Annette Dozier

In 1974, I opened a cake decorating store and soon added candy making supplies. Then floral supplies
and classes were added. By the time I finished adjusting my business, I had a full-line craft store. A
friend of mine felt that I was working too hard and needed some sort of stress-relieving hobby,
she talked me into taking a beginning painting class in the fall of 1981. I enjoyed the class very much but
I was not sure that I had any real talent or the time to learn to paint well. A year was committed to taking
classes regularly. After a year, I would know how I felt about painting Well, the next thing I knew, I
had piles of books, tons of brushes and I was taking every class I could find. My friend also introduced
me to the local painting chapter and to the National Society of Decorative Painting. Herr’s in Danville
was one of our major suppliers for the store and they hosted many seminars by nationally known
teachers. During my experimental year, I was able to take classes from wonderful teachers like Helen
Barrick, Elaine Thompson, Dorothy Dent and Jackie Shaw, just to name a few.
I did some travel teaching for Dorothy Dent for a couple of years. I also taught some classes at the
national conventions. The pace of teaching, traveling, publishing and running two stores and a warehouse
was a bit much. Also raising four sons added to the mix. In 1990 I decided to close the stores and
warehouse and concentrate on painting for the mass market. First we began doing some craft fairs and
painting for girls that did shows and then quickly advanced to to having reps in the gift market and strictly
wholesaling product. The gift shows are interesting and I love to meet people but my work had to provide
an income for me and the wholesale market seemed to be where I needed to be. At one time, I had more
than fifteen employees in order to keep up with the demand. That was a terribly hectic schedule and soon
I cut back to only wholesaling to a couple of vendors that I wanted to work for. That gave me more time
to design and paint projects. Due to health reasons I had to discontinue the mass production. My first
love is teaching and closely following is designing. I am so thankful that I have been able to publish my
work and help others enjoy and paint.
I especially love hearing from those that purchase my books and patterns and it is always with them in
mind when I try something new. “Share your thoughts and talents with others and you will receive much
more than you give. ” Annette

Society of Decorative Painters
Artistic Friends, Greater St. Louis
Lincoln Trail Decorative Artists

Contact Annette at annettedozier@att.net

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