Front Street Shade by Ben Saber
As a child in France, Benjamin’s gift was recognized by his teachers, and under their tutelage, he received training and more importantly, encouragement. In 1977 as a young man Ben moved to Washington D.C. and traveled to the South, the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest. He continued his studies at the University of Washington, where he studied under Jacob Lawrence. However, Seattle’s inclement climate stifled Ben’s penchant for plein air, so he moved to Hawaii.
He traveled the islands painting as he went until he finally settled in Maui in 1995. There he achieved considerable success with his bright, affordable impressionistic images. “If people feel good when they view my paintings, then we share a common enthusiasm. I portray my visions on canvas with a degree of artistic license. Why not? Otherwise I might just as well take photographs. I am definitely not a realist. If you must classify me, I would describe myself as a romantic modern impressionist”. – Ben Saber
What is a Mirrored Print & Gallery Wrap?
Canvas for Gallery Wrap
Take a good look at your print. The edges are mirrored, so that, the complete image is shown on the face of the frame once it is wrapped. In other words, You don’t lose any of the artwork. Our 2½” mirrored borders, allow your finished product to have a variety of thickness up to 2” deep. Therefore, make sure you choose an experienced framer who can make the frame to the exact specs of your custom print.
Hand-made Rattan Frames
Though the design has changed over the years, we commission these Rattan frames through a small family owned company in The Philippines. Your frame is the result of trial and error of the last 20 years! Rattan is a vine-like Palm that requires forest cover in order to thrive. Rattan grows throughout the jungle for over a quarter of a mile. Its trunk can span a diameter of over two inches down to the thickness of a human hair. The harvester’s collection process is performed by hand by a simple machete. Ultimately, the rattan vine cannot survive without the forest. Rattan quickly regenerates. As a result, this method of harvesting protects the destruction of the forest.