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Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith is a leading manufacturer of superior-quality lines of watercolor paints, sticks & grounds, acrylic paints & gesso, & water-soluble oil paints. In 1976, scraping enough money together to purchase on old 3-roll mill, Dan began manufacturing a specialized printmaking ink with the lightfastness and working characteristics artists desired. Over the years, as Dan's partnership with artists grew, so grew the business
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Daniel Smith Artist Supplies

Today, Daniel Smith is a leading designer and manufacturer of beautiful Artist Quality Watercolors and Gouache. Daniel Smith is a leading global manufacturer of artist-quality paints and mediums, including watercolor and gouache.
We have consistently been innovators, offering ever-expanding possibilities, from the Quinacridone and Luminescent colors we first brought to artists, to our versatile Watercolor Ground and our truly artist-quality Water Soluble Oil Colors. To continue to innovate after all these years is a testament to the power of our people, their creative force, and the passion of the artists who choose our products.

Who owns Dan Smith?

Owner John Cogley maintains an unwavering commitment to quality and innovation, so that artists worldwide can always rely on the stellar performance of DANIEL SMITH products, which are proudly made in the USA since 1976.

Where is Dan Smith Watercolors Made?

In 1976, Dan Smith decides to learn how to make his own inks. He sells his motorcycle to fund his idea to become an art materials retailer, and Daniel Smith, Inc. is born in Seattle, Washington. In 1993, Extra Fine™ Watercolors are launched with 15 colors and defined as classic watercolor of unsurpassed purity and permanence. The vision was to produce a truly unique selection of colors that were the best in lightfastness and permanence.

What are PrimaTek Colors?

In 1994, PrimaTek colors made from minerals are introduced. DANIEL SMITH created the PrimaTek line of paints made from minerals, some semi-precious, beginning in 1998 with a cache of Lapis Lazuli. We have a mineralogist who sources minerals which we process into pigment, then mill it into watercolor. PrimaTeks express themselves with gorgeous granulation, giving a sense of movement and depth that some artists have described as magical.