Brian Trekell was backpacking through Japan when he was first inspired by the art of brushmaking. That spark led to an interest that blossomed into a passion. Soon after, he traveled to Bechhofen, Germany, to fine-tune his skills. After mastering the discipline, he returned to America and began his business, one with a commitment to excellence that deserved to be given his name. Things started small: Brian used his Brea, California, apartment as the first base of operations. He worked hard, never forgetting his original inspiration. And, soon, he paired that with a new inspiration: always put quality first. The company grew steadily and he moved to California's spacious High Desert to accommodate it.
ut, as we've expanded our focus to everything from our acclaimed USA-made panels to the paint itself, we've evolved to be so much more.
However, although we've broaden our gaze, we know more than ever what it means to build long-lasting, deeply personal relationships. After the retirement of our original brush headmakers, we now work closely with companies in Germany and Japan, cementing bonds that have literally spanned decades. We also carry products from similar visionary brands who are as driven as we are to change the art world, particularly the lack of affordability/sustainability in the supply market, for the better. When you've been doing things this long, you learn who to trust. More than that, you learn why trust is so important.