Fine artwork by our featured artists, painted with Dynasty and Black Gold artist brushes.
Having begun her studies in commercial art at Ivy Tech., Shar Sosh moved on to the Art Institute of Chicago. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, France, Norway, and Tunisia, including annual shows in Paris since 1989 at the Salon Collectif Des Artistes; Gallery LaSalle in South Bend, Indiana; the South Bend Regional Museum of Art; Galerie Fabienne Guex in Paris; Atlas Galleries in Chicago; Rice and Falkenberg Galleries in Palm Beach; The Millenium Presidential Inaugural Ball Washington D. C. 1997; the Forum des Halles in Paris; and the Les Carroz in Mont-Blanc; her work has been featured on the cover of Paris-Montmartre magazine. Her paintings in private and corporate collections, include NBC Studios and Radio City Music Hall, both in New York City; The White House, Washington D. C.; Kingswood International in Hong Kong; and P.A.M. in Sandnes, Norway.
Lori Lynn Bollinger is a painter, scenic artist, educator, and blogger based in Pittsburgh, PA. She has an AS in Fine Art, a BFA in Art and Design with a minor in Art History, and has completed MBA course work in Arts and Entertainment Management. She is a proud member of the Guild of Scenic Artists. Lori has painted for some of the most prestigious theatres and universities in the US including Yale School of Drama, Yale Repertory Theatre, Florida State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Glimmerglass Festival, Goodspeed Musicals, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Pittsburgh Public Theater, University of Pittsburgh, and Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse. She has served as adjunct faculty at Florida State University’s School of Theatre, Point Park University, and the University of Pittsburgh. When she isn’t up to her elbows in paint, Lori likes to cook, work on her house, and sit on the porch swing with her husband and two children.
Angela Anderson is an artist, designer, educator, author and demonstrator. A mixed-media and multi-talented artist, Angela Anderson sees the beauty in everything and it shows in her art. Painting is Angela’s forte’ but she dabbles in many styles of art and most crafts. Her work has been featured in books, magazines, on television and various featured sites on internet. She has worked for many leading companies in the craft industry and her work features the latest trends and products. Angela’s love of people, passion for education and product knowledge make her a popular teacher in both the private and public sector.
I live in beautiful Penticton, British Columbia, Canada with my recently retired husband and 2 fur children. My husband and I have spent the past 2 years renovating my husband’s child hood home that was built by his father in 1946. My painting journey began in 1990. From the first time I picked up a brush I was hooked. I painted for craft sales and taught classes at Michaels for 5 years. Since then I have gone on to be one of the original-founding members of Painting with Friends, the brainchild of my friend Terrye French. Terrye French is my greatest inspiration and I credit Terrye French’s encouragement and friendship for all of my success. Sadly Terrye passed away in November 2014, she left a very large hole in my heart. With her family’s support I have continued on with the Painting with Friends and am very honored to continue my designs in her memory.
I am very proud to be a DecoArt Helping Artist and an FM Dynasty Brush Artisan. My designs can be found in several back issues of Paintworks and Paint-it-Today Magazines as well as Bear with Us, Viking Wood Crafts, Cabin Crafters, CD Wood, Stockade and Artist Club. My first book was a joint venture with Terrye French for Painting with Friends called “Painting with Friends”. My second book and my first on my own is called and “A Touch of Primsey” was released in 2013. I released my second book “A Touch of Primsey 2” at the 2015 Las Vegas Painting convention in 2015.
Watch for some “how to” videos using some of my favorite tools and products in 2015 and 2016, along with projects in the new Pixelated Palette Online Magazine, Artist Club, Viking Woodcrafts, Patricia Rawlinson, Cupboard Distributing and Bear with Us. I have several conventions planned for 2016 including Vegas, HOOT and Seattle. If you are planning to attend any these, please stop by and say hi.
“I love the Dynasty Black Gold Series, The Decorator Series Mops and Dome blenders. I use Eye of the Tiger brushes for when I paint with Decoart Chalky Finish paints. The 1″ & 2” White Bristle Palmers are great, and the 1″ filbert is my very favorite.”
Surrounded with the beautiful china paintings by her grandmother and photograph paintings by her mother, Jillybean grew up in a world of arts and crafts. Jillybean is a nick name for Jill and was affectionately called this by her family and friends since she was a little girl.
Today Jill is internationally recognized as a top designer, travel instructor, author and graphic artist. Her popular teaching methods and easy to learn painting techniques have been incorporated into instructional materials, educational seminars, videos and online classes. She actively teaches at painting conventions and art groups throughout the USA. Jill has been using and actively promoting Dynasty brushes since 2003 when she was introduced to the vast variety and high quality of brushes available.
” Black Gold is what I use for most of my acrylic paintings since it has both specialty brushes and normal shapes in a vast array of shapes and sizes. There is something for every style of painting. I use them with all mediums and can count on the quality. “
A Native Montréaler, LK Glickman has been painting and drawing since she could hold an implement. She studied at Rhode Island School of Design for her BFA. Her work is in private collections in both the US and in Canada. She exhibits her work professionally and has taught art for many years in Montreal area schools.
Aside from human figures, her work frequently depicts animals – the other great love of her life, but whatever the subject, the chief characteristic of her work is rich layers of colour. The artist believes that colour should speak, appear to move, and have a life of its own independent of — while at the same time related to — the subject portrayed.
She is particularly entranced with the effect of light on colour, and aspires to get a sense of light and shadow, a feeling of the time of day or season, and evoke the mood colours can create. She loves the subtleties and nuances you can create with brushwork and drips. She generally works from a combination of life, memory, and photographs that she has taken herself.
Tom Jones began painting at an early age and has had many years of study, some with well known artists. Two of Tom’s favorite western artists are Thomas Moran and Charles M. Russell. A resident of Central Florida, Tom has been commissioned by government agencies, corporations, environmental groups, clubs and private collectors. In answer to popular demand, he typically produces his watercolor landscapes in a series of three or five paintings around a specific theme.
His art can be found internationally in many private and corporate collections, including commissioned paintings displayed in the Florida State Capitol Building, Walt Disney World Corporation, the Omni Corporation and Museums. Tom’s work has been featured in many books, magazine articles, posters and brochures.
Tom shares his passion for art and love of nature with students of varying skill levels through international workshops, demonstrations, instructional watercolor books and DVDs.
“I am a story teller. I tell stories with my paintings 10of places I have been and things I have seen. I believe that a painting should not only tell a story, but should have a story behind it. All my paintings do.”
I’m a wife, mom, artist, designer and teacher. I love to paint and create and try to do so just about every day. I enjoy sharing my passion for creating and painting as often as I can. I am a Helping Artist with DecoArt, Inc. and a Dynasty Artisan. In 2014, I accepted the position of Editor in Chief of Interactive Artist Magazine, on online publication reaching artists in every medium. I teach recurring classes locally, at painting conventions around the country and I’m honored to now add International Teacher to my resume.
“It’s hard to pick just one! I love them all, but my absolute favorites are the Faux Squirrel brushes. I really love the way they feel in my hand. They move well, have a great spring in the bristles and hold paint beautifully. I tend to use them more with Acrylics; however, I’ve just started using them with water soluble oils and think they are perfect for this medium. In addition, they clean up nicely after using the paints and mediums.”
From my earliest recollection, drawing was always a part of my life. When I was two years old, my older brother, Richard, then twelve, placed a pencil in my hand, and offered me a few basic instructions. From that day forward, I drew constantly, sitting in my little corner of our parents’ tiny grocery store. At thirteen, I was apprenticed to Mrs. Austin Angle, and began an intense study of the techniques of the masters of the Renaissance and Baroque. I was granted an academic scholarship to the University of Tampa where I advanced my skills in pencil drawing and oil painting, primarily in portrait painting. I have been teaching art full time for over 25 years now and have found my love of teaching greater than my love for creating art.
My commissioned portraits grace the walls of corporate and private collections. Of note are the Royal Portraits of the Knights of Sant’Yago, Tampa, Florida; several executive portraits for the Dun and Bradstreet Plan Services Division; Bishop Joseph Bethea and Mrs. Shirley Bethea, for the Lake Junaluska Assembly in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina; and, most recently, the Abbot Isaac Camacho of St. Leo’s Abbey in Pasco, County, Florida.! In September of 2010, in St. Augustine, Florida, an oil portrait I painted of my ancestor, the oldest city’s founder, Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, was permanently installed at the Mission Nobre de Dios Museum, in St. Augustine, Florida. The portrait hangs above my ancestor’s empty casket, which is the centerpiece of the museum.
I am also an accomplished book illustrator. In 1990, I was contracted by Millennium Publishing to illustrate the graphic novel adaptation of horror novelist Anne Rice’s New York Times #1 Best Seller, “The Mummy;” “The Wild Wild West;” “Nosferatu: the Plague;” “Weird Tales” and “Doc Savage”. Recently completed commissions for book illustrations include the children’s book series “Gracie’s Garden,” “Twisty Root,” “The 1000 Years,” “Jasper the Jumping Grasshopper” and the “Little Tiger With the Itchy Stripe,” all by author Jamie Mock; “The Letter Characters of Alphabetville,” a reading instructional series by author Veronica Hipps; and “Perilous Paths: The Story of Robert McClellan” by author George McClellan. North Light Books, most likely the largest publisher of art instruction books, recently invited Mark to film seven how-to videos for their online video division. They are available on their website northlightshop.com and artistsnetwork.tv. Also for North Light, I have offered online courses through their Artist Network University site. I now travel teach seminars across the USA. Cathy and I have been married for 41 years, and we enjoy our home in the mountains of North Carolina. We travel together to the many classes, seminars and art expos throughout the nation.
My love for all living things is something that I was born with and it continues to grow on a daily basis. Each living species is unique in its own right. They think, feel, hurt, feel happy and sad and have all the emotions that we as humans have.
I have created art for reproduction on porcelain collectables, written 8 books on painting, made how to videos and cd’s, won awards, written articles, hung my work in galleries, painted portraits for celebrities, taught at a Washington state college for 15 years, taught at all of the major painting conventions and travel taught all over the United States and Canada and worked with and met many wonderful people. I feel I have a gift that needs to be shared and by sharing this gift I can teach each student a little about the animals that we love so much.
I am a self-taught artist and am a non- conformist as I paint what I like the way I want to and do not care what is in fashion or popular. I paint from the heart for me.
My work with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International continues as I try to bring awareness to the peril of the great Mountain Gorillas through my paintings. I work to help other endangered species as well.
“The medium that I use is Deco Art Traditions Acrylics and I use (exclusively) the Dynasty Black Gold series brushes. I use the Wave brushes to do the fur and hair on my paintings. I used the Wave brush on the horses mane in the attached photo of my latest painting “Cherokee” and also on the feathers. My students are amazed at the results that they get on their paintings using all of the Black Gold Brushes. There is no substitute for the quality and performance of these high quality brushes.”
Tracy Moreau has been a has been a Dynasty Artistan Since 2006, she is a classically trained Artist, educated in Europe, Canada and the United States, with 35 years of experience. Tracy’s artwork is a combination of Fine Art, Faux Finishing and the Decorative Arts, which gives her work a unique style, cultivated from a great many influences. Her sense of humor and relaxed approach to teaching endear her to the students she teaches, creating an atmosphere of fun and unabashed creativity.
Miguel Rincon has spent the last 20 years working in the world of arts and decorative painting across Mexico and has participated in the key artist and decorative painting conventions throughout North and South American, as well as artist communities around the globe. Miguel can always be found promoting the Mexican and international artist brush techniques, and has extended his teaching across all of Mexico, in North & South America, as well as throughout Europe.
Miguel is often invited to the major artist networks where in addition to teaching painting techniques, he conducts interviews with diplomats within Mexico to promote international culture in a segment entitled “The Corner by Miguel – Brush the World”. Miguel is well known and respected globally as an exceptiona artist and promoter of international culture.
Miguel holds workshops and seminars as a DecoArt Certified Art Instructor. The art seminars are for students who are beginners, intermediate and advanced. Miguel offers a wide range of artist brush techniques in decorative painting, basic and traditional brushstrokes of different countries of the world, faux painting techniques, and application of polyester-type resin.
Laurie Speltz grew up in a small rural community in Northeast Iowa. New Hampton was a great place to grow up. It was large enough to offer many opportunities, in and out of school, and small enough to enjoy the simple pleasures of good friends and family.
Laurie grew to love art, drawing and decorating from an early age. Some of her most cherished memories were of decorating her homeroom for the Christmas open house. As High School yearbook editor she learned layout and also began to contribute her hand drawn cartoons. But as an avid golfer she graduated from College with a degree in Physical Education and for many years had little time to spend on her art.
After many years of teaching and coaching, as well as spending several years working in sales, Laurie decided that art was her true passion and she began to study painting books and magazines and with her sister exhibit their painted wares at craft shows. They were well received and with Laurie doing the designs and her sister handling the books the business was steadily growing. A pivotal moment came when Better Homes and Gardens Crafts Group contacted Laurie and her sister about doing several patterns for their magazines, and the rest so they say is history
Today, Laurie is a well known tole artist who has her own line of tole books, stencils and other painting related products. Today Laurie is still focused on new designs and is promoting the use of basecoat stenciling to give the artist more time to work on the details. You can find Laurie at many of the major painting conventions teaching and looking for new design ideas.
Annie Strack earned Signature Membership in 8 artist societies including the International Society of Marine Painters and she is an Official Authorized Artist for the U.S. Coast Guard. Annie’s designs as a commercial artist have been used in hotels, restaurants, retailers, and other businesses for decades. An experienced drafter, she has created architectural renderings for dozens of architects and contractors, which have been reproduced in numerous publications. Her paintings are exhibited throughout the world and have been featured in over 20 solo shows. She’s the author of The Artists Guide to Business & Marketing, and since 2005 she’s been a contributing editor for Professional Artist Magazine. She is the producer and host of the incredibly popular Painting Seascapes in Watercolor, which is broadcast on television stations worldwide and also available on DVD. She teaches painting at Artists Network University, and she travels around the world to teach workshops, jury art exhibits, & paint en plein air. Her artwork has received hundreds of awards and hangs in over 1,000 collections worldwide including USCG, U.S. Navy, U.S. Pentagon, U.S. Senate, Veterans Administration, and many more. She volunteers on the Boards of various national artist societies and organizes juried shows, plein air events, workshops, programs, & fundraising.
“I love the #24 Orange Ice and use it for most of my watercolor paintings. The large size holds lots of fluid while maintaining a sharp point, so I can make long sweeping uninterrupted brushstrokes. I’ve been using these brushes for quite a while now, and find them to be perfect “go to” brush for watercolorists. The brush is large and holds a huge amount of water and paint, and yet it keeps a sharp point to paint fine details. The synthetic hairs have spring and bounce and yet have a wonderful softness that is perfect for painting all types of watercolor techniques. This brush is an important item on my supply list for students to bring to my classes and workshops, and I highly recommend it to all artists of every skill level!”
Tracy Weinzapfel is a full-time licensed artist and Teacher who enjoys creating pieces using all types of mediums. Her energy and passion for sharing and teaching art is something that drives her daily. She hosts an online class called Mixed Media Monday and shares her creative process to inspire others to find their creative side. Mixed media is her art of choice and loves being in her studio using all mediums, including acrylics, watercolors and more in order to captures life’s precious moments. She is proud to be a DecoArt and now Dynasty Brush Artisan. Whether it is online via workshops or face-to-face at trade shows and workshops Tracy enjoys bringing a unique and carefree approach to teaching.
Originally from Michigan, Tracy now resides and enjoys sunny California with her husband and a house full of teenagers (ages 20, 19, 14 and 14). What you see is what you get with Tracy. Life is never boring and she lives on the creative edge all the time. Look for her adventures on her blog: www.tracyweinzapfelstudios.com/blog.
“Do Something Creative Every Day” is the quote on her wall that she lives by!
Are you a Fine Artist, Decorative Painter, Plein Air Artist ? No matter what your area of focus we are convinced that you will be able to create extraordinary works of art just as our Dynasty Artists have been able to achieve around the world with our Dynasty/Black Gold artist brushes. We invite you to immerse yourself in the exquisite art work of Glenice Moore, Jill Fitzhnery, Miguel Rincon, Shar Sosh, Tracy Moreau, Irena Mehldau and many more artists.
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