to (iii) museum quality (virtually zero reflection, 100% UV protection, absolutely clear). This glass is expensive, but worth the price. Acrylic glass (Plexiglas) is also available.

I personally feel that if you have an expensive work of art, it’s worth spending extra to present it in the best way possible.

8. Feel free to experiment
A nontraditional painting can look great framed in a hefty, ornate and traditional frame, and a very small painting can take on new importance and become a special gem when placed in an oversized frame

9. Invest some time in your decision
Take the time to make the right selections, as the frame can really make or break a painting. Remember, your artwork could be around for many generations to come.

I’m excited to have recently been elected onto Artfinder. This leading global online gallery, based in New York and London, showcases high quality contemporary art for amateur and professional art collectors alike. Please click on this link to view
And finally a last reminder that prices of my work will increase shortly, so if there are any pieces you’ve had your eye on….

I hope you found this newsletter interesting and please feel free to send me suggestions of art related topics you may like covered in future editions.

Many thanks again for your ongoing support



Skyblaze, Acrylic and oil on canvas


High Trail, Acrylic on canvas board


Distant Headland, Oil on canvas
To purchase work or for any further information, please e-mail me at
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