The Ani Art Academies project is brought to life with the help of our passionate faculty and staff. Each member of the Ani Family shares a sincere interest in making a substantial difference in the future of our students and the arts.
Each Ani Art Academies Instructor has successfully completed the Ani Program and is defined by the drive and determination that is essential to meet the program's many meticulous and painstaking challenges. They have each mastered the fundamentals of their craft and applied them directly into the foundations of a highly successful professional art career. They create a new standard for their Students as their technique is matched only by their discipline and dedication.
(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.
Anthony Waichulis (b.1972) Founder of the highly successful Waichulis Studio and Ani Art Academy Waichulis, Anthony has established an international reputation for his Trompe L'oeil paintings. Waichulis' works are highly prized by knowledgeable collectors worldwide and have been lauded by critics on many occasions.Represented by one of the most prestigious galleries in the US, John Pence gallery in San Francisco, Waichulis has exhibited in many of the most respected venues throughout the country including the Arnot Art Museum, The Washington Museum of Fine Arts, The Smithsonian Institute, The Midwest Museum of American Art and the Orlando Museum of Art. Waichulis' works continue to appear regularly in top national publications such as The Artist's Magazine, American Art Collector, and Fine Art Connoisseur. His efforts have gained top honors in both national and international competitions as he continues to command an ever widening audience. In 2006, Anthony became the first Trompe L'oeil painter to be granted Living Master status by the Art Renewal Center. "My painting efforts still remain as steadfast and focused today as they have when my journey began. I continue to teach and lecture privately, at academic institutions, and various at art associations throughout the US. My desire to learn and grow as an important Representational painter remains unfettered. I aspire to honor those I follow and strive to give benefit to those who may one day follow me." -Anthony Waichulis
(b.1979) In paintings and drawings of interiors and landscapes, Leah combines direct observation with memory and emotion, conveying an authentic sense of place. Today, she and her husband live and work in their home and studio in Bear Creek Township, Pennsylvania. In 2009, they completed their first of several instructional DVDs, which are utilized daily in the Ani Art Academies curriculum. In addition to painting and drawing, Leah contributes technical expertise for the Ani Art Academies. Leah, Anthony, and the students at Ani Art Academy Waichulis continue to work together on a daily basis and have become vital to each others creative process. Leah Waichulis graduated cum laude with an Associate’s Degree in Painting and Illustration, studied Fine Art at Pennsylvania State University, and completed the apprenticeship program at The Waichulis Studio. Leah Waichulis’ work continues to evolve with her ongoing study of fine art.
Timothy W. Jahn (b.1977) is a graduate of Ani Art Academy Waichulis where he refined his craft under an intensive apprenticeship with world renowned painter Anthony Waichulis. Before joining the Ani Art Academy Waichulis Studio, Tim immersed himself in the diverse programs of the esteemed Art Student's League and the National Academy in New York City. Since completion of his studies, Tim founded New Jersey atelier, Jahn Studios, and now hold the position of head instructor at the Ani Art Academies Anguilla. Timothy's work has garnered a great deal of attention and accolades, including honors in the Art Renewal Center's International Salon Competition and The Artist Magazine, and appeared in top publications such as Fine Art Connoisseur and American Art Collector.
(B. 1982) Always fascinated by and passionate about the act of drawing and painting, Edward has spent the majority of his life pursuing the knowledge and discipline of these time-honored crafts. Fine Art, Illustration, and Graphics were equally appealing to Edward and therefore offered him the opportunity to absorb a vast spectrum of influences and disciplines.
Edward's enthusiasm continued to grow through his academic years as his hometown college allowed him to meet and study under renowned artists such as Leonard Stankunas and Anthony J. Waichulis. Upon completion of his degree programs, Edward studied the figure independently for two years. While this was extremely rewarding, the desire to immerse himself into a more formal system of training for Representational painting and drafting, led Edward to accept a position as an apprentice at Ani Art Academy Waichulis. Here, he had the opportunity to work alongside some of the most recognized Representational painters and draftsmen of today.
"With the strong foundation cemented by my academic and continued atelier study, my desire to paint and draw continues to grow with each and every endeavor. I take great joy in the opportunities to share what knowledge I have garnered on my journey. I look to bestow unto others that which has driven me to continue on my quest of artistic discovery. I aspire to grow in this craft and hope to inspire others to do the same..." --Edward Dillon
Stephanie Gronchick hails from Northeast Pennsylvania and began her educational career studying Photography and Commercial Art. Her strong passion for travel inspired her to visit and photograph some of the most captivating landscapes around the world. After spending time exploring various destinations while pursuing her photography interests, she felt a desire to take her education to the next level. Knowing that she could make a valuable contribution to the world of business, she shifted her educational interests to focus on pursuing a business career. She is currently completing a Masters of Business Administration degree while fulfilling her dreams of working for an organization that allows her to be involved in a creative environment, while utilizing her business expertise.
Rodney O’Dell Davis followed his passion for fine art, to New York City, where he was accepted into the prestigious Grand Central Academy of Art core-program. After some years diligently studying representational art- he applied to the Ani Art Academy Waichulis, where he met and apprenticed under Anthony Waichulis. Upon completing this challenging and rewarding program, he was offered the position of Head Instructor at Ani Art Academies Thailand. Rodney is constantly inspired, invigorated and thankful for the community of talented individuals, whom have leant him support over the years.Rodney O’Dell Davis’ aesthetic could be described as a veritable carnival of serenely macabre, romantically gothic beauty- a slow, graceful stroll through evocative, melancholic memory. At once darkly fantastical, haunting, dignified, and sublime. As if unable to rouse oneself from a dream—Davis’ work will linger in your thoughts, long after the experience.His influences run the gamut from Baroque art and architecture, 19th century Russian and French academic art- to surrealism, and 20th century pop art. He considers himself drawn to any style that has a powerful, visual impact on the viewer. He is consistently galvanized by immersive art, whether classical, neoclassical or modern.Rodney O’Dell Davis strives to create works that are so powerful, they pull the observer into raw, emotionally charged realities. His desire is that you the audience will come away from his work with the same sensation of unearthly rapture that he feels, when crafting them.
(b.1989) Kevin grew up in Bridgewater, New Jersey, where he became interested in art at a young age. In high school he further developed his drawing abilities and decided he wanted to become a fine artist. After completing high school in 2007, he began his art education at Ducret School of Art where he studied under Timothy Jahn. In 2008, Kevin began an apprenticeship at Jahn Studios where Timothy taught him the Waichulis curriculum. During his time at Jahn Studios, Kevin completed many charcoal drawings and exercises, and also participated in several group shows with his instructor and classmates. In 2012, Kevin moved to Bear Creek, Pennsylvania to continue his training at Ani Art Academies Waichulis. Kevin graduated from the academy in the beginning of 2015 and is now the Head Instructor of Ani Art Academy America, a studio which specializes in providing comprehensive art education to wounded veterans.