About Us

Nancie King Mertz is a prolific oil and pastel painter. She averages over 100 paintings a year created both plein air and in her studio. Nancie resides in Chicago and has painted almost every corner of the city. In addition to her Chicago collection she travels a few times a year and has captured everything from Machu Picchu to rural China.

Nancie created Artful Framer Studios over 35 years ago in Arcola, Illinois. In 1987 she brought her business to Chicago where it continues to flourish in its Lakeview location. With expert framers on site every day, Artful Framer Studios offers options for everyone, from ready-made frames to the highest quality Italian handcrafted mouldings. 

Ron Mertz, Nancie's husband, started Art De Triumph in 2000 to meet the demand for quality reproductions of Nancie's paintings. Through custom giclée prints and fine art cards--printed one at a time in his studio to ensure color accuracy--Ron has helped Nancie realize her vision of "making art affordable to everyone."



Owner/Artist/Framer: Nancie King Mertz


Nancie is a prolific Chicago based artist. Focusing on plein air and impressionistic oils and pastels, she's known to "soften the edges of the city". Nancie’s works are constantly praised by judges and artists and she is frequently accepted into exhibitions and competitions worldwide in addition to being featured on many of todays primetime network T.V shows! Nancie received a BFA in painting from U of I and a MA in painting from EIU. Nancie’s background and love for art has set a high standard of care and precision at AFS.

Framer and Conservator: John Links


John joined our team in spring 2014. He has worked in art restoration and framing for 20 years at some of the most reputable companies in Chicago.  He has extensive experience in frame repair, art conservation/restoration, and high-end framing.


Framer: Alexandra Soderberg 


Alex came to us in the fall of 2013. She has a background in art history and currently pursuing a masters in art conservation.



Owner: Ron Mertz


Ron is not only responsible for creating the beautiful giclée prints and managing wholesale accounts, but also provides comedic entertainment to customers and staff. 


Shop Dog: Belle

The pride and joy of the shop and neighborhood.

(camera shy)



2938 N. Clark St.

Chicago IL 60657