As well as paint, Annie has also created fabric and fragrance collections.
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Annie Sloan has dedicated her life to inspiring others through her lively approach to painting. As well as developing her very own brand of decorative paint, Chalk paint®, she has written over twenty books covering a range of creative subjects from interior design ideas to specific painting techniques. In 2000 she set up shop in her hometown Oxford, where she works alongside husband David showcasing her paint range and running interior design courses.
How did you get into decorative work?
After art school I wondered what to do with my life. I absolutely loved painting and I decided this was a way to continue pursuing my passion. Paint is amazing stuff, it’s cheap and available to everybody. People find painting such a therapeutic process and it can be the most rewarding feeling when you’ve given a piece of furniture a new look.
What inspires you?
So much inspires me! Listening to music, art, fellow artists… life is inspiring! My parents had a farm in Kent and when I was a child I used to spend my days collecting flowers. I loved taking them home, looking them up and pressing them. I find the countryside so relaxing and take a lot of inspiration from it.
What is your business ethos?
Chalk paint® is only stocked in small independent businesses. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to work with my family and have a great team who share my passion for paint. I like to keep in touch with my grass roots, inspiring and informing people about paint and the history of colour.
Describe your artistic style in three words.
Intuitive, free and informed.
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