The first time I was face painted as an adult was at a festival in the Kootenay’s over 12 years ago. It was at this time where I fell in love the with the art form and its ability to transform a person into something magical and invite them into the world of creativity. Therefore, It seems especially fitting that I would find myself back here eventually
Three weeks ago I packed up my car with all of my belongings and my senior beagle Luna and headed to the Kooteney Mountains. It was a beautiful drive with changing landscapes and climates through out the country. In a matter of a week, we saw 20 degree days, rainstorms, snowstorms, wind gusts and sweater weather. I hadn’t spent that much time alone with myself in a while so it was really nice to have my only mission be ‘to drive from A to B’.
I’ve been really blessed and grateful for the amount of success that my company has brought me over the years in Ottawa. It is amazing to think that I have been able to make a living as an artist and be paid to make people smile. I absolutely love it. Within 5 years of launching, I grew from being a day care mama who face painted my kiddos for arts and craft time, to being constantly booked and being able to support other artists in the area.
Luna (My senior beagle) and I have set up our base in Nelson British Columbia, a beautiful valley town in the middle of the Rockies. My family lives here. Both my mom and my sister found themselves drawn here individually within a period of the same year. There is a certain air of mysticism and magic to this place and it seems to invite people in when the time is right. I think a lot of places are like that though, although we sometimes just have to pay attention enough to listen.
Being here has been a wonderful change of scenery after being in a big city for so many years. That said, I am still adjusting to starting over in a new place. I like to be busy, so I’m navigating what ‘small town busy’ feels like. Tomorrow I will be getting back to my ‘roots’ and setting up a little by donation jar for Halloween and painting the kids in this amazing co-housing community Heddlestone Village. I’m looking forward to it.
This year is already bringing about so much newness and I am excited to see what being on the road will continue to bring. I leave to Mexico next week and will be back for the holidays. This summer, I plan to find myself a little tear drop trailer, hitthe road, and face paint at festivals across the country. My Painted Pixie wings are flying and I so look forward to seeing many of you and your lovely children’s faces on the path.