Behind the Business:
Evergreen's Exclusive Flag Artists

November 09, 2011 Evergreen Enterprises 0 Comments

Evergreen Enterprises has grown into one of the largest flag manufacturers and wholesalers in the world. In order to maintain our competitive edge, we make sure our flags, floormats, and mailbox covers use licensed art from world-class artists, often negotiating exclusive rights to their work. In order give you a deeper perspective into the people that help us create the products we sell, here is an overview of some of our most special artists.

David T. Sands

If you've been in the flag business for a while, you're probably already familiar with David Sands. He founded Toland Flags years ago and launched the first sublimated flag designs, and the Toland brand was a leader in the market for many years. Unfortunately, the business, based in New Orleans, was devastated by Hurricane Katrina and closed its doors six months later. David planned to retire but had too many ideas and too much passion for the industry. He worked with Encore to launch their Flag division in 2007, and now Evergreen has signed him exclusively to offer a David Sands design collection within our Evergreen Flag catalog.

David uses traditional painting techniques combined with a full array of digital resources, including the use of vintage fabrics, hand-painted textures and layering to create his trademark depth and complexity in finished designs. His first designs with Evergreen are shown in our recent October catalog which features mostly Coastal, Patriotic and True Summer. His entrepreneurial spirit, passion for the flag business, and artistic talent are great additions to Evergreen. Look for many more of David's designs, including new and beset sellers on future flags in the Evergreen portfolio.

David's wife Jill has been his partner in business for many years. An artist herself, her passion is trend. You can see her at You can also browse all of David's art collections at

Annie LaPoint
California artist Annie LaPoint began to draw and paint at an early age. In high school she loved her art classes. Annie received private art instruction as a teenager. After high school, she always stayed creative, drawing in pen and ink, working with wood, and arranging fresh and dried flowers.

In 1991, soon after the birth of her third child, Annie began to study the technique of watercolor at a local art league and today works exclusively in this medium. Her instructor’s focus was on painting landscapes, but from the very beginning all Annie wanted to paint were clay pots of ivy and flowers!

Her passion for gardening is reflected in all of her artwork. Annie is best known for her rich watercolors of mossy terracotta pots and urns filled with ivy topiaries, flowering bulbs, and blooms of all kinds.

Follow the Artistry of Annie LaPoint on Facebook.

Andrea Tachiera
Watercolor artist Andrea Tachiera’s fondest wish is to transport you from urban bustle to nature’s paradise. Through her designs for the home, gifts and stationery you can easily enter her world.

Currently licensing her illustrations to over 20 manufacturers, anyone seeking refuge from the daily grind need only turn to Tachiera’s various designs on products ranging from Garden flags and bank checks to Christmas ornaments and gift bags. Andrea’s illustrations have appeared on Children’s books for the Monterey Bay Aquarium as well as packaging for Gourmet Foods.

Andrea has always felt the pull of the natural world around her and translates her love of the outdoors into her paintings. She and her family are avid travelers and many of her designs are influenced by their family excursions across the US and abroad.

She currently lives in Northern California and works in a sunny studio overlooking the San Francisco Bay.

Nancy Mink
Nancy E. Mink knew as a child that she would someday be an artist. After a few decades as a civil engineer, her artistic dream was launched with a contract to provide home and garden magazine illustrations and eventually book illustrations. Soon after, Nancy’s artwork became licensed for a wide range of home décor, fabric collections and paper products.

Using multiple layers of watercolor washes, each stroke of saturated color from her brush reflects her love for nature and everyday home life. Nancy considers herself blessed to be a full-time artist in her rural Oregon studio while the wildlife outside her window beckons to become the next subject.

Read Nancy's blog here.

Jim Shore
The enormous popularity of award-winning artist Jim Shore is the result of a lifetime of dedication, inspiration and plain old hard work.

And as with most successful people, some good fortune has played a part as well. As Jim puts it, “Art is something I’ve done all my life. It’s what I’ve always loved and the only thing I ever wanted to do. But making a living as an artist isn’t easy. There are thousands of very talented people out there that never get a chance to show what they can do. I’ve been lucky. Not only do I get to do what I love, I get to share it with people around the world. I’ve been given a tremendous gift and I thank God for it every day.”

The magic of Jim’s design style is that it can be applied to a huge variety of themes and formats, creating a charming and innovative American country décor statement for the home.

He says, “My work is not a single statement, but a lot of elements mixed together. I use colors that I love – colonial, antiques, jewel tones and some unusual colors that I loved at the moment. Put together, it’s a pleasure to look at. It doesn’t really matter what item it’s on.”

Visit Jim Shore's official web site.

Evergreen Artists
Evergreen’s team of exclusive in-house artists is the creative force behind all of Evergreen’s non-licensed art. Inspired by the latest trends in home and outdoor décor, the Evergreen Creative Team uses their many talents to concept one of a kind designs. Creating concepts across all Flag categories, the in-house artists vary in their techniques from traditional painters to computer graphic designers. Their diversified educational backgrounds range from the Fine Arts to Industrial Design and bring an expanded vision to the Evergreen brand.

Every piece of art or item that the Creative Team designs is exclusive to Evergreen and is in turn exclusive to Evergreen’s customers.

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