I have always been an artist of one kind or another since I was a little girl. I have fond memories of laying on the shelf of my bookcase while I drew on the bottom of the shelf above me. My love of art in all its forms has grown since then. I discovered face painting while working for the company I am now retired from. One of the supervisors was doing face painting for one of the company parties and asked if I’d like to help out since I was artistic. I did little cheek designs and loved how the kids faces would light up when they saw their artwork! I did it from time to time since then but I had no idea that little bit of face painting would lead me to a fabulous career years later!
After seeing more and more face and body art on social media, and lots of encouragement from my husband, I knew I had to try it out for real this time and so learned all I could from YouTube and the internet. I ordered many products that I liked and disliked, as many newbies do. I look back at my early days(2011), and marvel at the fact that I have learned so much since I have been doing face and body art professionally. I also have so much more to learn in the future. The face and body art industry is ever evolving and I plan to evolve with it.
I am so thankful that I am finally doing something that I absolutely love, that I am good at and get paid to do! It really is a dream come true.
I especially enjoy painting sugar skulls. They are a beautiful tribute to those who have passed and can really tell a story about them. If I had to pick only one thing to paint for the rest of my life, sugar skulls would definitely be it!!
Body painting is also a great love of mine. I have grown so much in that field and hope to advance more now that I have retired from my 9-5 job and have the time to focus and be more creative. Last year I started a Battle of the Bodyart in Albuquerque in order to give a fair and fun platform for the body artists in town to showcase their work. In June I will be hosting my 4th competition.
I feel as though the possibilities are endless and look forward to what the future holds for me and my business!
Skin Markz, Illusion Mag, FACE mag
Placed 1st two years in a row at BayFABA in the face painting category.