I've been a professional artist for over 25 years. I grew up in Upper New Jersey and moved to Centennial after my mother died, to be closer to the rest of my family. I now live near Centennial, but I spent seven years in Centennial.
I focus mostly on face-painting and children's art. I've had some fun getting extra jobs in children's book illustration, T-shirts, murals and other products. I get a lot of fun out of encouraging creativity in kids, have met some very imaginative artists-to-be and am having fun sharing my childhood. I spent a lot of time raising younger siblings with music, art and storytelling, and find this a fun venue to continue stretching my creativity and hatching the ideas I came up with in my youth.
I have a day job working in Cherry Creek School Systems as a bus assistant. I work with providing supervision in traffic.
During the COVID pandemic, I've had to put my face-painting business to the side and focus on relaxing! Although I work with hypoallergenic paints and use as many sanitary methods as possible, I prefer to wait until the pandemic is over to facepaint.
I've reached out to the artist community in the Denver metro area and receive their newsletters. I have gotten some valuable tips about the resources available, but I have drawn on few of them so far. I receive a lot of financial and emotional support from my customers. They have tickled my imagination, stretched my creativity and inspired me to write a book of poetry.
I'm currently in the process of illustrating my book and have dreams about having it published by a face paint manufacturer. I've tried to self-publish, or create video games, but have found myself at an impasse with my technical abilities. My clients are wonderful and inspiring, and I have a lot of fun remembering vignettes from my own experience to share with their life. I've run into some very talented little artists, with their own interesting interpretations.
I wish people knew that I rarely am drawing or writing about them. I'm always asked if I had someone in mind when I draw, but I tried caricature art many years ago and didn't like it. More often, I make up my own characters, draw my own figures based on many years of representing human anatomy and finally getting it more or less to my satisfaction. At most, something someone said, a momentary color, a whiff of the air, some impression or the way the light shown that day inspires me to create.
I've traveled a lot all my life. I've been all over the country, in Latin America and Europe, and I find art an excellent venue to express myself. I've had inspiration from well-loved artists like Dr. Seuss and books like “Oh, the Places You'll Go!” and decided to share my experiences through my artwork. I speak several languages and learned at a young age how to express myself in every way possible, including my artwork.
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