Gilder/Carver/Senior Restoration Specialist
Fred spends almost all of his workday in the atelier and spray booth. He has been in the framing industry for 23 years and has been carving, gilding, and restoring frames for over 17 years. Fred’s meticulous nature serves him well in his specialty of applying ancient techniques to create one-of-a-kind, handmade frames. In 1992, he graduated with a BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he focused on woodcuts and silkscreen.
Fred likes to spend his free time mountain biking and skiing with his wonderful wife. He also enjoys repairing bikes, building bicycle wheels, and creating multimedia art pieces.
Senior Designer/Master Framer
Gloria has been framing for over 25 years and especially enjoys framing textiles, which not surprising given that two of her hobbies are needlework and quilting. As with the rest of the staff, she’s extremely knowledgeable in Museum/Conservation Framing techniques. She worked at the renowned Platte River Art Services before that company closed its doors, where her favorite project was framing vintage bathing suits and caps.
An accomplished artist herself, Gloria loves animals and nature. In the summer, she spends most of her spare time gardening, when her drawing and painting take a back seat.
Ian has more than 18 years’ experience in the picture framing industry in addition to over 28 years’ experience working with wood and 14 with metal. A native of Edinburgh, Scotland, Ian studied art at the city’s Telford College. In the U.S., he took welding classes in metal art at Mesa College in Arizona and expanded his woodworking repertoire to include wood turning and furniture making.
Ian uses his well-honed metalworking skills to create sculptures and other metal artwork that he has sold at art shows in addition to creating mounts, furniture, and welded steel frames for our clients. During his career he has restored paintings; hand colored black & white etchings, lithographs, and letterpress illustrations; built custom shadow boxes and moulding, and applied custom finishes to wood.
Lead Designer/Master Framer
Jeff is likely to be the first person you meet as you enter the store, as he spends most of his day in the design area. He has custom framed all kinds of art for more than 30 years. He trained at Turner Art Gallery in Denver in the early 80’s. At that time, Turner was the oldest gallery and frame shop in Colorado and, according to many, the best. Jeff’s biased but knowledgeable view is that AUM Framing and Gallery/Dry Creek Gold Leaf is now Denver’s finest custom frame shop.
Jeff has led and participated in some of the most incredible projects ever to have passed through any custom frame shop. Our clients know that we routinely do things that other framers won’t even think of trying. As lead designer, Jeff sets the bar for cutting-edge design and execution. He loves being part of a team that possesses such artistic talent and creativity.
When he’s away from the frame shop, Jeff spends time with family and friends, often out on the softball field. Being a Colorado native, he also enjoys all things mountainous.
Katelyn is originally from Cincinnati and moved to Denver to be near family and take advantage of what the city has to offer. She received her Bachelors degree in Art History/Curatorial Studies from the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP (Design, Art, Architecture and Planning) College. Her past work as the assistant registrar at the Kennedy Museum of Art and as a framer at the contemporary gallery, Gallery Veronique, has provided her with a great design background.
If not trekking in the mountains with her dog, you can find her at various music venues or at the breweries around town. She is also a freelance writer for Lifestyle Magazine of Boulder and Highlands Ranch. Her articles cover new car reviews and interviews of musicians and artists.
Nicki’s love for adventure and the outdoors brought her to Denver in 2013. Born and raised in Chicago, she has been a framer since 2007. Nicki worked for one of Chicago’s premier framing companies where she managed the showroom and assisted in corporate art consulting projects.
Nicki believes her current job is a great fit for her because it allows her to do what she does best – frame anything and everything.
She is currently pursuing her BFA in Communication Design at Metro State. When she’s not framing or studying hard, Nicki loves hiking, biking, and enjoying live music.
Trevor spent 30 years running software development teams across the globe. Originally from Blackpool, England, his career brought him to the US in 1982 and to Denver in 2006. His epiphany came in the fall of 2009 when he finally decided that he’d never find the perfect company to work for unless he ran it himself, and so he purchased AUM Framing & Gallery and later Dry Creek Gold Leaf.
Trevor loves traveling (especially to a beach) with his wife, Michelle, good food, wine, and microbrews, possessing a particular fondness for IPAs. He loves muscle and sports cars, fishing, hockey, baseball, and, of course, art, which is why this job is a perfect match for him.