Picture framing is my third career. First was registered nurse and midwife back in the days when by law you had to resign upon marriage. My second career was as wife and mother of five plus two long term foster children. But my third career, for the last twenty years, is equally satisfying.
When I started at Queensland TAFE the Certificate III in Picture Framing was only a few years old. So began my training and it hasn’t stopped. The professional association, trade publications, trade show and other functions run by suppliers all continue it.
Learning as much as possible is a necessity as new research, materials, methods and technology arise. That is why I tackled the TAFE certificate III, the Certified Picture Framer test and most recently, the Master CPF test, the most demanding of knowledge and skill.
I enjoy picture framing and the challenges presented by different framing jobs. There is more variety of things being brought to the framer these days which keeps framing interesting. I enjoy them all.
The gift of art runs in Lance's family. He recalls seeing his grandfather’s drawings and water colour paintings years back, and is now seeing this skill in his children, and into his grandchildren. After working for more than 36 years in the Australian Customs Service in Brisbane and coastal ports from Gladstone to Broome he took early retirement in 1994 to devote himself to painting professionally. He has won many prizes in competitions over the years and has had nineteen successful solo exhibitions since retirement. He receives regular commission work and invitations to enter joint exhibitions.
Lance works mainly with pen and ink, and watercolour, with occasional forays into oils, acrylics, or mixed media. His preferred subjects are landscapes, seascapes and old buildings, the latter being the subject of many of his commissions.