Friday, November 16, 2018

Dynasty on the Road: Join us at the NYSATA conference!

This weekend you will find us at the Adams Mark Hotel in Buffalo, NY at the New York State Art Teachers Association conference

If you are attending the conference, be sure to stop by and see us at booth 22! Let us know what Dynasty brushes you are using in the classroom or your studio!

And for more information about our experience crafting artist brushes for nearly 90 years, please visit our website.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Retailer Spotlight: Artist Elisabetta de Maria

Dynasty is thrilled that Italian Elisabetta De Maria will now be selling our brushes! We asked Elisabetta to tell us a little bit about her life and work--enjoy!

Artist Elisabetta De Maria
Dynasty's questions appear here in bold, Eli's answers follow. All photos appear courtesy of the artist.
Please tell us about your art: How old were you when you started painting? What kinds of paint do you prefer? What is your favorite subject matter to paint?

"I was born in Genova 51 years ago and lived with my parents in Bardonecchia, a beautiful holiday resort located in the Piedmont AlpsSince I was a child, I have cultivated my passion for drawing and painting, so much so that I won the painting contest entitled "A flower in your mouth" sponsored by Colgate brand toothpaste! 

Afterwards, music took over painting and it became my main activity. I graduated in Piano in just 5 years with honors (10/10) at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Turin. I have been teaching piano for 33 years now, preparing my students for the exams to be undertaken in the Conservatory, but my old passion for painting has never left me. The desire to deepen new techniques led me to attend courses with Italian and American painting teachers: the Decorative and the Country Painting take over everything! I do not have a favorite subject to paint. I paint gingers, snowmen,  Santa Claus,  animals,  flowers,  landscapes, pumpkins...In short, I develop a project in my head and I turn it into a painted project! But I can tell you what my favorite surface is: wood!!! I love painting old and worn pieces of wood!

In my projects I only use the Decoart products, in particular the American acrylic colors: they always keep perfect, they never dry up despite the passage of time and they manage to give me an excellent result. Recently I met the Dynasty brushes and I must say that I found they are very high quality, they are really good brushes. Despite the work I submit  them to daily, they remain intact and this is very important for me.

"I have been invited to be part of the American magazines Pixelated PalettePainting EzinePainting Word Magazine and Decorative Painter Magazine and my projects have been included in the Sweet Patoodies Club by Sharon ChinnFrom 2016 my projects are published monthly with great satisfaction and you will see my project in the next issue of Painting Word Magazine." 

Where you are from?
"Currently I live in Puglia, in Salento, where I organize painting courses for children and adults, as well as teaching piano." 

How can artists purchase brushes from you? Do you have any other art items for sale? 
"All my projects are on sale in Sharon Chinn's Decorative Painting Store, in my Etsy shop "Il piccolo mondo di Eli " and on my website. Here you will also find the fantastic range of brushes that I use daily for the creation of my projects. You can buy them by sending me an email at 

In addition to Dynasty brushes, all of my works are for sale. For those who want to buy them, you can send me an email and I will be happy to answer. What I hope, instead, is to raise a smile from those who look at my work, to cheer the soul of people with my music and my paintings--to give a little bit of colour to this world unfortunately so grey."

Welcome to the Dynasty and FM Brush family, Eli! Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us! 

If you would like to connect with Eli to learn more about her work, be sure to follow her on Facebook and visit her website.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Retailer Spotlight: Anna von Elern

Dynasty is thrilled that Swedish watercolor artist Anna von Elern will now be selling our brushes in her gallery shop in Kampersvik, Sweden! We asked Anna to tell us a little bit about her life and work--enjoy!

New Dynasty retailer, Anna von Elern
Dynasty's questions appear here in bold, Anna's answers follow. All photos appear courtesy of the artist. 
Please tell us about your art? How old were you when you started painting? What kinds of paint do you prefer? What is your favorite subject matter to paint?
"I´m an watercolor artist. I love to work with my hands, together with my brain. I've been making stuff since I was a child. Sewing, embroidery, knitting, painting, calligraphy, and I was 5 years old when I started with pottery/clay. When I was an exchange student in Buffalo,NY I had art as a subject the whole year, and I really enjoyed it. But at the age of 25, when I finished my university studies (I'm a dentist and working part-time nowadays at my private practice) I started painting with watercolors. I love the simplicity and when the unexpected happens. I find it fascinating to see the colors mix with each other together with water on paper and lovely things appear! I love to work with the paper, to leave out some white and to work with the contrasts. I find it fascinating to try to capture the light. My art-work  contents of o lot of different subjects--women in hats, roosters and hens, models, flowers, and the sea." 

Please tell us about where you are from--are there a lot of other artists in your area?
"I live in the most beautiful place on earth, K√§mpersvik, a small tiny village at the northern part of the Swedish west coast, just by the sea. Only a 40 minutes ride from the Norwegian border and I love to paint my surroundings! Old boathouses, our archipelago, and the water. We eat a lot of sea food such as; lobsters, shrimps , oysters, mussels, crayfish and crabs and sometimes they can be my subject matter...My boyfriend Per, who is an entrepreneur in ecotourism, brings his guests out on the sea to fish lobsters and to serve oysters on board his old wooden boat. He takes a lot of wonderful photos on his trip and shares them with me so I can be inspired. If I have a hard time finding out what to paint, I always fall back on painting the sea or flowers! 

I was born where I now live and there are a lot of other artists in our area. There is a famous art school here in my municipality, Gerlesborgsskolan, which was created by Arne Isacsson, a very famous Swedish watercolor artist (1917-2010). He inspired a lot of artists and because of the school, there is a lot of artists in the area, especially watercolor artists. Two years ago my art gallery and studio was built. It has been a dream for a long time, to have a place where I can paint, display my art and have courses in watercolor techniques. It's located next to my house where I live with my daughter and our two cats. 

In my studio I give classes in watercolors in an exclusive set-up. There are only 9-10 pupils and every student has a lot of space. My classes run 2-4 days. On the second floor is a flat with 3 separate bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom where students who are not living in the area can stay. I have students coming from different parts of Sweden as well as from Denmark and Norway. I have a partnership with some really good restaurants, where we go for luxury lunches with fantastic fish dishes on the menu. I give around 10 courses a year and next year I might bring a group to paint in Greece."

How can artists purchase Dynasty brushes from you? Do you have any other art items for sale?
In my gallery I also sell a lot of different trays and cutting boards, kitchen towels and a lot of post cards, all pieces with my art. Ten years ago, I came across my first Dynasty brush, and I just love it. I still have the very first one left and I use it every time I paint. I have bought A LOT of different brushes after this, but I never find anyone as good as my Dynasty Orange Ice. I have tried to purchase it in Sweden but can't find it anywhere; when I go abroad and visit art supplies I look for it but I could never find it. That's why I now am a retailer of the best brush for water color! A lot of college students have been asking me where they can get the brush and I am so thrilled to sell them in my gallery and in the near future I will work an a solution so people can buy it from my website." 

Welcome to the Dynasty and FM Brush family, Anna! Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us! 

If you would like to connect with Anna to learn more about her work, take her classes and buy our brushes, you can find info at her website and her Facebook page. And be sure to follow her on Instagram