The highly anticipated John Pence Gallery event, “Figures & Interiors”, opens this evening, Friday November 20, 2015.  Leah Waichulis joins 34 skilled artists as they exhibit an impressive variety and subject matter in this group exhibition.  The opening reception will be held from 6:00-8:00pm, with the show running through December 19th.  Waichulis’ painting, Cabin Interior, “joins the work of fellow first rank painters displaying first rank work.”


For more information, please visit John Pence Gallery. 


November 20, 2015

Onefive4 Gallery, a digital venue showcasing artworks and the love of artistic expression, recently featured Ani Art Academy Anguilla Instructor Timothy W. Jahn in their weekly 10 Point Artist Profile.  The gallery asked Jahn a series of 10 short questions, including his own favorite artists, his biggest challenges, and his must have item.  This fun interview can be read in its entirety at onefive4gallery.

November 13, 2015

“The Renaissance of Realism,” a two-part exhibition being presented by Gallery 1261 in Denver, Colorado, will showcase Natura, the highly regarded painting by Anthony Waichulis.  The show, which opens Friday, November 13th at 7:00pm, celebrates masterful imagery wrought by deliberate and effective skill and concept.  Waichulis joins a salvo of skilled artists as the gallery invites art lovers to experience and reflect upon the works of this country’s best realist painters.  This is a must see show if you are in the Denver area!

For more information, please visit Gallery 1261.

November 10, 2015

The Ani Art Academies are thrilled to announce our next collaboration with Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Synesthesia, a collection of musically inspired works. The show will open on Saturday April 9th, 2016, at the New York City Gallery.  Ani Artists are hard at work and we are so excited to see what they will come up with for this art-meets-music exhibition; sure to be the best Ani & Rehs collaboration yet!  Stay tuned to and Rehs Contemporary Galleries for more information.


November 3, 2015

Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma will now feature the work of Ani Art Academies’ Artist Leah Waichulis.  The gallery scouts, recruits, and represents many of the finest painters and artworks today, and produces a broad representation of regional, national, and international artists.  They have worked diligently to represent the most driven and committed artists who create works that are visually and emotionally fulfilling.  Congratulations to both Leah and Lovetts, we wish them luck in their future artistic partnership!  Please visit Lovetts Gallery to view and purchase work!

October 30, 2015

Ani Art Academy Waichulis artists visited the 9th Annual Illuxcon this past Saturday.  The exhibition is the world’s largest celebration of imaginative realism, and it showcased the work of over 90 artists and offered demos, lectures, workshops, and round tables covering an array of topics.  Ani Artist Victoria Steel was on hand to lead the group through the exhibit, as she was awarded a Scholarship to attend the entire 5-day event for her drawing, Of Earth, Heaven, and Sea. 

For more information on Illuxcon can be found at their website. 

October 27, 2015

In an article published earlier this week, Anthony Waichulis discusses the problems of “accuracy” in regards to the efforts of observational realists.  He notes that many publications touch base upon this topic, however, many lack the explanation of what drawing or painting accuracy really means.  Waichulis states, “ ‘Accuracy’ for the representational artist is not only found in the gathering of information (e.g. measurement) but also in the registration and organization of the marks that are intended to ‘represent’ the gathered information.”  The article further discusses the necessary variables that are needed to correctly gather information for representational drawing and painting, and provides detailed examples to allow the reader to better understand the proposed ideas.  To read this unique article in its entirety, please visit



October 23, 2015

The invitational exhibition “The Birds” opens this weekend at Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The show, which includes Ani Artists’ Victoria Steel, Leah Waichulis, Timothy Jahn, and Jason Brady, is a collection of original works of birds, about birds, and inspired by the Hitchcock classic.  The opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 24th, from 10am-5pm, with the show running through November 24th.  Please visit Lovetts Gallery for more details, and be sure to stop by and experience this unique exhibition if you are in the Tulsa area!

October 20, 2015

Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate the winners of our 2nd Annual Drawing Competition!  A prestigious panel of judges including Howard Rehs, Kara Ross, Dru Blaire, Kurt Willig, Tim Reynolds, and Steve Diamanté, examined each drawing for the qualities that best represent an artist in true command of his or her talent.

We are thrilled to announce that the 1st place winner is awarded to Taffari Crawford, for his drawing, Under Heaven.   Taffari will be awarded entry into the ARC salon, one of the most challenging and diverse competitions for Representational artists today, a custom frame for his piece, and an Ani Annual Drawing Competition Certificate of Recognition.  2nd place is awarded to Roniedy Bonilla for his drawing, A Cut Above, and 3rd place to Jonathan Ramon Frometa Vasquez, for his drawing, Serenity.  Both will receive entry into the ARC Salon, as well as an Ani Drawing Competition Certificate of Recognition. 

Also deserving honorable mention are (in no particular order), Catherine Acosta, Silent Voice, Felix Esteban Rosario, Friends Forever, Fraelo Lantigua Garcia, A Beautiful Distraction, Patricia Alanzo Diaz, Enchanted, Romaro Richardson, Homage to Rosie and Wendy, Carolin Melo, Last Day of Summer, and Victor Pena Chavez, Pensando En Ti, all of who will be awarded entry into the ARC Salon. 

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the panel of judges that assisted us in making this event a success.  Their time and expertise are thoroughly appreciated and we look forward to working with them in the future!


October 14, 2015

(b.1975) Although Dan has always had an interest in painting, he became serious about art in 2011 when he resigned from his corporate America position to pursue a more creative endeavor.  In an effort to earn a living through the utilization of anything art, Dan embarked upon an exciting journey as a tattoo artist.  While traveling the globe and perfecting his skill, Dan learned of the Ani Art Academies’ program from a fellow tattooer and Ani apprentice.  He was thoroughly impressed with the work that was being produced by the academy and was immediately inspired to apply.  Dan began his apprenticeship at Ani Art Academies Waichulis in 2014 with the intent of developing himself into the best artist possible and in turn opening the doors to future artistic opportunity.

Congratulations to Dan on being named the Ani artist of the week!  Keep up the great work, we can’t wait to see what your future holds! 

Click here to visit Dan's image gallery.

October 9, 2015

We are thrilled to announce the grand opening of Ani Art Academy Thailand!  The school, located on the beautiful island of Koh Yao Noi, kicked off classes today.  Dean, Rodney O’Dell Davis was ecstatic to begin teaching his eager group of creatives and spent the day introducing the students to the intense curriculum that they are excited to begin.  We wish Mr. Davis and his apprentices luck in their new endeavor and cannot wait to see the wonderful work that they will soon be sharing with us! 

October 7, 2015

Ani Art Academy Waichulis was thrilled to host the Advanced Placement Art Students from Pocono Mountain School District (PMWHS) earlier this week.  Instructor Kevin Moore joined the students and their instructor, Kris Miele-Beatty, at the Pauly Friedman Gallery where they were captivated by the art being showcased in the Capturing Realism exhibition.  The students then made their way to the AAAW studio where they enjoyed a presentation highlighting the work of Ani Artists.  The highpoint of the afternoon was when students were paired up with Ani apprentices and allowed to try their hand at some of the Ani curriculum exercises.  It was truly a wonderful experience to be able to share the day with local young creatives, and we look forward to our next visit from Pocono Mountain School District!

October 2, 2015

Ani Art Academies’ artists Anthony Waichulis, Leah Waichulis, Emma Hirst, and Jason Brady will be exhibiting work in the upcoming show at John Pence Gallery, Still Life & Florals.  The event will showcase brilliant examples of Classical American Realism and is a must see if you are in the Bay Area.  The John Pence Gallery, in its 29th year in downtown San Francisco, is one of the premiere academic realist galleries in the United States, and is primarily known for its strong stable of living academic artists.   Still Life & Florals runs October 16th-November 11th, please visit the John Pence Gallery for more information.


September 25, 2015

Anthony Waichulis has created an informative video demonstrating the impact of automaticity in the development of representational drawing skills.  He states, “If the arts are to remain a viable component of early education, resources need to be made available to educators that demonstrate the development of specific visual arts skills and the effective means by which such skills can be objectively assessed.”  He hopes that this video is a resource that will make a small contribution to that effort. 

Please view Automaticity and Visual Art Skill Development here.


September 22, 2015

Ani Art Academy Anguilla artist Taffari Crawford was awarded the Student of the Quarter Award earlier this month.  After pursuing the study of art throughout high school, Taffari began the Ani curriculum in 2014, and has since committed himself wholeheartedly to the Ani program.  We were able to take some time to talk to Taffari and find out more about him, his inspirations, and aspirations as an artist living in Anguilla.

Q: When did you become interested in art?

A: I became interested in art, really, while in junior high school. Although I had always been making things and drawing for as long as I can remember and people would say I was 'artistic', it wasn't until second form of junior high school that I really started reading about art history on my own and questioning what I was doing, partly to impress a particular art teacher at the time.

Q: What inspires you as an artist?

A: As an artist, I would say that I'm inspired by culture. Although that’s a broad subject, I'm inspired by the grey areas where cultures overlap or are lost. I'm also inspired by things that define a particular culture.

Q: What are your artistic goals?

A: My artistic goal overall, is to create artwork in several practices that provides a question(s) involving culture

Q: How is the Ani Art Academy helping you to reach those goals?

A: The Ani Art academy is helping me reach my artistic goals by providing the opportunity to learn a discipline that, in its nature, inspires patience, dedication and alertness, which I believe are fundamental practices for anyone who wishes to achieve success in their field of practice. I am given the perfect situation, with an instructor, Timothy Jahn, who inspires us to think more and encourages different ideas and classmates who are all inspiring as well, as we are all willing to share our opinions. It is also very rewarding in the end.

Q: Do you have any hobbies that you want to share with us?

A: In my free time, I'm usually online looking at art galleries, watching art documentaries, exhibition walkthroughs, artists interviews etc. I listen to a lot of music mostly reggae, hip-hop, jazz and standards. I watch a lot of movies and TV shows. I also make miniature sculptures/ figurines out of clay, whicker, paper and other materials.

Q: How (if) does living in Anguilla contribute to your artistic aesthetic?  

A: Living in Anguilla contributes because of the cultural and ethnic diversity I encounter daily.

Q: Is there anything else about yourself that you may want to share?

A: I am originally from Jamaica. I moved here with my parents and sister when I was seven years old.

We would like to thank Taffari for his time and once again congratulate him on being selected as Student of the Quarter.  We certainly look forward to following his future artistic endeavors!

To view Taffari's biography and portfolio, please visit


September 18, 2015

Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate artist Emma Hirst on her graduation from Ani Art Academy Waichulis!  Upon her return to California, Emma will be participating in upcoming exhibitions with various galleries including Studio Gallery and John Pence Gallery.  We wish Emma continued success in her future artistic endeavors and look forward to seeing all that she accomplishes!  

To view Emma's work, please visit

September 15, 2015