Roy Thompson, an artist and entrepreneur founded Pro Arte in 1973. It was his wish to make and sell the best paint brushes for artists in the world. Roy has succeeded greatly, and now with the help of his son Peter, they continue to make great strides as a company. Pro Arte made enormous advancements in the ability to manufacture a synthetic brush that was comparable to natural hair brushes. Their lines of synthetic brushes—Prolene and Prolene Plus—are considered some of the best synthetic brushes available today.