Zora Pinney: The Godmother of Art Materials

Zora Sweet Pinney passed away in her home in Los Angeles on March 2nd, 2012.  She was a tribute to artists and a beacon in the art material world, teaching, selling, consulting on art materials and constantly learning herself about better materials and how they are made.  In particular, she loved brushes, and did extensive research on brush factories and the history of brush making, collecting hundreds of brushes along the way.  

When she closed her beloved art material's store in L.A., she donated the stock to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. to start a material collection that could be used for research by art conservators.  Zora was always seeking to learn more about the materials artists were using and to educate artists on choosing quality materials to create long lasting art.  She was a blessing to the art world, and she will be missed.

There has been a blog set up in Zora's honor, for comments or to learn about memorial services:  http://zorasweetpinney.wordpress.com/

Keep Painting, 

For more brush information, check out the Dynasty Brush website.


  1. I am so happy you put this up. Just finding out about Zora She is my husband's grandmother. We have been looking along time. God Bless her. Also did not know where to start. Until Ancestry.com
    My husband grandfather was Edward Pinney.

    My Husband name Reno Blomquist Aka(Robert A Lopez)

  2. Hi Sharon! Oh how wonderful and simultaneously hard. Were you able to meet Zora, though? I spoke with her on occasion, but never met her myself. I have only heard wonderful things about her, though, and her love for artists.


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