Lois’s portrait is stretched on a frame I made myself—in fact, it was the first stretcher frame I had made in years. I learned from James Thompson how to build them when I was in school. Then, as I began to paint for a living, my father, an engineer by trade and a carpenter in his heart of hearts, took on the task of building my stretcher frames. In 2006, I relieved him of this duty when I decided that I wanted to be more flexible about the sizes of my paintings. I am still grateful for the years of technical work that my father put into my paintings.