From posters to Picassos and everything in between, Randy Ross Custom Framing and Fine Art is able to frame whatever comes its way.
Randy Ross has had years fine-tuning his craft in the framing business before arriving at 1022 Main St. in downtown Lafayette.
“When I was in high school, one of my first jobs was for a paint and decorating place. The sold paints, carpeting, decorating and they had a frame shop. That’s where I learned the basics,” he said. “I had been working for another framer about 17 or 18 years ago and decided that I wanted to start my own business. I started at 1010 Main St. where I had 2200 square feet and I stayed there for about seven or eight years. After the kids moved out, I was able to bring some equipment home to a lower level where I actually do the work. This is more of an office are for me where I meet clients.”
Ross described what he enjoys about his work.
“I like meeting the people. I get to meet a lot of really nice people and frame some amazing artwork,” he said. “A Purdue student who had a big snake came in one time. I framed its skin for her. I’ve framed original John Lennon sketches, Picasso and everywhere in between. Nothing is ever the same so the job isn’t tedious. I see a lot of different stuff and don’t see the same things all the time.”
Being a veteran of the framing business, Ross has seen a lot of change over the years.
“From when I started, the materials and equipment have advanced so much as far as archival. There is acid-free and things that don’t damage the artwork. The glass glazing is so amazing now and the mat boards to the backing are so archival now it is reasonable to do,” he said. “People bring me pieces that were done 20 or 25 years ago and there is a fair amount of damage done from the UV rays, light and acid in the materials. Now when I do something it can be opened in 50 or 100 years and it is going to be just as it was when it was put in.”
Ross does much of his work by appointment and can be contacted at 765-420-0227. He is in the office Wednesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ross attributes his success to his clients for keeping him in business all these years. He described what a day can be like at the shop.
“You never know what will happen. I could sit here all day and no one will come,” he said. “There are other days where several people will come and they’ll have to wait. It’s hard to judge what is going to happen each day.”
The types of items Ross works with come from a wide variety of people from different walks of life and is prepared for whatever comes his way.
“My customer base is really varied. I have people that come in who are anywhere from high school and college students who come in with a rock and roll poster to expensive pieces of art,” Ross said. “I do a lot of sports stuff too like jerseys. I do a fair amount with Purdue with athletics and research as well. It is a fun aspect of the business.”