Michael was born and lived in NJ all of his life but for a brief stent in VA and the US Marine Corps. He loved drawing and the arts since he was a little child until the trappings of the world had him on a downward spiral chasing after money and things instead of his passion. Michael owned and operated several successful businesses until a series of events separated him from all the things he had thought were important. During this time Jesus took hold of him and changed his life, bringing Michael into fellowship with Him. He went back to school studying art, physics and theology and just before graduating his health worsened and he was unable to keep up with the work. During that time he realized his love for art again, and now several years later this program with Ani has given him the chance to once again pursue this passion. Michael thanks God for leading him to this program and he looks to honor Him with the time God has given him on this earth!
Michael Hernandez (b. 1994) was born in the Dominican Republic and migrated to the island of Anguilla in 2007. A fiery enthusiasm for all things art began during his childhood years as he admired and sought after the graffiti skills of his older brothers. Later on during the years, Michael took his ‘boyish’ skills and sought to mature them under the tutelage of artist Juan Moreno Francis, through whom he was introduced to painting. Following that, he enrolled in the Jose Ignacio Morales Foundation in La Romana, Dominican Republic.Michael began his apprenticeship with artist Timothy W. Jahn at the Ani Art Academy in Anguilla in 2013. As he is recently enrolled in the Waichulis program, Michael encounters challenges every day that only serve to fuel his passion to become great. Art is indubitably Michael’s voice, and he demands to be heard.
Ploy was born in Bangkok as the eldest daughter of Mr. Booncherd Pinpart (Assoc. Prof. in Thai Classical music) and Ms. Anong Pinpart (Pharmacist). She took secondary school at the College of Fine Art, Silpakorn Department, and decided to continue her education in the Fine Art Department (majoring in Sculpture), Faculty of Architecture, King Mongkut Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL). During her years in the University, she occasionally joined art exhibitions, including an exhibition arranged by Thavibu Gallery, in Silom Galleria Building in Bangkok under the theme of “Body Language I." After graduation, she spent much of her time in practicing and developing art skills. The most outstanding step was when Assistant Prof. Dr. ML. Nibhada Devakul at the Department of Philosophy and Religion, Faculty of Humanity, Kasetasrt University, kindly taught her first hand knowledge about Aesthetics, resulting in great development in the arts way of thinking. Later, she visited Koh Yao Noi and got to know Ani Art Academies, where she is learning the Language of Drawing and heading forward to painting in realism. She gladly applied to study at Ani Thailand without hesitation.
Nakorn was born into a soldier’s family and became interested in art after learning about it from his neighbor. After finishing junior high school, he continued his education at Cholburi Vocational School in the faculty of fine art. He won many student awards during his education, including 2nd prize from The Regional Skill Contest of Drawing & Sculpture. Consequently, he earned a scholarship to study at Burapha University, Cholburi. After his education, he moved to Phuket where he met Rodney O’Dell Davis. Nakorn decided to join Ani Art Academy Thailand and moved to Koh Yao Noi to pursue his dream.
Foremost was born and raised in Bangkok. Although he never had art classes when he was young, he developed a connection to art through his favorite comic books, Gundum and Dragon Ball. He started drawing characters from the books as his hobby. When he graduated from high school, he had a chance to meet his long lost friend, who introduced Foremost to Ani Art Academy and the instruction of realistic art. He then moved from Bangkok to Koh Yao Noi to join the academy and develop his artistic skills.
For Nicole Adkisson (b. 1979) born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, creating art has been a lifelong interest. Focusing on still life and landscape paintings, she strives to communicate beauty through every day objects and a sense of place and time for the viewer. After studying classical art for two years in Edmond, Oklahoma her journey continues as an apprentice at the Ani Art Academy Waichulis.
(b. 1982) Omar was born in Scranton Pennsylvania. Raised by spiritual and supportive parents, Omar drew on positive life experiences to shape his work. The truth and honesty he strives to achieve in his work has captured the attention of many art lovers. Many awards and accolades reinforce his success within prestigious national competitions like the Art Renewal Center's Scholarship Competition, International Salon, and the F&W publication, Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing. Omar exhibits regularly on a national scale and has already participated in several key showcases. As Mr. Rodriguez continues to pursue his personal aesthetic goals, he looks forward to contributing to the efforts of the Ani Art Academies project.
(b. January 15, 1993) Since Patricia was a little, she felt very passionate about art. She was interested in design, drawing and painting. When she was at school, she was an excellent student, but especially in art classes. When she graduated high school, she didn’t have the opportunity to attend University. She then started working on many different artistic activities in her hometown. This included competitions that showcase her talent, such as designing costumes, where she was recognized with trophies. Then her dreams came true when she was accepted to study at Ani Art Academies Dominicana. Art is her true passion and she hopes to continue to develop her art skills.
Being an Air Force Brat and a Third Culture Kid, Phil cannot claim to be from anywhere exactly but from a little bit of everywhere. Moving every few years his interests changed quickly but his love of drawing and painting never changed. His focus in painting is Trompe l’oeil and is inspired by the idea of creating order from piles of colored goop. Phil followed his passion for art and was the top graduate for the School of Liberal Arts receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Auburn University and is continuing his pursuits in art at Ani Art Academy Waichulis.
From Nakorn Sridhamaraj Province in the south of Thailand, Plakorn moved to Bangkok for his education. Even though he was interested in Art, he had never had a chance to pursue his dream. Later on, he got a job in a tattoo shop in Bangkok. That was the first time his dream became closer and more reachable. His senior co-worker taught him about tattoo and also gave him some advice about art. In 2015, he decided to move to Krabi and worked in a tattoo shop with his friends. After a while, he met Rodney O’Dell Davis, who introduced him to the art program at the academy. Plakorn decided to join Ani Art Academy to pave his way to be an artist.
Born in St.Maarten in 1997, Prudence has always been inspired and excited about art. From early on, Prudence has been expressing herself through drawings, colorings, and paintings. Though she enjoyed art she never considered it as being a professional possibility. It was her mother’s encouragement and the opportunity to attend the Ani Art Academy in Anguilla that allowed her to embrace the idea of becoming a skilled artist. "Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up,” said Pablo Picasso. In the future she intends to give back to the community the skill she acquired as a young person.
Rachael Bills is a Wisconsin-born artist. From early childhood, she showed an interest in inventing and drawing cartoon creatures, enjoying putting her imagination into visual form. After taking high school art classes, she saw for the first time the enjoyment, satisfaction, and technical challenges that come with drawing from life. While she always had a love for art and saw drawing as an instinctive form of self-expression, she never found an avenue to give practical direction to her passion until she applied to Ani Art Academies Waichulis and was offered a full scholarship. She is currently working through the drawing program with Ani and is thrilled to experience the creative process in a way she never has before, throwing all she has into improving her skills and turning her passion into a career.
(b.1995) Since he was small, Reidy was very interested in art, so he decided to follow that passion with the goal of becoming a great artist. Reidy was so enthusiastic about this goal, he opted to participate in an art contest that is held each year in Rio San Juan. It was in these contests that he really showed his talent in public, and even won first place. When Reidy turned 17 years old, he graduated high school and began looking for a way that he could advance on his goal. As time went by, Reidy met several artists from different countries with whom he got to work and to learn about various types of art. This allowed him to learn alternate techniques and find new inspiration. That is when he met the students of Ani Art Academies Dominicana. At Ani, he felt interested and had the opportunity to study and continue to advance his artistic skills. The Ani Art curriculum has immensely helped his ability, and he now feels he has finally found the opportunity that will enable him to fulfill his lifelong goal.
(b. 1991) Ricardo grew up in Jersey City, NJ and realized his affection for the arts at a very early age. In high school this developed into a life-long obsession as he was exposed to figurative art. Ricardo has studied at New Jersey City University as well as duCret School of Art. He was then referred to Jahn Studios by former art teacher Monica Baumann and other students. In November of 2009 he enrolled in an apprenticeship under Timothy Jahn to realize his goal of becoming a representational artist.
(b. 1978) Roger C. Long graduated from Montclair State University with a degree in Illustration. He would later study privately with famed artists Michael Aviano and Timothy Jahn. His studies were then augmented at the esteemed Academy duCret in New Jersey. He is currently an apprentice at The Ani Art Academy Waichulis. His highly sought after works have been exhibited at numerous galleries and have received national recognition, most notably with the Allied Artist of America and The Art Renewal Center.
Romaro H. Richardson (b. 1993) had a humble upbringing as a child. Due to medical conditions however, he was exempt from most physical recreational activities the average child would have partook in. Positively, this led to him having a vivid imagination that reflected in the homemade toys he produced.In his adolescent years, Romaro’s prior career pursuit was that of the construction field; the profession common to the men in his family. Hence his secondary and tertiary level academics were surrounded with relative courses. Outside of Technical Drawing at O-level education and Geometrical and Mechanical Engineering drawing at A-level education, Romaro has not held a pencil to produce any artistic works. He is however an enthusiast of digital media with an emphasis on Photography and Videography, and has worked alongside webmasters residing in Anguilla; Recently Nori Evoy of Anguilla-beaches.com.In the first quarter of 2012, a few months prior to completing A-level studies, Romaro began studying under the headship of Artist Timothy Jahn the current instructor of Ani Art Academies Anguilla. He is fully committed into the program. As it will lay a well needed stepping stone in his pursuit for becoming competent in Media and Communication. He wishes to adapt the Waichulis Language of Drawing methodology to producing graphic design works with the aid of graphics tablets.Being inspired by the many Christian art works of the renaissance era, Romaro has plans to create works with references to the life and teachings of The Christ and the Early Church, as well as works that reflect Caribbean Culture and Heritage.