Smith Coleman, owner of Coleman Fine Art, is one of few framers skilled in the arts of gilding and frame restoration. He is a perfectionist and enjoys the meticulous work involved in bringing deteriorating frames back to their original state.

Smith is a member of the Society of Gilders, an organization that provides master gilders with the opportunity to pass on their knowledge to novice framers. The members also donate their talents to various community projects. As a member of the Society of Gilders, he is constantly informed about the best gilding techniques available.

Exhibited in the Society of Gilders Exhibition at the Smithsonian September 21-28, 2008. 23 Karat water gilt over pastiglia with punch work and heavy distressing.