In 2005 I drew one of the first of several portraits of my wife Jennifer. I used charcoal and made the picture in one of several sketchbooks I kept in college. About a year ago I found the picture in my closet where I keep many old drawings. I decided to frame it in oak (which I stained, to give an aged appearance). I usually avoid stain unless a customer requests it, but in this case the stain replicates the finish achieved by fuming the oak with ammonia.
Like all the frames I make now, I reinforced the corners with 1/8 inch thick splines (see below), cut on the table saw. The picture dimensions are approximately 11" by 14".
J0hn Hunter Speier
Recent work, and explorations of techniques, aesthetics and poetics.