" Eric Silver is a solid and reliable craftsman. His colors mix wonderfully on the palette and have great charisma under the brush. You can expect the highest quality from Blue Ridge and rest assured that you are using exceptional materials. "
" I was immediately attracted to Blue Ridge Oil paints for their richness and tinting strength. Now that I have been working with them for some time, I have discovered a depth of use I was not getting in my work before. Their beautiful buttery consistency pulls off the brush, lays thick when I need it, and works well when thinned with just my mineral spirits. Bravo, Eric, for crafting a paint of such high integrity! "
" I've been getting many of my major "work horse" colors from Blue Ridge for the past two years and have been very pleased with them. The tints are clean and the prices are extremely competitive. I’m happy to recommend them to my friends and students. "
Candice Bohannon Reyes
" Blue Ridge paints are on my palette every day. They are quality colors and are unique in appearance and vibrance. I highly recommend this brand. "
Lon Clark - Dean, San Fransisco Studio School
" Ultimately, pure, brilliant and nuanced oil colors in well-crafted, responsive oil paint are essential to realizing the depth of the painter’s individuality. The use of the paint can be rich and subtle or frank and direct. But without the possibilities existing in the paint, the full gamut of expression remains unreachable to the painter. Blue Ridge Oil Colors provide those possibilities.
The integrity of a paint can only be determined by its maker, and likewise the integrity of the transactions between the paint maker and the painter. Eric Silver has gained a reputation for having ideals, for making superb artist oil paints and for having genuine integrity, which is something the world needs more of. Blue Ridge paint has become associated with an honest relationship between high principles and remarkable products. We recommend it highly to our students at the San Francisco Studio School, as well as using it ourselves. "
" After using Blue Ridge Oils for over a year they have turned out to be everything I hoped for. After a few months I felt they were worthy of recommending to my fellow members of the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast. Believe me, I did not take that step lightly. Since then I have recommended them at all of my workshops and to anyone else that paints.
Thanks, Eric for producing a superior product.
" I have been using the Blue Ride Oils exclusively for several months. I like the consistency on my brush and how the brush strokes build up on the canvas. I don't need to add medium to get a nice flow from the paint.The tinting strength is much better than the paint I had used for decades. The customer service is outstanding. So glad to find this superior product.
" I used to wonder at the paint quality in old Dutch and Flemish paintings and I had attempted unsuccessfully to recreate the effects with titanium white and cremnitz white. I tried adding mediums, using different types of brushes, etc, but in the end nothing could stand in for the unique thixotropic property of traditional lead white. Ever since I made the switch from titanium white to Blue Ridge’s Flemish White I have finally started achieving the look I was aiming for. Now when I visit a museum and I see a perfect, gelatinous highlight or a thick broken impasto, both seemingly created with the same white, I have a better understanding of how it was accomplished.
I think Eric Silver is the closest thing to a modern-day “colorman”. Back in the 18th and 19th centuries an artist would have a trusted supplier of pigments and paints with whom he could discuss materials face to face. Nowadays it is almost impossible to get information from paint manufacturers and artists often don’t know what is in their paint. Eric’s small and personal operation restores the tradition of collaboration between colorman and painter. He is open and honest with his methods and ingredients and is willing to do custom work. "
Bryce Cameron Liston
" I just wanted to let you know, how blown away I was the other day when I used your tube of cobalt violet oil paint. After trying practically every other cobalt violet made under the Sun, I had consigned myself to the fact that it is a very weak pigment and I use it according to that theory, I have continued to use the color because there is no other like it. However your cobalt violet seemed to defy the rule and it went down beautiful with plenty of pigment strength. I also love your Flemish white and all the samples and colors that you sent me, the colors are rich and pure. Working with you has been like having my own expert color-man, it's how it should be, and just like it was in the past for all of the great artists. I am looking very forward to using more of your quality paint. "
" Most art brands create oil paint for the sake of mass production; very little conscious effort is put into making a long
lasting product for the sake of the artist’s work and its longevity. It is rare to find someone interested in assisting
artists for the sake of art, Eric Silver of Blue Ridge Oil Paints is one of these rare souls and his product is
exceptional. Eric is extremely generous and very well informed in the manufacturing process of paint and of its
history. Eric apprenticed with Robert Doak, which should tell you all you need to know about his serious
commitment to creating the best artist’s paints possible. I have been extremely picky with how the paint I work with
feels to the brush, having used several brands I found a few that moved the way I like it. Using Blue Ridge Paints
for the first time was like upgrading from a Honda to a Lamborghini. Not only are the colors true to their name,
not only are they made with original source materials, but they also have a viscosity I have never experienced with
any other paint, and a luminosity that is without comparison. I hope Eric Silver and Blue Ridge Paints are around
with us for a very long time to come, the best of luck to you and thank you again for your generous contribution to
our craft. "
" "I discovered Blue Ridge oils several years ago and find them to be of the highest quality. Its always a
pleasure to find a product where the maker does not compromise quality and effort. I'd recommend Blue Ridge oils
to any serious artist who won't settle for less than the best."
" Ive been an illustrator for 20 years and tried every brand of paint. These are the best. The research,
thought and care that went into making them are amazing. I have many unsued tubes all over the place
because I prefer working with Blue Ridge paints. My art teacher recommended them and Ron really knows
what hes doing - I trust his judgement. It wasnt off. Nobody is doing what Blue Ridge does with paints
these days - going back to the original roots and the purest sources. Everyone else is just concerned with
making a buck...Blue Ridge doesnt compromise the quality of their paint. "
" As a professional artist I am very picky about my paint. Blue Ridge Oil Paint hand mills pigments I have
not seen before and I was eager to try. I was not disappointed! The paint is unlike any other paint I have
ever tried. There is no oil sopping, the pigment load is heavy and the paint is the perfect consistency to
Before finding them I was down to one brand which, while good, did not carry the antique colors I needed.
Blue Ridge also ships very fast and paint is packaged perfectly.
I am now hooked and will be buying more! "
" Ordering paints from Blue Ridge Artist Materials is quite simply a pleasure. The oils have a smooth,
buttery consistency and the quality is unmatched. You can email Eric, and he will help with color
questions, which is just invaluable. New colors mixed fresh, quick shipping and outstanding customer
service. It just makes good sense to order from Blue Ridge. "
" I can't say enough about Blue Ridge paint and Eric Silver. His paint is of the highest quality. A
rare combination of unparalleled handling, ground to the perfect consistency and strength. Eric
Silver's commitment to quality and freshness is a tremendous value to the oil painter. "