Small Beginnings

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been involved in some artistic endeavor or another. I eventually followed my creative longing and went to school for advertising and design. After working in the advertising field for only a short time, I left to pursue other interests but always missed the creative outlet this field offered.

     Fast forward a few years, I now find myself as a stay-at-home mom with three young boys, aka my models, and revisiting art in a whole new way using paper towel rolls and left over yogurt cups. Not something I would have foreseen years ago but fun all the same.

     I got my first taste of face painting when I volunteered to face paint at our neighborhood block party. As I did my research and practiced on my boys before the big event, I was hooked from the get go. I have been painting ever since practicing on my kids, neighborhood kids, and whoever would sit still long enough for me to paint them. The more I learn about the field and different paints, the more I love it. This passion and interest has now expanded to include the fascinating art of henna. The beauty of such a natural and ancient art form is one I continue to learn and enjoy. One day, I may attempt air brushing, but for now, I am happy with my brushes, sponges and henna. And it seems to go without saying that face painting and balloon twisting go hand in hand. I have held out for as long as possible but I have now fallen prey to the wacky world of balloon twising. It has taken me a while to build up courage as I was usually the loudest scream to be heard when a balloon popped. Don't get me wrong, I still scream, but I am no longer the loudest! :) My balloon shapes are fun including the ever popular swords, flowers and even monkeys! I won't be winning any balloon contests any time soon but it's a lot of fun and it keeps me smiling!

    So, I try new things and continue to enjoy this path I am on, wherever it may lead me. Niki :)