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Beauty's Comfort

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

As well as fun, celebration, joy and laughter all of our lives are also touched by difficulty, pain, challenge and loss. There is not one of us who can escape it. Some of us try to push it down and hide or ignore it, others wallow in it and refuse to notice the sun breaking through the clouds. Yet somehow we must learn to live in the tension recognizing and accepting both the good and the painful things that exist in our world and in our lives. For me, I find great consolation in beauty.

True beauty flourishes in places of pain whether it be a lone flower springing to life following a wildfire or the selfless act of another person caring for someone in need. Beauty seems to accept the reality of both dimensions. You can often feel the sadness when you look at something of great beauty and yet at the same time it gives a sense of comfort and even hope. Beauty seems to say, "I understand. I see your pain and feel it too, yet live in hope for all shall be well." As well as fun, celebration, joy and laughter all of our lives are also touched by difficulty, pain, challenge and loss. There is not one of us who can escape it. Some of us try to push it down and hide or ignore it, others wallow in it and refuse to notice the sun breaking through the clouds. Yet somehow we must learn to live in the tension recognizing and accepting both the good and the painful things that exist in our world and in our lives. For me, I find great consolation in beauty. True beauty flourishes in places of pain whether it be a lone flower springing to life following a wildfire or the selfless act of another person caring for someone in need. Beauty seems to accept the reality of both dimensions. You can often feel the sadness when you look at something of great beauty and yet at the same time it gives a sense of comfort and even hope. Beauty seems to say, "I understand. I see your pain and feel it too, yet live in hope for all shall be well.". Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Beauty's Comfort print

The print only option is the most affordable route to go. It is just what it sounds like: prints on high quality archival photographic paper without any mounting or framing. One of the benefits of going this route is that you can bring them to your local frame shop to have the matted and framed exactly as you like. Prints are also great if you are in a hurry as they usually arrive in 5-7 days from the time of order.

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Plaque

Plaque

This mounting option is by far our most popular format. It is both durable and beautiful. It allows the images to reveal an almost three dimensional quality creating the impression of actually being there. This is because there is almost no glare or reflection such as you find with even the most expensive types of glass. An additional benefit is that the artwork is very durable and can even be cleaned with a soft damp cloth. The artwork also resists fading because it has UV protection. When you order a plaque from us, they arrive ready to hang.

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Plaque on Plaque

Plaque on Plaque

This is my favorite style for displaying a plaque mounted print and is a great way to make your plaque stand out, particularly if you have a wall color that is similar to the image. What we do is create another plaque, completely black, which is larger than the picture plaque. This large back plaque floats off your wall using a French Cleat. Then, the picture plaque is attached to the back plaque with another French Cleat. The result is a very three-dimensional feel as the photo seems to float off the of back plaque which itself is floating off of the wall. This is a great way to create a centerpiece image as it always attracts a lot of attention. I generally have one of these right as you come into the door in my gallery. 

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Matted Plaque

Matted Plaque

For many years we offered prints matted behind a suede mattboard. While they provided an affordable price point, they needed to be put behind glass to properly display them, but this took so much away from the aesthetic experience. So, we've begun upgrading to a new product which we are calling a "matted plaque". It comes in the same sizes and looks very much like our matted prints, but now no longer requires glass to protect the print. This new product has a lot more dimensionality as well since the print portion is actually raised off of the matboard. We think you are going to like it. It is a much higher quality product and costs us quite a bit more to produce, but we've kept the price fairly close to our previous matted print pricing. It therefore works out to be a very good deal for you and is a product we are proud of. Our matted plaques are created to standard sizes (8x10, 11x14, 16x20) so that pre-made frames can be purchased affordably from stores like Target, Michael, Hobby Lobby, etc. Matted plaques are custom made when you place an order and so you can expect it to take about 2 weeks from the time you order until the time you receive it.

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Canvas

Canvas

After years of not offering canvas, we have finally found a canvas product that meets our quality standards. Not only is the printing of extremely high quality but these canvas prints are coated with the same UV protective laminate as our plaques, protecting them and allowing you to wash them with a damp cloth. These prints are wrapped around a solid box, rather than a stretcher frame, resulting in a product which will not sag in the middle or be easily damaged in transit. The edges are 1 1/2" thick with the image mirrored on the edges. It is a beautiful product which you are sure to enjoy. Expect 3 weeks to receive our order. 

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You can order prints in various formats such as print only, plaque, framed plaque, acrylic or matted. Upon special request, we also offer our prints in canvas.

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Satisfaction Guaranteed

I am confident that you will be pleased with the quality of these prints, so I offer a full refund (not including postage) for any product returned in new condition within 10 days of receipt.