Our Family of Framers
Steve "Wheat" Belt & Kristin Terk Belt Proprietors
On a long drive back from the Dallas Safari Club show one rainy afternoon in January 2006, Wheat and I pondered the idea of opening a gallery where people could find the highly collectible works of art by some of our favorite wildlife artist including John Banovich, Robert Bateman, Simon Combs, Carl Brenders, and more. We thought about the Texas artist that we treasured like G. Harvey, Bob Wygant, Ragan Gennusa, and others that offered signed limited editions that can bring storied life and beautiful color into any home or office. And that’s what led to our purchase of an existing custom frame shop in north Austin in 2007. Since we lived in Driftwood….it only made sense to eventually build a south location later that same year. Under the new name FASTFRAME & The Prickly Pear Galleries, business has thrived and we are very proud to have developed such an amazing staff over the years. For those many friends and patrons…we would like to say Thanks for supporting our small business over the years and we hope to see you again soon!
Josh Johnson, CPF (Certified Picture Framer)*
Josh is the resident CPF (certified picture framer) at our North location. Having over thirteen years of custom picture framing experience, Josh has developed a great sense of design, a thorough knowledge of conservation framing, and invaluable production skills that only experience can teach. When projects require non-traditional materials or methods, we rely heavily on Josh's expertise and eye for detail.
Teddy Wallace Framer/Designer
Teddy is the primary designer at our North location. With his eight years of custom picture framing experience, Teddy offers a unique and creative approach to designing and choosing materials for your framing project. There are many different ways to frame the paintings, documents, photographs, etc. that come into the shop, and Teddy has a true talent for explaining these options and helping our clients settle on the best choice for their needs. Teddy earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from VCU in 2005, and is also an accomplished artist and musician.
Jim Fulton, CPF (Certified Picture Framer)*
Has done it all! Jim is our "old master" as some might call..."an eminent artist of an earlier period". There is no doubt that over the past 35+ years Jim has seen most every challenging scenario you could imagine in the world of framing. He has an amazing ability with color and somehow always can find that perfect top mat shade that simply makes the piece pop. Jim is a gentle soul and our customers just love this man. He's special and it's our hope that you will discover it for yourselves.
Matthew Marinari Framer/Designer
Matthew Marinari joined the Fastframe team in September of 2012. This former owner of The Mitre Box in Oakhill brings his 32 years of framing experience to our team every day. Whether designing with clients, picture framing or performing art installations, he stays busy for us as he works at both of our store locations. He calls himself our “framing liaison” as he thought “floater framer” didn’t sound dignified enough! Matthew completed a Bachelors in Art from UT in ’97 and can’t remember a time when color, texture and design didn’t fill his head, heart and hands.
Kurt Westerman Framer/Designer
Kurt Westerman started framing in 2007 in Marble Falls, TX. Since then his passion for custom framing and all art forms has continued to grow throughout the years. From 2010 to 2015 he was awarded best picture framer in the Highland Lakes by the people's choice. He enjoys working with people to create a unique look that complements their art. As a hobby he loves photography which has helped him create a keen eye for color and design.