Our Halloween Gore Store is open! For a limited time you can stock up on all of your favorite Halloween panels as well as a few new additions PLUS a new limited edition brush set put together by Trekell Pro Team Artist, Greg "Craola" Simkins. It’s going to be SPOOKTACULAR!
HALLOWEEN THEMED WOOD PANELS
All of Trekell's artist panels are handcrafted, from Baltic birch, right here in our factory so we can keep a close eye on quality control by maintaining the highest manufacturing standards. Challenge yourself with a new Halloween shaped canvas today!
We will once again have cradled and floater style coffins, 1/2" block and floater style tombstones and ½” block style crystal balls, planchettes, butcher's cleavers, crescent moons, monsters, monster brides and vampire bats shaped panels. Whew! That’s a lot of panels!!
But that’s not all! New this year we have also added a 1/2" block skull, potion bottle and witch AND a floater style crystal ball!
Block Panel - Trekell’s Raw Wood Block Panels transform 1/2” Baltic birch into a minimalistic cradle-less wood panel. Contrasting strength and durability with elegantly smooth, raw wood, this art panel empowers you to prep it how you see fit. It also features a pre-cut keyhole in its back for easy hanging. With that kind of versatility, a 1/2” Block Panel makes for a great starter panel, though those familiar with Trekell’s panels will find their favorite elements here, too.
Floater Panel - Trekell’s Raw Wood Floater Panels are one-piece, handsome hunks of ¾”-thick Baltic birch that have a section routed out to make the art panel look like a frame. In turn, that ¼” gap plays with the eye’s ability to distinguish dimension, allowing whatever you create upon the panel's interior to look as though it’s suspended within the surrounding ½” of stylish wood. It’s a clever trick, highlighting your work without any extra effort on your part. Each panel comes with a key-hole in the back for easy hanging. Try a Trekell Floater Panel today and see the magic for yourself.
Cradled Panel - Trekell’s Raw Wood Cradled Panels are ideal for painting, sculpture, mounting, and so much more. The durable wooden structure can prevent paintings from warping over time. Our cradle panels come in all shapes and sizes to meet your needs.
GREG "CRAOLA" SIMKINS LIMITED EDITION BRUSH SET
Trekell Pro Team Artist, Greg “Craola” Simkins, has compiled his favorite Trekell brushes to create a new Limited Edition Set. Each set comes with 3 Golden Taklon brushes and 5 Crimson Taklon brushes on 6" handles. These brushes are all on orange handles, and feature a black and orange striped tip, with a black ferrule. These synthetic brushes work with all media and come with a sticker featuring Greg’s work.
“I began using Trekell brushes many years ago and haven't looked back. At first it was because the price made them very affordable but the more I used them, the more I loved how they worked. I know I can depend on them for the effects I desired when painting. It has been an honor working with Trekell over the years and watching the company grow and I am honored to have a small part in what the company is doing."
Greg “Craola” Simkins was born in 1975 in Torrance California, just south of Los Angeles. He grew up with a menagerie of animals including a number of rabbits, which often emerge in his paintings. He began drawing at the early age of three and was inspired by various cartoons and books. Some standout books that still find their way into his art are Watership Down by Richard Adams, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.
Simkins’ art continued to progress to the age of 18, when he started doing graffiti under the name “CRAOLA”. Graffiti art became his impetus for creating and gave him the confidence to paint large works. In addition, it taught him perspective, color theory and further developed his artistic skills, which later translated into his work with acrylics.
After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from California State University of Long Beach in 1999, Simkins worked as an illustrator for various clothing companies and bands. He later moved on to Treyarch/Activision where he worked on video games including Tony Hawk 2X, Spider-Man 2 and Ultimate Spider-Man while attempting to paint with every free moment he had.
In 2005, Greg pursued his desire to paint as a full-time artist. Since then, his artwork has appeared in museums, galleries and private collections throughout the world. He has been featured in numerous group exhibitions and has successfully sold out solo exhibitions.
It is his careful weaving of pop culture, the old masters, nature, carnival kitsch, and (most importantly) his warped imagination, that makes Greg Simkins a sought-after surrealist painter today.