Whether you are a professional artist or simply someone who enjoys painting as a hobby, paints can get expensive. And nothing is worse than buying an expensive tube of paint only to discover that it doesn’t meet your needs. I know that for my own artwork I have settled into a routine of using paints from certain suppliers so that I know what I am getting. And although my needs sometimes dictate that I use a paint that was made overseas, the majority of my paints were made here in the USA. Here are some companies making paints and supplies that I use. Try them out and hopefully they will help you create your own great works of art.
Daniel Smith Artist Materials
They are based in Seattle and their flagship store is right on my daily commuting route. Whether you are looking for watercolors or oils these are great paints for you to try out. My favorite Daniel Smith story is that the store has a wall where artists can put up flyers or business cards. I pinned a business card on the wall, someone saw it and went to my website and ended up buying six paintings. WooHoo!
You can also find Daniel Smith products at Amazon.com.
Trekell & Company
This American company was founded after Brian Trekell was impressed by the art of brushmaking. When he returned to California he started this company from his apartment. Personally I hate to clean brushes and use a palette knife for most of my painting. HERE is some information and video on their website to help with how to clean your brushes.
Golden Artist Colors
An employee owned company located in central New York, GOLDEN is committed to producing materials that encourage exploration of form and concept, while assuring archival integrity. I have dozens of products from Golden and they are my go to company for mediums and gels. I create heavily textured paintings and many of my paintings start off with a healthy dose of a textured medium from Golden Paints.
You can also find Golden products on Amazon.com.
They have been an American tradition since 1905 and are known for maintaining a high level of quality. They do more than just sell supplies and if you’re an emerging artist be sure to check out their online artist community at Thalo
You can also find Grumbacher supplies at Amazon.com.
Utrecht Art Supplies
Utrecht paints are handmade in Brooklyn NY and are the oil paints I use most often in my “Dollopism” style. They have a great body that allows me to have extremely thick, textured paintings. They have great sales so you can try out some products fairly inexpensively. They have great sales so it is worth checking them out.
You can also find Utrecht supplies on Amazon.com.
Please remember that these are companies that are making their paints or brushes here in America. Many of their products are made in the USA but it does not mean that everything on their websites is made here. Please be sure to research where other items are manufactured.
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