Shackile Brooks (b. 1995) Since childhood, Shackile has had a defining interest in art, originally focusing in the areas of graphic and tattoo style drawings. In high school he extended his use of materials and artistic remit through the use of colour to create artworks that expressed his feelings and imagination. He enrolled in the Ani Art Academy program in 2012. For him it was a truly life-changing move, not only for the incredible skills taught there, but also for the development of creative passion within. The course has enabled him to push open the door into other genres, including landscape, portrait and still life. He is dedicated to his further development, excited at what he has achieved, and looks forward to what is to come in his creative journey ahead.
(b.1988) Shanicia has a love for what some consider contemporary art. This love motivated her to acquire training from Louise Brooks in 2005 when her true talent was discovered. To continue improving, she was later tutored by Jose Juan Morena Francis. With an urge to learn how to further express herself through her work and gain new skills and techniques, she began her apprenticeship with Timothy W. Jahn at the Ani Art Academy Anguilla in 2012.She is currently continuing her studies at the Academy where her drawing skills are being enhanced. Shanicia has always been fascinated by landscapes and captures the beauty of her islands scenery, culture, and history through her work. She intends for people to get a feeling of immersion when they view her pieces. Her work has graced the walls of exhibits at Devonish Art Gallery in Anguilla. She hopes her persistence and passion for art will be an inspiration to many.
(b. 1957) Born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Sharon Hourigan received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from King’s College in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.While raising her two children Sharon applied to and was accepted into The Waichulis Studio apprenticeship program in 2009 and later continued her studies with the Ani Art Academies Waichulis in Bear Creek, Pennsylvania.Sharon’s drawings have received numerous awards and recognition including Finalist in the Southwest Artist Magazine’s 20 Over 30 International Competion in 2010, Finalist in the Art Renewal Center International Salon Competions for 2010- 2011, 2011-2012 , 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. Finalist in the American Women Artists Online Exhibit 2013, and Finalist in the Art Kudos Online International Competition 2013.Sharon has participated in several gallery exhibits which include the Capturing Realism Biannual Exhibits 2009, 2011, 2013, Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania. . Mainstreet Galleries “New Season-New Works”, Kingston, Pennsylvania , The Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc “The Big Gamble”, New York, New York, 2013, The Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc “Heros, Villiains, Myths, Legends”, New York, New York, 2014.Four of Sharon’s drawings were exhibited in the group show, “American Still Lifes” at the R.W. Norton Museum, Shreveport, Louisianna in 2014.A collection of her work can be found at Mainstreet Galleries, Kingston, Pennsylvania and in private collections.
Yos was born and grew up in the south of Thailand. He loved drawing since he was young, but had no chance to learn about it. When he grew up and went to work in Bangkok, he worked close to the most famous Art School in Thailand – Silpakorn University, where he started to learn more about art. Years later, he moved to Koh Yao Noi to work, and met Rodney O’Dell Davis. He is now a student at Ani Art Academy.
Stephen A. Yavorski, Jr. (b. 1989) is a graduate of duCret School of Art. He is currently an apprentice at Ani Art Academies Waichulis. Stephen’s work has been featured in several exhibitions including venues such as Swain Galleries, The Salmagundi Club, The Ice House Gallery in Monmouth University, Mainstreet Galleries, and Misericordia University. His has received many accolades most notably a Scholarship Award from the American Artist’s Professional League.
Stephen Sebald (b. 1979): As a boy, in Bay City Michigan, watching cartoons and reading Sunday comics, Stephen wanted to become a cartoonist. As he grew and was exposed to the Old Master, his interest became painting; however, due to availability of materials, the pencil became his tool of choice. Time passed and with high school coming to an end, he needed to make a career choice. Stephen decided upon the only thing that had always held his interest. While attending Delta College, he received some good instruction and saw slight improvement in his skills only to be disappointed by his university experience. Stephen received his BFA, but felt unprepared to earn a living as an artist. Not wanting to continue to obtain an MFA from instructors that told him there was no future being an artist, he found work building and servicing swimming pools, until finding work as an auto mechanic. After a few years he came across some of his old art supplies and started drawing again. He moved onto a good job providing technical assistance to fellow mechanics, and began saving his money to put toward learning how to do what he always longed for. After much time researching, he found artists making the art he was previously told was long dead. He found Ani Art Academy Waichulis via the Art Renewal Center and was later accepted into the program. While waiting to make his move to Pennsylvania, he started The Language of Drawing program, and realized that he had made the correct choice after he found his skills increased exponentially in a few weeks compared to the five years he had spend in community college and university art classes. Feeling a strong connection with the logical progression of the “starting with the foundational principles,” approach of the Waichulis program, Stephen hopes to clear his toolbox of wrenches and sockets and fill it with the skills needed to realize his vocation of artist.
Jamaican born (b. 1995) Taffari Crawford migrated to Anguilla at the age of seven, where he continued his primary and secondary education. It was here that “Art and the creative process has had lasting impact on his life”, spending his childhood making objects from found and recycled materials such as paper, whicker, canvas etc. this practice would develop into the miniature human form characters; featured in some drawings; he would made in his free time and sold while in high school. Also during high school, Taffari decided to study privately, art history (including famous artists, art movements, etc.) via the internet and books found at his local library, to “broaden [his] scope of what art is’’.The Ani Art Academy, he describes, is the perfect vehicle to help Taffari realize his artistic endeavors through the mediums of drawing and painting.
(b. 1954) Tanya studied painting and printmaking at Emily Carr College of Art and David Thompson University in British Columbia, Canada before moving to Japan to study woodblock printmaking with world renowned master Toshi Yoshida. In 1991, her work was recognized by the award of ‘Gold for a New Member’ at the Nihonhangakai, the largest juried exhibition for woodblock prints, held annually in Tokyo.After ten years in Asia, Tanya relocated to the Caribbean where she currently lives and works. She established Phoenix Gallery to showcase her work and provide custom framing services to the island. Always eager to explore different approaches and creative skill sets, Tanya embraced the Language of Drawing program at Ani Art Academy Anguilla in the spring of 2013.
Tatiana Sidorova was raised in a beautiful city located at the heart of Siberia. Only in her late twenties and during her search for the meaning of life, she first realized the importance and necessity of drawing for her soul. When she travelled to Thailand and had a chance to learn about Ani Art Academy, she decided to join the program with a strong desire to master this incredibly enigmatic and vivid language of “creative freedom through logic and discipline."
(b. 1957) As an art therapist, Terese Rogers has encouraged others to use art as a means of self-discovery. In therapy, the art process was used towards this goal more so than the final product. While continuing to enjoy and benefit from the artistic process she has the opportunity, through her apprenticeship at the Ani Waichulis Studio, to focus on the skills needed to achieve her desired form of expression.Terese's work is exhibited at The San Marino Gallery in Pasadena, CA and The Main Street Gallery in Kingston, PA, and most recently in Paris, France. Rogers work has been featured in several publications including The Artists Magazine and American Arts Quarterly.
(b. 1966) Tim Reynolds is the Founder and President of the Ani Art Academies project, co-founder of the non-profit Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory, the Tim Reynolds Foundation, and a thriving Wall Street trading firm. He is also a passionate artist and patron of the arts. Tim’s vision was to create a non-profit effort that would provide an intensive multi-year art skills education to aspiring artists around the world. Mr. Reynolds felt that placing some of the strongest artistic training into the hands of so many aspiring artists around the globe would ultimately create a powerful generation of creatives capable of contributing exciting new ideas, sharing robust cultures, and pioneering new means of connection and communication though expression on a scale not seen before. Mr. Reynolds is currently immersed in the Ani Art Academies program focusing on the development of his own unique voice.
Victor was born on November 6, 1990 in Costa Rica and moved to the Dominican Republic when he was 11. As a young child, Victor was extremely interested in art and enrolled in a workshop for drawing at Handcraft Village art school in Lagoona Gri Gri, Rio San Juan. He continued pursing art independently until the Ani Art Academies opened and he was granted an apprenticeship.
(b. 1994) Victoria spent a fair bit of her early childhood sniffing scented markers and chewing up old crayons. She found that drawing and painting were her obsessions; and so, Victoria decided to form her passion for art into a viable career. It was 2012 when she graduated high school and was presented an immediate seat at the Ani Art Academy Waichulis studio. Now an artist studying under the talented trompe l’oeil artist, Anthony Waichulis, Victoria aims to develop a high enough level of technical skill so she, too, can enjoy drawing and painting realistically.
Welinton Medina Lopez (b. June 25, 1986) Welinton was born in Rio San Juan, Maria Trinidad Sanchez, Dominican Republic. He was very passionate about art as a child and was always drawing many different things. When he was twenty-four years old, he finished studying at the Universidad Abierta Para Adultos (UAPA) in Nagua where he graduated with a degree in Tourism. When Ani Art Academies Dominicana opened in his hometown, Welinton was very interested in studying there because it has always been his dream to be a professional artist. Now he is studying at AAADR where he feels a great sense of belonging. He is deeply immersed in the program and in the future, he hopes to be a respected artist in the Ani family.