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Meet Doug Spencer of Parallel Lines Framing & Design in Capital Hill

Today we’d like to introduce you to Doug Spencer.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a self-taught artist. I began exploring layering glass and acrylic 17 years ago around the time I began framing art professionally. My art and framing have grown alongside each other. Now I run a small framing business and make experimental art using smoke, mica, iron oxides, and other natural elements.

Has it been a smooth road?
I dedicated many years of my life to playing music and working for other people, so the struggle initially was finding the time to make art for myself and create the space for that to exist. Now that I run a business, I am in control of my schedule and I’m lucky enough to have the flexibility to prioritize painting when I want to.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Parallel Lines Framing & Design aims to provide top quality custom framing at a reasonable price. Framing a beloved piece of art is an investment and I try to guide people through that process in a casual setting. I love helping artists frame multiple pieces cohesively for shows or clients. I also take conservation seriously and enjoy framing in such a way that will preserve art for years to come. Without a traditional storefront, I run my business by appointment and that allows me to devote as much time as needed to design and discuss options until everyone is happy and the art is perfect. In terms of my own art, I “paint” with smoke, a process I have developed over many years of experimenting. Currently, I am tending toward surrealist imagery and contemporary abstracts that utilize layers to create three-dimensional effects.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
The business of framing and selling art ebbs and flows with the economy so for now, things are going well. I recognize, however, that when funds are low art is not always a priority. Being located near the Golden Triangle and various art museums is beneficial to me. Denver sees itself as an art-forward city but it can be difficult to thrive in a place that continues to get more expensive. That is the struggle of the creative class. Framing art is a beautiful trade and I will keep doing it as long as people value their art enough to preserve it. I will always make art, hopefully, it will continue to have an audience here and elsewhere. Currently, I am showing a series at Alto Gallery in Denver (4345 W. 41st Ave) through May 2019.

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Hayley Helmericks

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