Meet Annette Shepherd, Owner

Annette torching aurastoneAnnette Shepherd has been completely immersed in an intense desire to create art since she was old enough to hold a crayon. Throughout middle and high school she was renowned by her teachers and peers to be constantly creating unique drawings, paintings and sculptures. Knowing that art was the direction she wanted to take for her career, Annette attended Central Washington University, well known for its outstanding art program. In 1993, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in drawing and painting and a minor in photography, metal-smithing, pottery and printmaking.

Annette’s entrepreneurial spirit inspired her to launch Paint by Color, retailing her unique yet functional handpainted ceramic wares at arts and crafts shows and wholesaling to wineries and gift shops along the west coast. Designs include a timeless yet classical wine motif, a fun, funky martini motif and a whimsical bright red crab motif (created especially for the ’Astoria Seafood & Wine Festival’) as well as a myriad of other custom designs commissioned by her loyal clients.

With the Paint by Color business going strong, Annette’s desire to continually build and grow her creative skill set resulted in discovering a talent - and passion - for faux finishing. Following a week under the tutelage of world-renowned instructor Kelly S. King of the KSK Academy of Faux Painting & Decorative Finishing, Annette came away from the experience completely prepared and excited to launch a successful career in faux painting and decorative finishing.