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Honoring Helping Artists

Sandy Aubuchon

Sandy Aubuchon

Fenton, MO

Helping Artist From: 1986-2018

Sandy taught Decorative Painting for more than 40 years. Sandy taught with DecoArt paints and Royal Brushes, and traveled to more than 24 countries teaching what she loved, Decorative Painting. Sandy had several books, articles, and pattern packets published all over the world. Sandy represented DecoArt as a consultant, artist, and ambassador for over 35 years.

Sandy Aubuchon Project
Sandy Aubuchon Project 2


Doxie Keller

Doxie Keller

Hutchinson, KS

Helping Artist From: 1986-2019

Doxie Keller was the first DecoArt Helping Artist and was instrumental in helping us start our Helping Artist program. Doxie was past president of the Society of Decorative Painters, twice, and owned her own wheat weaving business many years before becoming a decorative painter. Doxie well represented DecoArt as a consultant, artist, and ambasador for DecoArt for over 35 years. Doxie had several books, articles, and pattern packets published all over the world.

In Doxie’s words, “I have been painting and teaching Decorative Painting since 1964. I love teaching beginners and enjoy showing them the pleasures of creating and having lots of fun, doing both the simple and the more advanced techniques of decorative painting.”

Doxie Keller Project
Doxie Keller ornaments


Erika Ammann

Erika Ammann

Avon, CO

Helping Artist From: 1995-2020

Erika Ammann was well known for her beautiful stroke work featuring Multi-Loading Bauernmalerei painting. She published several books and articles, along with pattern packets of her works of art all over the world. Erika was a frequent guest demonstrator in the DecoArt booths at trade show, for many years.


Aileen Bratton

Aileen Bratton

Brady, TX

Helping Artist From: 1999-2020

Aileen’s passion was painting, and she was a Certified Decorative Artist (CDA). She served on the Board of Directors for the National Society of Tole and Decorative Painters for 6 years and was President for 2 years. Her true joy can from teaching Tole and Decorative painting. She published 9 books and several videos teaching tole painting techniques. She traveled internationally to teach workshops and seminars for many years, in addition to teaching at her own shop, Casa Del Tole.

Aileen Bratton Project
Aileen Bratton Project 2


Joyce Morrison

Joyce Morrison

Helping Artist Since: 2010

Joyce became a DecoArt Helping Artist in 2010. Joyce was a charter member of Decorative Artist of Jacksonville. In April, 1978 she represented the chapter at the Annual Convention in St. Louis and received the Affiliated Chapter designation from SDP.
She was a teacher and the author of 3 painting books published by Priscilla Hauser. She was a beautiful artist and such a nice, kind person. She will be missed by all who loved her.

Joyce Morrison Project 1
Joyce Morrison Project 2


Betsy Edwards

Betsy Edwards

Helping Artist Since: 2005

Betsy became a DecoArt Helping Artist in 2005. Betsy served as the President of the Society of Decorative Painters, leading an organization of artists with more than 200 chapters worldwide. She was a founding member and past President of the Colonial Heritage Garden Club, a leader in the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs (VFGC), and a certified flower show judge. She was a prolific painter, author, gardener, craftswoman, decorator and volunteer who loved helping others achieve great things.
Betsy was born in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1941 and raised a large family that migrated to the east coast, living in Maryland, New York, and New Hampshire, before retiring to Virginia in 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, James Percival Edwards III, their daughter Julia E. Edwards Franks, and son-in-law Jerald Q. Franks. Betsy is survived by her daughter Tricia, son Jim and wife Silke, son Richard and wife Tracy; six grandchildren, Quen, Ethan and wife Angela, James, Duncan, Caroline, and Ellie; and two great grandchildren, Fiona and Rainier.
Betsy’s family will celebrate her life with a memorial service this summer, and they desire to establish a VFGC scholarship in her honor to promote higher education in horticulture-related subjects. Please send donations in her memory to the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, Attn: Kathy Ward, 13500 Stonegate Rd., Midlothian, VA 23113.