A Bit About Me...
I discovered the doorway into the world of Body Art whilst living in New Zealand in 2015. I attended a course run by Yolanda Bartrum, who is a three time world champion and multi award winning body artist. She pulled me aside on the morning of the second day and asked if I would work for her... that day! I was naturally, astounded and feel incredibly grateful to have had such an opportunity. I was able to learn so much about the industry, what type of avenues were available, see the many aspects required of running a successful business and learnt countless techniques and methods that all contributed to the level of artwork I am able to produce today.
My introduction to face painting actually began a few years before that in 2012 when I lost my Dad quite quickly to cancer. The weeks leading to his death, I would sit by his bedside at Myton Hospice and plough through books in search of some sort of escapism. I longed for nothing more than to escape to these fantasy worlds that these authors had sculpted and absorb the magic that entailed. When he passed, I had a great desire to help the hospice in any way possible. When they told me they needed a face painter for their fundraising events, I was more than eager to try something new. After years of odd jobs and travelling, I guess it's the first thing I tried that actually felt right... and here we are today. I feel extremely blessed that something so beautiful and positive came from a combination of idling interests and was not only accelerated by tragedy, but actually shaped my life and career. I was able to find my ikigai and I truly believe this is why I am still so motivated to continue, despite the rollercoasters and pandemics that life has thrown.