Featured Video of the Month

Saturday March 24th, 2018 Studio Incamminati School for Contemporary Realist Art hosted a live demonstration on Facebook. The title of which was Three Artists, Three Perspectives:A Painting Demo Embracing Technology and Tradition.  Artists Kerry Dunn, JaFang Lu and Nell O’Leary performed a live model painting demonstration. Silver Brush Limited had the honor of being the Gold Sponsor for this event and created the short 3 minute video that you can see in this blog post.

Nelson Shanks, one of America’s foremost portrait painters, created this school to highlight and continue the tradition of painting from life. Its an amazing school that we are proud to be a very small part.

To learn more about Studio Incamminati visit their website:http://www.studioincamminati.org

February 2018 Featured Artist of the Month

Paolo Rivera is not your average watercolor artist. Before he even graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, he was already working as an artist for Marvel Comics®. When he started his career with them in 2002, he was just doing comic book covers and sometimes illustrating entire issues. Now, he says he tends to “save the painted work for movie posters or limited-edition prints.” He considers himself lucky because he “didn’t have to ponder” what he wanted to do with his art education since Marvel hired him before he completed his senior year in college. However, he did briefly consider becoming a concept artist or industrial designer.

When asked if he was a fan of Marvel before he started working for them, Paolo said, “Definitely. I don’t think you can work for them without being a fan first. It just takes too much time and dedication for someone who isn’t in love with the material.”

Part of Paolo’s creative process when sketching or painting super heroes (and villains) is to find a point of reference. Sometimes the reference comes from a clay mold with light shone from above to emphasize how shadows might fall on a sunny day or from photographs he takes of himself or other people in action. “On a purely conceptual level,” he says, “a reference of any kind is all about knowledge; it informs us so that we, as comic book artists (illustrators, cartoonists, whatever), can inform our readers. Ideally, this is done so smoothly, so unobtrusively, that the richness of detail in subject and setting enters the reader’s mind without conscious consideration, submitting focus to the narrative while simultaneously supporting it…. Viewers can often tell when you aren’t familiar with your subject matter, even if they aren’t either.”

Although Paolo worked exclusively with Marvel for “over a decade,” he has since “worked for every major publisher creating covers, posters and comics.” Currently, he is working on a poster for a movie called Mute and completing some Planet of the Apes covers. In addition, he has an issue of the comic Hellboy and the B.P.R.D (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense) coming out in March, 2018.

Over the years, Paolo has used different brushes for both his work at Marvel and for his own original artwork, but some of his favorites are Silver Brush Black Velvet®, Golden Natural® and Renaissance® brush series.





January 2018 Featured Artist of the Month


Mark Kohler is a talented watercolor artist from Texas whose work is inspired by the nomadic animal handlers of Gaucho culture in South America, cowboys of the American Southwest and rodeos in Mexico known as the “Charreada.” Many of Mark’s best friends are cowboys and he “had a natural subject available” whose stories he is excited to tell through art.

Although, Mark is fortunate to have his subject close at hand, he is no stranger to traveling in order to capture a moment. His favorite places that he has gone to study cowboys are the Chino Valley of northern Arizona and Battle Mountain, Nevada. Internationally, his favorite destination has been Argentina where Gaucho culture reigns supreme.

Working from photographs he has taken on location, Mark effortlessly translates the strength, energy and regality of men and women on horseback. He is drawn to cowboy culture because it, “still represents a story that I want to tell: Cowboy and horse, both fighting for that last bit of freedom; ranch dogs and ranch horses who have none of the pedigree and all of the heart and the solid friendships of the people I’ve come to know and respect.”

When it comes to the artist brush he’s using, Mark says he has been painting with Silver Brush Black Velvet® for “around 15 years” because they remain pointed whereas other brand’s watercolor brushes become floppy and rounded at the tip. He uses multiple sizes of the rounds for both miniature and life size paintings.

Mark teaches one annual workshop in different locations around the U.S. and provides private, one-on-one lessons in his studio. He advises that any artists who wants to follow their passion should “out-work the competition” because “repetition is the mother of skill.”

Learn more about Mark on his website:http://www.markkohlerstudio.com

November 2017 Artist of the Month

Michael Shane Neal is one of the most highly sought after (and best dressed) portrait artists in North America. Among the many modern luminaries who have sat for him are Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, actor Morgan Freeman, and world-renowned portraitist Everett Raymond Kinstler.

For over 10 years, Shane has been using Silver Brush® Grand Prix® filberts because of “their versatility, resilience and control.” He prefers to use them when trying to encapsulate the essence of a subject while capturing the “variety of personalities that one encounters.” Shane uses a “fairly broad stroke” that he considers to be “painterly” and aspires to use confident bravura strokes in all of his works.

Currently, Shane is painting a “number of judicial portraits as well as an American ambassador, several businessmen and some private portraits.” He credits his ability to connect with clients through his “intense interest in individuals, curiosity about what makes them who they are, and sensitivity to their desires.”

Despite the many influential and famous clients he has worked with, Shane says that his favorite pieces are the ones he has done of his children. However, he also “particularly enjoyed the experience of painting Sandra Day O’Connor,” not only because he found her to be “uniquely brilliant and personable,” but also because she is such an important figure to American history.

To those who wish to follow in his footsteps, Shane says this:

“First and foremost, always remember that the quality of your work is the most important element to your success. Focusing on growing as an artist and creating the very best work you can is the starting point. Being willing to start slowly and pricing your work modestly in order to engage as many new clients as possible is also important. The more work that is on display, the more work it will bring you in the future. Finally, stay positive. Some doors will open, others will close. Sometimes receiving a ‘no’ might be better thought of as ‘not now.’ If it is your dream to be a full-time artist, to quote Winston Churchill, ‘Never, never, never give up!’”

For many years Silver Brush Ltd has produced two artist brush sets to Shane’s specification. These sets serve the basic needs of students and artists seeking the right selection for portrait painting. The MSN-010 Bravura Basic 10 piece set is the perfect starter set for the serious student. As folks advance they have the choice of Shane’s complete 35 piece MSN-350 Bravura Pro set.

Learn more about Shane’s process: http://michaelshaneneal.com
Shane is a featured speaker at The Portrait Society of America’s conference.
Find out more about his presentation:http://www.portraitsociety.org/schedule

October 2017 International Featured Artist of the Month

Bobbi Dunlop is a Canadian oil painter from Calgary who is inspired by the old masters and uses Silver Brushes® almost exclusively. “My favorite series is the Grand Prix®,” she says, “…they stand up to everyday use and with the care I give them, they last endlessly. I never throw them away!”

The idea of truly looking and seeing beauty is what she feels defines her as an artist. “I have forever been drawn to the simple things in life…the roundness of an apple or pear; the gesture of a figure in space… These are the things I savor and which drive my work.”

Recently, Bobbi’s favorite art supply store, Sunnyside Art Supply in Calgary, started carrying Grand Prix® brushes and she couldn’t be happier. “Now my students will have the opportunity to enjoy these brushes, too” says Bobbi, who averages approximately 40 weekly students in addition to teaching workshops throughout the year.

When she isn’t teaching classes, Bobbi enjoys painting en plein air with friends where the beauty of the Canadian countryside inspires her strokes. On a recent excursion, a curious black bear strolled right through the scene she was painting and after observing her for a moment, continued on its way with “berries on his mind.”

When asked if she has any advice for artists who want to make a career out of their talent, Bobbi replied, “Do this for yourself and not with the expectation of fame and fortune. Always be a student. Understand that your personal growth is the goal and must be the measure of your success.”

Bobbi’s artwork can be found hanging in the Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond and at Art Country Canada in Bragg Creek in Alberta.

For more information, please visit: https://bobbidunlop.com

September 2017 Featured Artist of the Month

Chantel Barber is an accomplished artist who discovered her passion for art at a very young age. “The first drawings I did as a child were of people,” she says, “When I began painting, I couldn’t wait to try portraiture.”

Starting at the age of 12, Chantel was mentored by many professional oil painters. Throughout her life she took art classes and  in college. As she tried to develop a style that she liked, another student introduced acrylic paint to her but she felt acrylics were generally used for abstract paintings and her love lay with portraiture.

Chantel chose to mesh her knowledge of oil techniques and her desire to use acrylics for portrait work in a style that has become distinctly her own. “I am definitely best known for my specific approach to acrylic as I work in more of an alla prima style, rather than washes and glazes,” she says, “I love using the Grand Prix® Hog Hair Bristle Filberts for the majority of my brushwork. They give me superior control over paint application and I can create a variety of edges with their flexibility. The Renaissance Red Sable Cat’s Tongue brushes are perfect for adding smaller details when needed.”

When asked what inspires her work, Chantel says, “So much of what I see on a daily basis inspires me: Light, shadows, colors, sounds, but I am especially drawn to the human spirit; I long to capture it on canvas though portrait and figure work.”

One of the newest paintings in Chantel’s collection is also her favorite because she feels it embodies who was as a child. Named “The Dreamer Next Door,” this portrait won in the Master Class category of May’s Art Muse Contest and holds a special place in her heart.

Chantel operates an art business called “Chantel’s Originals” in Memphis, Tennessee, teaches 6-9 workshops each year but she also offers online courses. She recommends Silver Brush to all of her students.

In addition, Chantel is the National Coordinator of the State Ambassador program for the Portrait Society of America, President of Artists’ Link in Memphis, and a member of The Chestnut Group and the National Oil Painters’ Society.

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August 2017 Featured Artist of the Month

Terry Strickland’s work is a combination of technical mastery and
depth of content. While the paintings are highly realistic, they’re also
thought provoking in their concepts and imbued with imagination
and poignancy.
What inspires your work? When I am in the throes of a life
situation, as I’m experiencing it and mulling it over, visual imagery
will percolate to the surface of my mind. I will make note of it in a
sketchbook. If these images persist they will eventually become
paintings. The process of designing and making the painting helps
me understand the experience. During the process, my personal
narrative is somehow transformed into a universal human story.
They are common themes like beauty, love, life and death, and are experienced regardless of
race, gender or income bracket. Viewers look at the work and think, ”I know how he/she feels”
and connect with the subject in the painting.

It’s magical and irresistible to me, this communication without words. We are born image-
makers and image lovers and have a cross-cultural need to share our ideas and stories. Call it
motivation or inspiration, but really I’m just doing what comes naturally.

How long have you been using Silver Brushes? About 15 years,
ever since I got serious about oil painting

What is your favorite series to paint with? That is a tough
question because I use different series at different stages and for
different textures. I probably use Ruby Satin’s and Bristlon’s the
most. For soft smooth blending like in a face I’ve been converted to
the Renaissance cat’s tongue. For scratchy surface textures I like the
natural bristles of the Grand Prix. Sometimes, I paint with a fan
brush, not to smooth but to paint loosely, laying on textured paint.
I’m a big fan of the Bristlon long filberts when I want a looser paint
application, too.

About how many students do you have per year? I’ve taught about 65-70 students this past
year. I have an ongoing class of 16 students, many of whom stay with me all year, but some
rotate out and new ones come in. I teach several workshops and do demos as well.

Would you recommend Silver Brushes to your students or the public in general? Yes, I do
it all the time. My students are converts once they see me using the brushes. I talk about the
brushes online as well.

How do you take care of your brushes after a painting session and how do you store
I’m a very lazy brush cleaner so I have a super simple method. After the painting session
I rinse them in odorless mineral spirits, wipe with a paper towel and then rinse an orderless
solvent. I wipe them off and lay them flat on a clean paper towel. The cleaner I use has a brush
conditioner in it and if there is any oil paint left in the brush it will not dry. Before using the
brush the next time I will rinse it in OMS to remove the solvent. I never use soap and water and
my Silver Brushes last for years. Between uses I stand them handle side down in large jars.

Do you have any advice for artists who want to make a career out of their passion? Artists
need to learn how to run a small business, learn about marketing, keep honing your skills.
Never stop mastering your craft. There is always something new to learn.

See more of Terry’s work: http://terrystricklandart.com/index.html
View Terry on Alabama TedTalk: TEDx talk
Sign up for Terry’s Art newsletter






Product Highlight of the Month

Introducing The Art Sherpa® brush set collection  

There are a number of videos online that demonstrate the use of each of these brushes/tools. Please see links below.

*Ask for The Art Sherpa® sets and open stock brushes at your local art supply reseller  


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Watch Cinnamon demonstrate the brushes and tools in her videos:https://silverbrushblog.com/videos/

Watch the The Art Sherpa® demonstrate use of the Cloud brushes AS-4107:        https://youtu.be/I4zsXexe86M



July 2017 Featured Artist of the Month

Cinnamon Cooney, The Art Sherpa is our July Featured Artist of the Month

The Art Sherpa, Cinnamon Cooney, has been painting for many years and first started
using Silver Brushes in 1998 when her mother introduced her to the Ruby Satin® series.

Today, Cinnamon utilizes her unique painting style and affinity for
Silver Brushes as “The 
Art Sherpa”on her YouTube channel to introduce beginner’s acrylic painting and techniques to artists around the world. Cinnamon’s YouTube channel has really taken flight. According to her metrics, she is “teaching in 250 countries, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day” and her videos have been viewed over 14 million times.
Her love for using Silver Brushes led to
collaboration and this summer, “The Art
brush line by Silver Brush Limited
is launching with 11 sets designed by
Cinnamon specifically for the techniques
she teaches on her channel. 
“I enjoy the
process of simplifying REALLY complex topics for brand new artists,” she says. And although topics range from sun-soaked landscapes to whimsical abstracts, Cinnamon admits that she “personally get(s) really happy whenever we touch on the subject of space.”With over 170,000 followers on her channel, Cinnamon has helped thousands of artists paint pictures based on her original designs. She hopes that with her guidance, artists will use the skills she teaches to gain confidence in their abilities and create something they will love.

When asked what inspires her work, she said, “My students are the inspiration for the work I
create. The stories they share with me and the things that are important to them find a way into
all the paintings…I am always looking to take any subject or style we are covering and find the
relatable human side of it. If April the Giraffe is having a baby, I look to create a painting where
it helps people express and celebrate their excitement.”

Keep an eye out for NEW “Art Sherpa” open stock and brush sets by Silver Brush Limited at art supply retailers nation wide and world wide. Don’t see them? Contact  your local art supply reseller to order, so you can join in the fun!

The Art Sherpa® series features 11 brush sets and 18 open stock
brushes. The “Goldilocks” brush is the bright size 10 Item#4002.

*Please ask for The Art Sherpa® sets and open stock brushes at your local art supply reseller

If you would like a FREE product guide sent to you, send your request to:

June 2017 Featured Artist of the Month

Kirk Miller has been painting his entire life and has always had a propensity for the arts. As a child, he drew and painted as naturally as he breathed without ever thinking of doing it for a living. “Everyone else knew I was going to be an artist-I thought I was going to be a cowboy,” he jokes. Over the years he has not only
worked as a painter, but also as a freelance illustrator, an Art Director at an engraving firm, an instructor and demonst
rator of art
techniques, and as an author of two art instruction books for Foster Publications.

Although his job has changed, one constant for the last 25 years has
been his use of Silver Brush Ltd brushes.
“Originally, I used
Silverstone® bristles and Renaissance® sables for oils, Ruby Satin®
for acrylic and oil and I have now included Bristlon® as an additional
favorite for all my painting,” says Kirk. “With the high quality and
selection of brushes that 
Silver Brush provides, I am able to choose a specific brush

for the necessary technique. “Kirk’s dedication to his craft is evident
in every piece of work he produces. The human form or portraits are
his favorite subjects and he believes that his role is not only to
capture someone’s likeness but also their character.  Although Kirk is
a full-time, successful artist, he still enjoys teaching art classes and
workshops out of his Folsom, Ca. studio where he shows artists of all
levels how to paint in oils.    

“It’s our firm conviction that anyone, regardless of age, can learn to
paint beautiful, professional-looking paintings in almost any style-
ranging from traditional to the most contemporary-in a minimum of
time,“ he states.

When asked if he recommends Silver Brush to his students, Kirk replied, “I have been selling Silver Brushes to the thousands of students I have taught over the past 25 years. Once my students understand the benefits from using a quality brush, they continue to purchase and use Silver Brushes over all other brands.”

Kirk’s work can be found all around the world in private, government and corporate collections. In addition, he has illustrated cover art, magazines, books, posters and murals and has conducted workshops and demonstrations throughout the U.S.

Learn more about Kirk Miller and his workshops :http://kirkmillerartstudio.com
See more of Kirk’s artwork on our gallery:http://www.silverbrush.com/gallery/index.php/Kirk-Miller