designer making bridal gowns and purses. As a young child, Ana went to art classes where she was introduced to pencils, acrylics, pastel and oil. In addition, she grew up in a family of designers, artists, architects, and writers who
encouraged her to develop her skills.
Ana Sofía’s art is influenced heavily by nature and the wonders around her. Growing up on her family ranch in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, she was free to discover while surrounded by animals, crops, and trails. “My childhood made me connect with nature and until this day, every time I need to recharge, I go to the sea to free-dive, or the jungle and explore.” After one particular free diving session, Ana Sofía started her “Ocean Dreams” series where she represents the ocean and reefs in a very colorful and peaceful way.
This is where all the great things have happened. So I encourage you to get out of the comfort zone as much as possible. If it makes you anxious, it’s probably good. The best is when I’m on the other side watching what made me scared.”
Currently, Ana Sofía is working on a series for exhibition next year and mural projects in her local community.
“A school of this caliber must not be underestimated as a place simply to take painting lessons—it is a guild of evolving artistic tactics and a conservatory of timeless figurative practice. As the new artistic leader, I am gratified to be at the vanguard of the conversation.”
In addition to his new position, Dan taught a controlled palette life painting class over the summer at the Art Students League of New York and a class entitled Musculoskeletal Gross Anatomy for the Figurative Artist at Weill Cornell College of Medicine.
For the last 10 years, Dan has been using Silver Brush LTD® Grand Prix® long and extra long filberts and Silverstone® filberts to create his art because “they are simply the best brushes available,” he says. “I started painting when I was 11 years old. My dad bought me a simple acrylic set and told me that I could work with his oils—but only after I had mastered the ‘preparatory’ acrylic media, using only water as medium.”
One of Dan’s favorite techniques to use in his artwork is the “color spot” technique used by Edwin Dickinson, who learned it from Charles W. Hawthorne and William Merritt Chase. The general idea is that the artist puts one stroke of color next to another, next to another and so on to create an image. This technique is seen clearly in much of Dan’s art.