"It was magical, it was wonderful, it was Hollywood," gushes Priscilla.As you all know, it was Priscilla that held the first organization meeting that brought together 22 decorative painters on October 22, 1972. Together this creative group founded the Society of Decorative Painters (SDP) and elected Priscilla as our first president. Priscilla was accompanied by her daughter Kimberly to the Gala event. They had spent the previous day on the CHA show floor getting reacquainted with friends and associates across the industry—some of whom she had not seen in years. We are so proud that Priscilla is being recognized for her years of dedication to SDP, the decorative painting industry, and to craft and leisure as a whole.
Our goal is to promote decorative painting and serve the industry. Want your business to be featured on the SDP blog? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration!1. How were you introduced to the decorative painting industry? Several years ago, after returning from the Harper's Ferry Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival with my first purchased decorative painted piece, I started a journey to learn as much as I could about decorative art. Immediately, I jumped on the Internet searching for any information about decorative art. I found tons of information, so much so that at times it was an enormous challenge just to get everything read. At the end of the day, the information that I pulled from the Web was priceless. I found Web links for Jo Sonja, Maureen McNaughton, and many more. All of that information gave me my initial entrance into the field of decorative painting and the industry. After getting my decorative painting feet firmly planted, I started to order books, supplies, brushes, DVDs, pattern packets, wood, and tin pieces hoping to start a rewarding journey into learning and painting. While I was now ready to get started, I still really did not know how to begin painting. That was when I started to email artists I found on the Web. One artist who is considered a “big brush” in the decorative art community responded to my email. With her encouragement and recommendation to a local teacher in Virginia, I started my first decorative painting classes. 2. What inspired you to open your business? When I started to paint, it was certainly not my intention to open a business. My goal was to learn as much as I could about decorative painting and learn to paint. The strange thing was that there were no shops in my area that offered the variety of classes, paints, or supplies I wanted. Every time I would go to my local decorative painting store, and there was only one, they were sold out of most of the items I wanted to purchase. There was really limited inventory and variety, so I decided I could do better than that. My goals were to concentrate on providing excellent customer service, a comfortable place for learning, a well-stocked inventory, and a wide variety of products. I think that I have accomplished those goals and more. 3. What are your goals for the future? I would have to say that my main goal for the future would be to help grow our industry. Growing the industry is all about marketing and getting decorative painting in front of as many individuals as possible. With the help of social networking and an aggressive media plan, I try to reach out to the widest possible audience of individuals who are, or could be, interested in decorative painting. 4. What do you do to ensure that your business is a success? We take great pride in providing our customers with the latest and most exciting products. We believe that providing fantastic customer service and offering a wide variety of products are critical elements of our success. 5. What do you have to offer today's painter? First and foremost, we offer our customers an enormous range of products at very reasonable prices. While this is great all by itself, it's not enough for us. We are constantly looking for the newest products or the most interesting teacher or the best seminar experience. We constantly strive to be a better shop than everyone else by giving every customer what they want and hopefully products they don't know they want, yet. pamperedpalette.com facebook.com/pamperedPalette