Episode 40: Maria Kreyn


We are launching our latest Suggested Donation Podcast joined by Maria Kreyn from her spaceship in the bubble. Maria is a serious talent with several artistic identities which we explore with her. She walks us through her process and outlook with fantastic tales from Burning Man, psychedelic art experiences, Norwegian adventures, nomadic lifestyle and the chaos of her mind. It was too much fun to stop recording, so strap in for a long podcast that flew by for us and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Thanks to Maria for such a great and open conversation, Jay Braun and for all of your emails, comments and positive reviews!!!

The Horizon 42 x 60 inches oil on canvas 2017

The Horizon
42 x 60 inches
oil on canvas

Eva's hands 26 x 34 inches oil on canvas 2017

Eva's hands
26 x 34 inches
oil on canvas

Obscure Object 32 x 40 inches oil on canvas 2015

Obscure Object
32 x 40 inches
oil on canvas


Episode 39: Jacob Pfeiffer

Your pals sit down and have an entertaining conversation with artist Jacob Pfiffer during a trip to San Francisco. Jacob’s work is provocative, meticulously crafted and often humorous. We chat about his education in Milwaukee ,graffiti, his move to San Francisco, John Pence Gallery and his journey to becoming professional artist. A fun time with a great artist.



Apple Sauce" 27 x 17 inches, oil on panel

"Rock Candies" 14 x 18 inches, oil on panel

"Fish Sticks II" 30 x 18 inches

"The Great Pyramid", 28 x 28 inches, oil on panel

Episode 37: Jeremy Mann

End of Summer blues got you down? Well, the lads have the cure for your post-summer hangover- THAT'S RIGHT!! Boo-ya! Another dynamite Suggested Donation Podcast coming at ya! The fellas had a great time drinking wine and talking shop with artist Jeremy Mann in his home in Oakland California.


The Forgotten (version two - Neglect) - 48 x 48 inches - Oil on Panel

Nadezda - 51 x 45 inches - Oil on Panel

Empire - 42 x 84 inches - Oil on Panel

SF11 - 48 X 48 Inches - Oil On Panel

Episode 36: Aaron Nagel

The boys sit down with Bay area figure artist and musician Aaron Nagel for a great conversation about his early days playing in the punk/ska band Link 80, his focus on becoming a figure painter, fitness and much more. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.



Episode 35: Peter Trippi

Lawrence Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity

Lawrence Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity

Lawrence Alma-Tadema : In My Studio

Lawrence Alma-Tadema : In My Studio

peter trippi



We sat down with Peter Trippi, Editor-in-Chief of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. Peter directed New York’s Dahesh Museum of Art, which specialized in 19th-century European academic painting and sculpture; before that, he held senior posts at the Brooklyn Museum and Baltimore Museum of Art. 

In 2002, Phaidon Press published Trippi’s monograph J W Waterhouse, which reassesses the Victorian painter best known for his Lady of Shalott at Tate Britain. Trippi went on to co-curate the Waterhouse retrospective that appeared 2008-2010 in the Netherlands, England, and Canada.  In 2016, Trippi co-curated the exhibition Lawrence Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity, which is visiting three European museums through 2017: the Fries Museum (Leeuwarden, Netherlands), Belvedere (Vienna, Austria), and Leighton House Museum (London).  Trippi co-edited and contributed to the 250-page book that accompanies the project. 

Peter will host the up coming Figurative Art Convention and Expo, November 8-11 in Miami, Florida which will pull together some of the best figurative artists in the world. 

Episode 34: Anthony Mangieri


Like painting, making pizza explores the infinite possibilities of arrangement between a limited number of ingredients. Working in the traditional Neapolitan form, Anthony Mangieri has been chasing (and according to numerous critics, achieving) perfection for decades. He opened Una Pizza Napolitana in NYC to rave reviews and full bookings, later relocating to San Francisco and embracing a healthier personal lifestyle with ready access to the outdoors. We have been fans forever and were honored to record a conversation with someone who sits so squarely at the top of his field, consistently bringing passion and energy to his work. Our friend Michael Evans joins us as well. We hope you enjoy this one as much as we did! 


Episode 33: Adam Miller


We met up with one of the brightest young stars of the realist art movement, Adam Miller, for a fascinating conversation. We could easily have talked for hours - Adam was incredibly generous sharing his ideas and expounding on his allegorical work. He is a huge talent and if you are unfamiliar with his paintings do yourself a favor and take a look at his work on his website. We hope that you enjoy this one as much as we did!

"Harvest", Oil on canvas, 72" x 36", 2015

"The Finch Collectors" Oil on canvas, 71" x 47", 2016

"Twilight in Arcadia", Oil on canvas, 2013

Episode 32: Daniel Sprick

Daniel Sprick is widely considered one of the leading realist painters. His work is featured in numerous private and public collections including the Denver Art Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, and the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock. His work has inspired countless artists including the Suggested Donation Duo. That’s right, the boys were honored to sit down with Daniel during his recent New York City show. Gerald Peters Gallery hosted us for this one in a plush private viewing room. You may hear signs of the flutter of activity at the gallery from time to time. You can see some of the work we discuss on the Gerald Peters Website: http://www.gpgallery.com/exhibitions/daniel-sprick-recent-works
We are getting on top of the sound, and appreciate all of your feedback. Please let us know your thoughts and we hope you enjoy this one as much as we did!

Wake from a Dream, oil on board, 60 x 54 inches

Souls in Purgatory, 2016, oil on board, 30 x 48 inches

Sherry, 2012, oil on board, 20 x 20 inches

“Bird Skeleton” Oil & Board 12″ x 9″ 

“Landscape & Pansies” Oil & Board 24″ x 30″

Episode 31: Burton Silverman

We hope this one is worth the wait: We recorded with a legend in New York City Realism, Burt Silverman.  Burt has had a long career spanning over six decades. His list of shows and honors is far too extensive to state here, but some highlights are the inclusion of his work in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and the New Britain Museum, to name just a few. Burt is known for his figurative paintings, portraits and illustration for publications such as the New Yorker. He is also known as a generous teacher, a beacon for generations of young artists. Burt’s name has been at the top of our list since the inception of Suggested Donation Podcast, so we are honored to finally have the chance to present this conversation to you. We are grateful for all of your positive comments and your patience during our recent podcast drought. We recently switched to a different software and hope that the sound is still of high quality - please let us know your thoughts. Enjoy!


Beach Chair Series II

Alabama Spring

Night Dancer II



Portrait of Emil Goldfus 1957

Church Protest

Walking Together

Episode 30: UNVARNISHED #1

Welcome to Suggested Donation Unvarnished. This is the first in our series within the series of rougher, unedited conversations mostly between Tony and Edward, but here we are joined by up-and-coming superstar artist Anthony Baus to discuss summer, the fellowship that took him to Italy, and the most popular Scotch in Mexico. We hope you enjoy these episodes full of "Unvarnished Moments" which we will periodically and without warning throw into the mix alongside our regularly scheduled program. 


Anthony Baus "Santa Maria Maggiore" / ink wash and pen / 15"x22" / 2016

Episode 29: Max Ginsburg

Sharpen your pencils and get ready for our latest back-to-school spectacular! In by popular demand we have a wide-ranging conversation with the one and only Max Ginsburg. Max walks us through about seven decades of realist art and illustration enlightening us with his philosophy along the way. Thanks to the Grand Central Atelier in Queens, NY where we recorded this one and as always to the fabulous and fierce Jay Braun. Hope you enjoy! 


FORECLOSURE   Oil   40" x 65"   2011

UNEMPLOYED ON LINE   Oil   40" x 80"   2013

BUS STOP   Oil   50" x 72"   2010

Episode 28: Michelle Ross


We recorded with violinist and composer Michelle Ross exploring the intersection between classical music and art. Michelle is a hugely accomplished musician and we discuss her early introduction to the violin, the influence of her teacher Itzhak Perlman, her recent 33-days of Bach performances in NYC, and music composition. We loved speaking with Michelle and even got her to play exclusively for the podcast. We hope that you enjoy this one! 

Thanks to Eleventh Street Arts at the Grand Central Atelier, where we recorded. 




photo credit: Lisa Marie Mazzucco

photo credit: George Evan

Episode 27: Mario Robinson

We sat down with Mario Robinson for a great and completely unedited conversation - we have been wanting to record with him for a while and we finally had the chance on the heels of the release of his excellent new book about painting in watercolor: Lessons in Realistic Watercolor. We hear about his epic journey from Oklahoma to New Jersey to the US Army to Brooklyn to Alabama and back to Jersey. Mario is a friend and a hugely talented artist so we had a blast with this recording. We hope that you enjoy our conversation with him as much as we did! Thanks to the Grand Central Atelier where we recorded, Kelly Foss and of course the lovely and wickedly talented Jay Bran (Braun-Braun-Braun).



Episode 26: Sharon Sprung

We recorded with artist and teacher Sharon Sprung. Sharon is a leader in the New York figurative art scene. We follow her from Glen Cove, Long Island to Cornell to NYC. She studied with legendary teachers Robert Beverly Hale and Harvey Dinnerstein at the National Academy of Design and Art Students League before joining the ranks herself. It was a fun conversation and we hope that you enjoy it! As always, thanks to the Grand Central Atelier where we recorded and ol' man Jay Braun for taking the lead on our new jingle, perhaps one of the all time great jingles created by human or beast. 


"Bettina", Acrylic & Oil on Board, 48 x 30

"Callas" Oil on Panel, 40 x 40

"Zeli", Oil on Panel, 36 x 36

"Pink and Red Meditation", Oil on Panel, 36x42

Episode 25: Brian Booth Craig

We sat down and had a fun conversation with sculptor Brian Booth Craig. Brian has a show of his sculptures at Bernarducci Meisel in New York City that opens on April 7.




Amanda I, Bronze, 2015

Carey, Bronze, 2015

Emily, Bronze, 2015

Diane, Bronze, 2015



Episode 24: Jon Demartin

We are pleased to announce the release of our latest installment of Suggested Dontation Podcast, a conversation with acclaimed artist, teacher and now author, Jon DeMartin. We had a blast speaking with Tony’s studio neighbor and friend Jon. We covered baseball, his training with Michael Aviano, the elusive Ketchup Bottle painting, Baldassarre Franceschini and of course his new book: Drawing Atelier, The Figure. You can learn more about Jon, see his work and order his book through his website: www.jondemartin.com . We hope that you enjoy the discussion! As always thanks to the great Jay Braun, the Grand Central Atelier, and especially all of you who continue to listen and send positive comments, feedback and emails! 



TheThree Graces, 2002, red and white chalk, 26 x 19 inches

Soaring, 2012, oil on canvas, 36x24 inches

Faith in the Wilderness, 2006-2007, oil on canvas, 26x53 inches

Bound, 2004, black and white chalk, 18x12 inches

Episode 23: Scott Waddell

We're back, again. This time we are joined by artist and old pal, Scott Waddell. We recorded with local hero, Jay Braun, at the Grand Central Atelier in Queens, NY, where Scott, Tony and Edward all teach painting. Scott recently left his long run as one of the favorite core instructors to pursue his burgeoning online mentoring and instructional videos. We discuss this transition, his roots in film and, of course, his epic paintings. We hope you enjoy this conversation with one of our favorite artists! Definitely check out Scott's informative and engaging videos at his website:


Episode 22: Joseph McGurl

It’s been a while, but we are back with another riveting installment of Suggested Donation Podcast! 
We sat down with an artist who is widely considered to be one of the greatest living landscape painters, Joseph McGurl. Joseph’s paintings fuse vivid detail with a textured surface creating paintings that possess real presence. His works are painted using only his plein-air sketches, scientific knowledge and large doses of imagination. We discuss his philosophy on art, technique, tools and his love of science. We are grateful to Joseph McGurl for generously sharing his ideas with us. Thanks always to the Salmagundi Club for hosting us, and to Jay Braun for his many talents. Enjoy the show! 


Episode 21: Robert Simon

Suggested Donation Podcast is back with another dynamite episode! Hot off the presses, our back to school special edition is perhaps our most extraordinary scoop to date, featuring Old Master Dealer and real-life Indiana Jones, Robert Simon. Hear the gripping story of an art historical find of momentous proportions -- the discovery of the century -  told by the man at the center of it, and all in his own words presented in futuristic technicolor sound. This epic story has barely been covered by the media in the US of A, so we are very excited to be the exclusive podcast source for the Robert Simon saga!

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519)

"Salvator Mundi" Oil on panel, 25 13/16 x 17 7/8 inches (65.6 x 45.4 cm)
Private Collection