About Bryan Smith Frames

Bryan Smith Frames is located in the mountains west of Fort Collins, Colorado,

This is a two person shop where we, Bryan and  Allyson Smith, make our frames from scratch and finish them by hand.  We would love to work with you to develop a signature look for your art that will set it apart.  In almost all cases our frames are constructed and carved entirely of wood–no molds or plastics involved–but because we do not maintain a storefront we are able to price our work at incredibly competitive levels.

Bryan has over 20 years’ experience building and finishing the highest quality picture frames. He has framed paintings by French greats such as Jacques-Louis David and famous Americans like Thomas Moran, as well as numerous other masters–both historic and contemporary.

Allyson has a pair of amazing hands and has been making beautiful things her entire life–out of wood, cloth, paint, and so on. In the last several years she has added making picture frames to her list of skills. If you order one of our hand-carved frames, chances are it will be Allyson who builds it and carves it. She is the one who keeps the wheels on the road around this shop. The words Tom Waits once said about his wife are equally applicable to Allyson: “She’s a shiksa goddess and a trapeze artist, all of that. She can fix the truck…she’s outta this world…she’s bold, inventive and fearless. That’s who you wanna go in the woods with, right? Somebody who finishes your sentences for you.”

Originally Bryan learned the art of framing, gilding, and fine finishing during a decade-long tenure at Krieger Ricks, a renowned leader in high quality frames. Most of his time there was spent as the lead finisher and art director. His work there included frames for elite galleries, individual collectors, and painters throughout the country, including many of the frames, mirrors, and furniture that continue to be highlighted on the Krieger Ricks website. Bryan left Krieger-Ricks in 2003 to pursue a Ph.D. in history at the University of Notre Dame, where he continued to build frames for local clients, including Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art.  Now he teaches art history and history at Loveland Classical Schools and enjoys making beautiful frames with Allyson.

This website offers only a small glimpse into the work we do. If you like something you see here, let us know and we can make it for you. If you like a frame style but want a different finish on it, we can do that just as easily. If you want something that you don’t see here, please let us know and we will see what we can do to accomplish your vision.

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