Section Artists

 

Artists' Voices

Savoir-Faire is dedicated to helping artists reach their vision by providing the finest art materials available. We proudly create a continuum, a seamless link between the past and the present, presenting hand selected fine art materials deeply rooted in history, from Sennelier and Fabriano to Isabey and Cretacolor- a collection so rich in tradition and quality, it truly ignites the creative fire within the artist. Here is what great artists have to say about our products. Visit us on Facebook to tell us what you think.

Peter Adams
Bill Buchman
Scott Burdick
John Burton
Diana Cadwallader
Cathy Carey
John Cosby
Kevin Courter
Sterling Edwards
Debra Huse
David Kassan
Daniel Keys
Paul Kratter
Susan Lyons 
Jesse Powell
Peggi Kroll-Roberts
Ray Roberts
Vanessa Rothe
Alexey Steele 
Vincent Xeus
Michelle Dunaway
Laurin McCracken


 

Peter Adams

 

“I am particularly interested in unique lighting effects and how these effects reflect, refract, diffuse and obscure detail.  It is more the ethereal quality of light that intrigues me.  With the wide variety of Sennelier pastel colors, I am able to interpret light and atmosphere to create unique moods. Also, the smooth quality of Sennelier pastels is perfect for controlling design, shapes, and color harmonies.  Elevating the human spirit and arousing a sense of discovery is what excites me as an artist – and I am able to accomplish this with Sennelier pastels.”

 


 

Bill Buchman

"I use Sennelier oil pastels a great deal as a resist in my watercolor and acrylic paintings both on paper and canvas. They have no competition in terms of their high quality, the selection and brilliance of colors, their rich creamy consistency and the choice of sizes. Because I often work loosely and on a large scale, the Sennelier “Grand” oil pastels, in particular, with their thickly flowing colors are perfect for my purpose. Sennelier Oil Sticks, being essentially oil paint in a stick, are a brilliant innovation enabling me to draw in oil on my canvas and can be used as an interesting resist under acrylics or to draw or paint over them. The Cretacolor Art Chunky series with their ideally matched earthy “Cezanne” palette of colors and their robust yet easy to apply consistency make for rapid and expressive application in drawings which eminently suits the way I like to work. The fact that they are water-soluble adds another dimension with many possibilities."

Bill is an internationally represented American artist whose brightly colored, spontaneous abstractions and expressive figure drawings may be seen widely in private and public collections in Denmark, Sweden, England and the US. Bill has made five popular DVD’s on these subjects and has worked with Savoir Faire since 2007 teaching and demonstrating his unique “process’ approach. His innovative and popular book, “Expressive Figure Drawing” (Random House/Watson-Guptill/2010) may be found in many museum bookstores.

 

 

Scott Burdick

“Sennelier paints have long been one of the invaluable tools I rely upon while working outdoors plein-air or in the studio on portraits. Their fine pigments and artist grade quality give me confidence that they will hold up over time and stay true to the effect of light they allow one to capture on canvas.”

Scott was formally trained at the American Academy of Art. His work has been featured in Southwest Art, Art of the West, and American Artist, among many others. He is a member of the Palette and Chisel Art club, Oil Painters of America and the Northwest Rendez-vous group, and participates in the Masters of the West Exhibition at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles.


 

John Burton

'"Sennelier Paints have given me the best opportunity to recreate the incredible vividness of nature. The high quality of pigment and smooth texture are a precious asset to the professional painters palette. As the world is rapidly changing all around us it is comforting to use a paint that has stood the test of time.''

John Burton is an award-winning oil painter who has traveled and painted around the globe, always maintaining his home and artistic center in the American West. Burton’s deep American roots permeate the rich, natural character of his art, and inform his work’s reverent tone. He is one of Carmel’s most celebrated artists.

 


 

Diana Cadwallader

“Fabriano Hot Press 140 lb paper has been my chosen surface for small and large scale work in color pencil for over 20 years; it has a beautiful, sumptuous surface that is also remarkably strong.”

Diana Cadwallader has lived in Tanzania, Kenya, Pakistan, Hong Kong, England, and the United States, where she has been for the past 30 years. She received a BFA in Graphic Design from Arizona State University (Summa Cum Laude) and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University. Her paintings and drawings have been included in over 50 exhibitions

 


 

Cathy Carey

“Looking at the Savoir-Faire catalog, I realized how many of the Savoir-Faire products I use and love! Sennelier Paints: watercolor, oil, acrylic, and Egg Tempera! Sennelier soft pastels, Lascaux acrylics, and the wonderful Fabriano papers. I have all the Cretacolor versions of pencils and my favorite brushes are in the Isabey and Raphael lines. I am a colorist - I work in all mediums but the thing that is connected across the board is the way I use color for expression. I keep using Savoir-Faire products because they are exceptional in color intensity and quality. I especially like the creamy textures in the oils and acrylics, and the depth of pigment in all their paints. The watercolors are strong and luminous; they flow beautifully and make juicy washes! A color I can’t live without is Chinese Orange. I recently did a painting using three of the Sennelier Naples Yellows, and mixed them with Viridian and Turquoise and Ultramarine for some amazing soft colors.”

Cathy Carey was educated at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC, and received a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Several years later Carey moved to Southern California and continued painting, and started a business in graphic design and illustration. Cathy Carey's paintings can be seen at Arroyo Gallery in Santa Fe, NM and Telluride, CO, and in many private collections world-wide.


 

John Cosby

"I have come to a place in my painting where the littlest of things make a big difference. The paint I use is very important to me, not just the color but also the way it feels and the coverage. Upon discovering that Sennelier paint had the qualities I was looking for, I made it part of my tool chest and my paintings." 

Cosby is an internationally recognized plein-air painter who works on the go around the world and is represented by some of the finest galleries. He is a Signature Member of the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America and currently serves on the board as Vice President. He also is a founding board member of the “Laguna Plein Air Painters Association” and a Signature Member of California Art Club. Cosby is a founder of the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational held at the Laguna Art Museum. His work can be found in many private, public and corporate collections around the world.


 

Kevin Courter

"Sennelier paints have a wonderful buttery consistency that I truly enjoy. Whether I'm in the studio or out on location, Sennelier's strong pigments offer a richness and depth that is second to none. We all want to be confident in our materials and Sennelier offers just that. I also enjoy the Raphael's Kevrin line of brushes. If soft edges are what you're looking for, these long lasting brushes will get the job done."

Kevin Courter has participated in many juried events over the years, such as the Carmel Art Festival, the Sonoma Plein Air Festival, La Quinta Plein Air Invitational and The National Juried show at the Palm Springs Desert Museum. He has won numerous awards and is a member of the California Art Club and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.

 

 

Sterling Edwards

“I have been using Fabriano Artistico traditional cold pressed 140lb and 300lb paper for the past nine years and consider it my paper of choice. As an international watercolor workshop instructor, I have the opportunity to share my recommendations and experiences with thousands of watercolor artists every year through my website, newsletters, and workshops.    I consistently recommend Fabriano Artistico paper because of its velvety texture, which accepts paint beautifully, and its forgiving nature. The surface of the paper has just enough tooth to create beautiful dry brush effects but is also smooth enough to paint fine lines and detail.”

Sterling Edwards is a contemporary watermedia master and photographer from Kansas City, Missouri.  He has been featured in numerous newspaper articles nationwide, including the fall 2001 issue of Watercolor Magic Magazine, in an article titled “Ones to watch.” In 2007 he was awarded signature member status in the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, an international organization based in Toronto. He is a co-founder of the Rusty Nail Painters. In 2010 he was awarded signature membership status in the esteemed Transparent Watercolor Society of America. That same year he was selected as a featured artist in the book, “Best of America Watermedia Artists” published by Kennedy Publishing Company. In 2013 Sterling was accepted into the newly established International Watercolor Society. His award winning watermedia paintings are in private and corporate collections throughout the world and he is represented by several galleries in the U.S and Canada.

 


 

 

Debra Huse

"Sennelier paint is a pleasure to work with. It has a fluid viscosity that is a pleasure to apply. With other paint I am looking for an additional medium to give it the buttery texture -but not with Sennelier. The line of colors is very extensive and there are a variety options in transparent, semi-opaque and opaque. A few of my favorites are Chinese Orange, Azure Blue, Caput Mortem (this is a very old pigment which back in the day was made basically from blood and bones!) and Pale Ochre.  The pigmenting is strong so they are easy to work with. I even enjoy the traditional packaging which feels and looks very high quality."

Debra Huse is a contemporary colorist and impressionist. She is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, the American Society of Marine Artists, Laguna Plein Air Painters & Pastel Society of America. At age 11, she was awarded a scholarship to attend college courses at the prestigious John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, IN where Debra grew up. She continued her art education at Indiana University. She also travels across the nation to participate in plein air events from Maui, HI to Easton MD.


 

David Kassan

"I have been using Isabey and Raphael brushes now for the last 14 years, the brushes are high quality and responsive. I am constantly evolving as an artist, especially trying out lots of new materials all of the time, but I always seem to go back to my tried and true Isabey and Raphael brushes."

David Jon Kassan is an internationally recognized contemporary portrait artist living in Brooklyn, New York. He has received many awards, including 1st Place in the Portrait Society of America International Exhibition (2009) and the 1st Place Prize for Portraiture at The National Academy (2004). Kassan’s work has also appeared in numerous publications, including International Artist Magazine and Drawing Magazine as well book publications such as The Upset: Young Contemporary Art (2008). David Jon Kassan’s artwork is represented by Gallery Henoch (Chelsea), New York, NY.

 

 

 

Daniel Keys

"For me, superior quality linen is a necessity. I cannot possibly achieve the variety of effects I desire to have in a painting without the use of proper tools. Artfix L64C meets my standards without question and allows me the freedom needed to create without the worry of whether or not my canvas will withstand whatever I choose to put it through, as well as the tests of time."

"As an artist committed to excellence in all that I do, my materials must also reflect this high standard.  Sennelier paints are clean, highly pigmented, and permanent. By using quality paints, I’m assured that my work will maintain its initial integrity even when I’m gone.  Recommended to me by artist friends, I invested in a tube of King’s Blue. My hesitations to do so were short lived after using it for the first time. It’s now a prominent member of my palette family, and I enjoy using it throughout nearly every painting. It’s highly pigmented and mixes brilliantly with colors like permanent rose and alizarin crimson, making some of the most beautiful purples and violets I’ve even seen."


 


 

Paul Kratter

"Sennelier Extra Fine Oils are very buttery and I especially love Turner Yellow & India Yellow-Orange. They are key colors in my landscapes paintings because of their rich pigment. Adding these colors along with the Cadmiums and Sap Green gives me a great variety in my trees."

Paul Kratter attended the College of San Mateo, where he got a degree in graphic arts. He spent four years at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, graduating with a BA degree in illustration in 1980. He was fortunate to make a living mainly in advertising, which included a long relationship with the National Football League and various major league baseball clubs. During the latter part of his career he concentrated solely on wildlife illustration. He worked for a variety of zoos, The Nature Company, a museum in Alaska and also worked on several children’s books including “The Living Rainforest,” an award winner in Communication Arts’ annual. In 2002 he was bitten by the plein air bug and started painting in the East Bay hills near his home. He participates in a number of plein air events annually in California.

 

 

Susan Lyons

"Quality of paint is very important to me and that's what I feel Sennelier offers to any artist. Their long history and tradition of high standards gives me confidence that what I create with their paint will last and stay true to my vision."

Lyon studied painting at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, where she first began exhibiting and selling her work; at twenty-three she was the youngest winner of the prestigious Gold Medal, which she won in two consecutive years in the annual Oil Painting show, in addition to a third place in the Silver Medal Watercolor show. In 1998 and 2000 she won an artist choice award in the Northwest Rendez-vous show. Susan is a member of the Northwest Rendez-vous Group in Helena, MT and was one of 50 artists who participated in the Laguna Plein Air painting competition in 2000.


 

 

Jesse Powell

"I was recently introduced to Sennelier paints, and have found them to be extroardinary. From the body of the paint to the intensity of the pigments,not to mention the variety of colors, I was a convert from the first time I used them!"

Jesse Powell graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in painting and drawing, and went on to study in the Republic of Georgia Jesse’s work has received numerous awards, including second place in the 2013 Plein Air Salon, and the Irvine Museum Award at the 101rst annual Califonia Art Club Gold Medal Show.  Jesse's paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including shows at The Fischer Museum at USC, The Laguna Art Museum, The Pasadena Museum of California History, The Pasadena Museum of California Art, and The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. His artwork can be viewed at Trailside Galleries in Scottsdale, AZ, Del Monte Fine Art in Carmel, CA, The Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara, CA.

 

Peggi Kroll-Roberts

“I love the creamy texture of Sennelier paints and one of my favorite pigments is Azure Blue.  I can get all the variety I need to describe the colors of the ocean.”

Award winning artist, Peggi Kroll-Roberts, was trained at Arizona State University and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. She worked as a fashion and advertising illustrator before making the transition into fine art.


 

Ray Roberts

“What I look for in paint is a strong pigment in the cadmium colors. Sennelier colors remain bright even in the lightest tints.” 

Ray Roberts grew up in Orange County and developed an. In 1969, Ray was sent to Orme School, a ranch-style boarding school in the Arizona desert. Its strong fine arts program helped Ray discover his artistic talent.  He then attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he studied under John Asaro.

Ray first pursued a career as an illustrator, establishing a studio in Los Angeles and then Scottsdale, Arizona, and eventually switched to fine art in 1992.


Vanessa Rothe

"Sennelier paints have long been a part of my life and works. From water based fabric dyes, to brilliant watercolors, to the rich oils that I now use as a professional artist working in the world of art today.  Their range of luminescent colors influences my work directly, as I often discover a fresh color that inspires a whole new body of work. The quality of the pigment, the even consistency, and the historical aspects of the 125 year old company makes this a paint I can trust."

anessa Rothe is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society, California Art Club, Oil Painters of America, and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. She has had both classical training and private instructor/workshop training in the US and abroad at ateliers in France and Italy.

 

Alexey Steele

"The cretacolor sepia family are just exquisite hard pastels. They flow and dance in your hand over a sheet of good paper embracing its tooth with fabulous combination of control and flexibility.

They are hard enough to be controllable and precise, yet soft enough to be rapid and expressive in describing the form. They also are remarkably fine in the way their ground pigment and binder come together which gives their grain grabbing the tooth of paper a particularly airy, gentle and at the same time firm feel. They sharpen smoothly and evenly."

Born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1967, Alexey Steele began his systematic art training at an early age in the studio of his father Leonid Steele - a renowned Russian painter. He furthered his professional education at the prestigious Surikov Art Institute of the Soviet Academy of Arts in Moscow under internationally acclaimed artist, Illia Glazunov.


 

Vincent Xeus

"I remember discovering Sennelier paints like it was yesterday. The stiff-buttery texture and intense colors are the testaments of Sennelier's century old paint-making tradition. What took me by heart is how I felt every time I worked with the paints. King's Blue, Cadmium Red, Cobalt Green Light and Prussian Blue are some of the constant components of my basic palette. Sennelier paints have become part of my art over the years, hence, part of me."

Vincent Xeus was born in Central China in the early 1980s. By age 14, his work has been published in national newspaper and acquired by collectors overseas. In 1988, Vincent went to the United States, and graduated with a B.A. in Architecture with High Honors from University of California, Berkeley in 2006, and founded Marque Design in 2008.

 

Michelle Dunaway

“ From the first moment I painted on the ArtFix L64C quadruple oil primed portrait linen I was extremely impressed. This linen holds the integrity of the brushwork better than any surface I have tried in the past. Often at the beginning of a painting I’ve found with other linen, that the brushwork that is initially washed in with paint thinner can absorb into the surrounding linen drying differently in shape and intensity of chroma than when it was first applied. With the L64C I have found the brushstroke will dry EXACTLY as I have initially laid it down with no dispersement or absorption that might change it’s original shape and integrity. As an artist it is invaluable to have tools that help you achieve and maintain your original vision and intention as you work. The L64C linen does this for me. Not only does it help maintain the freshness of thin paint strokes, it  holds thick paint remarkably well and it is also a very sturdy surface for thick palette knife work. I’m extremely pleased with the variety of effects I am able to achieve while painting and it had now become my Linen of choice for all of my work.”

 

Michelle Dunaway is an Internationally known American portrait artist who’s paintings are revered for their bold brushwork yet sensitive portrayal of emotions that capture the human experience. Her artwork has been featured in numerous publications including International ArtistFine Art ConnoisseurAmerican ArtistSouthwest ArtArt of the West, and American Art Collector along with inclusion in several art books. Michelle’s work has received many awards and honors including: The Award of Exceptional Merit at the Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition in 2010 for her painting ‘Katie and Jenni-The Daughters of Jane Seymour’, a Certificate of Excellence from the Portrait Society of America in 2014, finalist in the 2012/13 Art Renewal Salon Competition as well as being invited to be the featured artist at the 2014 California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition. Michelle receives invitations to teach, lecture, and give painting demonstrations at various schools and events internationally. She exhibits in galleries nationwide and her paintings are in private collections throughout the US and Europe.


 

Laurin McCracken

"I am a realist watercolorist and my goal is to capture what I see in as much detail as possible in watercolor. The famous Germany artist Albrecht Durer said “The more accurately your work represents life, the better it will appear”.

I believe that using the highest quality material in the creation of my art adds to the quality of my painting. I use exclusively Fabriano’s Artistico paper. For my still life paintings, I use Fabriano 300 pound Soft Press paper. This paper finish is unique to Fabriano. One of the many reasons that I use Fabriano paper is because it is one of the whitest papers available. When I paint a still life that includes highlights on glass or silver I want those highlights to be the whitest that they can be in order create the sparkle on life of these hard materials. The paper works with me to create this effect. The Soft Press finish, because it is relatively smooth, allows me to get the highest degree of detail that I desire. Because of the quality of the fibers of the a paper, when I need to make a smooth transition of value, such as on the side of pear or the handle of a silver teapot, the paper works with me to achieve the effect of creating a three dimensional object on a two dimensional surface. It is almost like the paper is painting with me.

I highly recommend Fabriano paper for any type of watercolor. The range of finishes and sizes should respond to anyone’s needs."