Remembering Everett Raymond Kinstler

Everett Raymond Kinstler was one of the greatest American portrait artists of our lifetime. Sadly, on Sunday May 26, 2019, Raymond passed away, leaving a legacy that many artists can only dream to achieve.

Although Raymond was best known for his portraiture, he actually started his career as a comic book and magazine illustrator after dropping out of high school. He is credited with influencing pop art style illustration and working on westerns like The Shadow and super hero stories like Doc Savage. Eventually, Raymond sought to expand his artistic knowledge and took some figurative and portrait classes that ultimately changed the trajectory of his career.

Among the many celebrities and public figures Raymond painted are actress Kathrine Hepburn, former President Clinton, Supreme Court Justine Ruth Bader Ginsberg, astronaut Scott Carpenter, pro golfer Bryon Nelson, actor John Wayne and so many more. Two of his works hang in the White House as official portraits for Presidents Regan and Ford while 84 of his other works hang in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.

Raymond was not simply a paramount contributor to the art world, he was also a teacher, mentor and friend. Silver Brush Limited owner and founder, Dee Silver, had been a close friend of Raymond for decades. Ever since Raymond helped found the Portrait Society of America 20 years ago, they always greeted each other at the annual portrait show to share laughs, memories and experiences in the art industry. May Ray’s spirit, talent and teaching methods continue into eternity.

From left to right: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Ronald Regan, actress Kathrine Hepburn


In the early 1990s, Silver Brush began manufacturing sets of brushes specifically curated by Mr. Kinstler. These brushes from the SBL line were hand-chosen by him because he believed they were the best tools for portrait or landscape artists to use on their oil paintings. For more information, please contact us

Minnesota Pinner’s Conference

Browse, Buy, Discover, and DIY!
It’s like Pinterest has come to life!

The Pinner’s Conferences have been around for several years now and are becoming a cultural phenomenon. Bouncing from city to city across America, the Pinner’s Conference brings everything you love about the Pinterest app to life! Arts and crafts, cooking, beauty, fashion, photography, and DIY projects are all right in front of you thanks to numerous interactive classes and vendors selling the materials to help you achieve a multitude of creative projects.

Pinner’s latest location? Minneapolis May 3rd and 4th at the Minneapolis Convention Center! In its second year, the Minneapolis Pinner’s Conference is set to be an event to remember. Why? Because Silver Brush Limited and YouTube sensation, The Art Sherpa, A.K.A. Cinnamon Cooney, will be there!

Stop by our booth (we’re right by the entrance, across from Michael’s, and next to the concession stand!) for discounts on tons of brushes including:  Black Velvet®, The Art Sherpa®, Black Pearl™, Crystal™, Ruby Satin®, Silverstone®, Silver Silk 88®, Ultra Mini®, and more! Not only will you get some great deals, you can hang out with The Art Sherpa herself, Cinnamon Cooney. She’ll be in our booth talking acrylic painting techniques, doing demos and helping people at the Make-N-Take tables. You can also sign up to take a class with her at the conference! Plus there will be a Pinner’s Conference EXCLUSIVE Art Sherpa brush set for sale!

Wanna take an acrylic painting class with The Art Sherpa? You can do that at the Pinner’s Conference, too! Cinnamon will be teaching a class at 2pm on Friday and at 1pm on Saturday. Sign up for just one or do both! Visit the Pinner’s Conference website to sign up! Here are the paintings she will be teaching:

No matter what your creative outlet is, don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet other Pinner’s who share your interests, introduce yourself to new ideas and explore the possibilities of Pinterest!

General admission is $8 at the door and gives you access to exhibits and shopping.
If you want the VIP experience, find out more here.
Hours for the show are: Friday May 3rd from 10am-8pm and Saturday May 4th from 9am-7pm




Acrylic April with The Art Sherpa

Grab your paint, gather your acrylic Silver Brushes, and head to the easel with Cinnamon Cooney, a.k.a. The Art Sherpa, for her 1st Annual Acrylic April Painting Challenge!

From April 1st through April 30th, paint along LIVE with Cinnamon on her YouTube channel as she guides you through 30 different acrylic painting tutorials based on 30 different prompts. In addition to the tutorials, your Art Sherpa will provide plenty of supporting videos, blogs, worksheets and tips to help you through the month.

“I have always thought Inktober and World Watercolor Month were amazing events and I wished there was one for the acrylic medium…I chose April as Acrylic Month because whenever I have mentioned painting daily as a way to improve, my students would laugh nervously as if I might be kidding,” says Cinnamon. In creating Acrylic April, Cinnamon has proven that a daily painting project is no April Fool’s joke, but a means to grow.

“I think it’s really important that this is just about the acrylic community. Our medium is the chameleon of the art world — It can look like oils or watercolor; it can be sprayed or applied in the thickest impasto; it goes over nearly every surface. ACRYLIC IS AMAZING! And this is our month to celebrate that!”

Here are the rules for the challenge:

  1. Following The Art Sherpa’s Acrylic April prompts, create your painting on a surface 12×12 or smaller using acrylic paint
  2. Share it on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter
  3. Use the hashtags #acrylicapril, #acrylicapril2019 and #ItsNoJokeAcrylicApril
  4. Repeat daily from April 1st (no fooling) to April 30th

The Art Sherpa encourages you to follow along but don’t worry if creating 30 paintings in 30 days is an overwhelming idea! Acrylic April is meant to be a fun learning experience, not a source of stress. “If you make 30 little paintings, you are a winner. If you make less than 30, you are a winner. Do your best, paint anything you want…Follow the prompts or do your own thing,” says Cinnamon.

For more information about Acrylic April, please visit

Here is a list of Silver Brush Limited® acrylic paintbrushes:
The Art Sherpa™
Black Pearl®
Silver Silk 88™ 
Ruby Satin®  
Golden Natural®
Ultra Mini®

Find out where you can buy Silver Brushes near you or online!

Watch The Art Sherpa’s Acrylic April Q&A on YouTube!




Watermelon and Cantaloupe by Joe Anna Arnett, using Bristlon® & Ruby Satin® brushes



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Black Velvet®, Golden Natural®, New Atelier Quill, Hake and Mottler
brushes, Silver Kolinsky®, Renaissance® pure red sable brushes and many more at affordable prices.

painting by Steve Mitchell
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Atelier™ Fine Artist SeriesSilver Brush Limited

Hake Brushes:Hake Angles 5006 sm


•Resilient and long lasting.
•Dressed goat hair handcrafted to the highest standards
•Soft with a silky feel and spring
•Natural high absorbency for maximum color carrying capacity
•The perfect color blending brush
•Natural goat hair can be used in all media, oils, acrylics and watercolors
•Sizes 1” to 5-3/4” wide
•New angle shape makes blending at the easel easy

Mottler Brushes:

Atelier™ Mottler Xtra Long brushes
Atelier™ Mottler Xtra Long brushes

•Xtra long handle for reach on large canvas
•Rust proof copper ferrule
•Bristle brushes for varnishing, graining, transparent painting and priming
•Badger blend brushes for blending and softening edges
•Silver Mottlers can be used in all media. Best in oil and acrylics

Quill Brushes:

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Squirrel, Golden Taklon, Blended Goat Hair
•Perfect watercolor brushes
•Silky smooth black squirrel hair that hold maximum color
•Color flows onto silk, paper in sweeping strokes and detail marks
•White goat hair quill perfect for blending oils, acrylics or watercolors
•Quills are perfect for exacting detail work

For more photos of these brushes go to our gallery: