David Allison is a painter and co-founder of Allison & Ross Fine Art Services. Before moving to Seattle in 1969, he was employed at the Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago) as an exhibit designer and preparator. During this time, David also apprenticed with conservator Endre Vitez. When David moved to Seattle, he set up both a painting studio and a custom framing and art restoration business. In 1995, David was joined by Carey Ross to found Allison & Ross Fine Art Services. This partnership allowed the business to expand, and several employees who are also practicing artists joined Allison & Ross. The staff now includes departments for archival framing, custom milling and fine hardwood finishes, gilding, art installation, collections management, appraisals, and painting conservation and restoration.
Carey Ross has a background in both architectural and interior design. Prior to Allison & Ross Fine Art Services, she worked for the architectural firm of Don Wald and Associates in Monterey, California and as an interior design assistant for Jan Gardner Interior Design in Carmel, California. After relocating to the Pacific Northwest, she joined the architectural firm of Easters and Kittle. In 1995, Carey Ross joined David Allison in establishing Allison & Ross Fine Art Services. Carey and David are committed to a high level of personal service, making sure clients' aesthetic visions are realized and artwork is cared for with the most up to date conservation materials and methodologies. Carey also oversees collections management for both private and nonprofit clientele. Carey is an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers and a member of ArtTable, a national organization of professional women in the arts.
Sarah Takahashi has nearly two decades of experience in fine art services, with a focus in art services project management. She holds a BFA from Ball State University and has trained under master gilder Richard Boerth in period frame restoration and gilding. At Allison & Ross, Sarah manages projects related to the display and protection of fine art. Sarah specializes in collections management for private and nonprofit clients and municipalities. Sarah is also a mixed media portrait and figurative artist, maintaining her painting practice out of her home studio.
Susan Martin oversees all aspects of frame production at Allison & Ross, ensuring that best practices in art preservation and display are upheld in the woodshop, gilding, and fitting departments. Susan has nearly a decade of experience in frame design and production at galleries and picture frame shops across Seattle. She holds a degree in Linguistics from Western Washington University and a certificate in Museum Studies from UW. Susan’s abiding interest in artwork preservation and handling means she keeps Allison & Ross up to date on the latest conservation practices in regards to mounting and materials. Susan also maintains an art practice focusing on letterpress, relief printing, typography, and graphic design.
Gilder and Fine Finisher
As a gilder and finisher, Mark works to protect and enhance the artwork that is brought into Allison & Ross. From designing samples to putting the finishing tones and protective layers on a completed project, his hope is that our work can best complement and serve the artwork at hand. Mark notes, "The focus on craftsmanship informs my work both in the gilding studio and in my art studio. I am pleased to be a working and exhibiting artist here in the Northwest for over the last 25 years."
Fitting Department Manager
Matt Nims has worked in fine art framing and fitting for over 30 years. He started working with high value art at Drummond Framing in New York City. After returning to Seattle in 1990, Matt worked at Plasteel Frames and Artech. Matt specializes in fitting, and along the way he has acquired skills in art hinging, matting and mounting, frame joining, and glazing. Matt is also a longtime music producer and musician, regularly performing in Seattle with his bands Lushy and Gigantor.
Eric Eschenbach has been practicing art restoration for Allison & Ross in Seattle for over 15 years. He is an artist who applies his skills of color matching and painting, as well as his knowledge of art history and traditional painting techniques, to painting restoration. When restoring a painting, the utmost care is taken to maintain the artist’s intent and all procedures are done to the strictest of conservation standards. Eric’s website is http://www.ericeschenbach.com.
Dave Proscia brings his background in theater lighting and set design to his work as an art handler at Allison & Ross. He has experience in all aspects of art installation and transportation, including crating and shipping, rigging and overheight work, and sculpture maintenance. Dave also has experience in designing and building display solutions for art in a variety of mediums. “One of my favorite parts of being an art handler,” Dave notes, “is bringing the qualities inherent in a piece of art together with those of a great display solution, so the enjoyment can be fully realized.” Dave is currently working on opening a non-profit art performance space in Georgetown dedicated to providing affordable rehearsal space for artistic collaboration and experimentation.