Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
A. Constantly researching, trying new products in home studio, verifying, always working on new artwork to sharpen skills, broaden skill set.
Q. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
A. Not too complicated. facepainting and caricature pricing varies by location a bit- facepainting is $75 an hour with 2 hr minimum, Caricature art is $125/hr with 2 hr minimum. I also travel to Tuscon, Benson, Sierra Vista, Clifton is available, with extra charge to offset gas and travel time- Clients feel that they do get their money's worth- I always stay late.
Murals and Faux finishes are either based on a square footage of wall space, or a project rate- at the consultation I figure it both ways, and give the client the cheaper of the two. For example, a powder room with 10-14ft ceiling height would cost more on a square footage rate than it would on a project rate if I was creating a color glaze finish- so I take that into consideration. I go over this in great detail at the free consultation.
Art lessons and Art therapy based on a case by case situation. Starting at $25 per class, but number of people, frequency of classes, at my studio or your location are all variable. I provide all supplies.
Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?
A. My Mom and grandmother are great artist, I was fortunate to inherit those abilities. I spent almost 20 years doing Mechanical Drafting (and other drafting disciplines) just so I could draw, then a friend asked me to paint a mural in her kitchen- that turned into two walls 18 feet long each...the rest is history. The facepainting came after a mural client asked if I could paint her children at a birthday party...
Q. What types of customers have you worked with?
A. View my work on website for full examples of Face Painting and Caricature Drawing- Fast, Unique, Custom for Birthday parties, Bat/Bar Mitzvahs, quiencenaras, School and Church Fundraisers, Military events- National Guard, Army family Appreciation Events, Corporate Events, Wedding Receptions, Reunions and more.
Murals and faux finishes of any style and size for residential and commercial clients. Custom Canvas art. For Art Lessons and Art Therapy I utilize pencils, acrylic, watercolor, 3D perspective, I work with students of all ages, from 2 years old to 104 is my oldest. Physical and mental conditions can be worked with in most cases. I love to let everyone work at their own pace to create what They want. Have worked with children and adults with Autism and Alzheimer's with great success.
My facepainting is only FDA approved for skin, no staining or allergic reactions, washes off easily. A full face elaborate design takes less than 2 minutes. My caricatures- I like the flattering portrait style, and also do the exaggerated cartoon style take about 3-5 minutes single clack and white, I also do multiple people in pictures and color as well. I have a unique process for creating drawings at events, that let the guest be in two places at once- it's fantastic.
I also create drawings from photos for Great gifts for any occasion. I have artwork featured on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption.
Please give me a call anytime to discuss your event.
Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A. Facepainting and caricature drawing at Phoenix Children's Hospital for patients and their families. I also handed out over 100 hand drawn pictures for anyone who wanted one. It's amazing how this simple art can spread such joy. I've been able to help a few times now, and been asked to come back this next week for a different group, CAN'T WAIT!
Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
A. I am not the least or most expensive, but I am the best at what I do. I work with the client to give them exactly what they want regardless if it's Murals, faux finishes or face painting. I work very well with clients and students of all ages to make art understandable and doable regardless of age or ability.
Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
A. That it is very physical and takes time. I work quickly, and long hours. I dearly love what I do, so time does not affect me really till the end of the day.
I do my very best with every client, and try to add a personal touch or momento of the client into what ever I do for them. A special date painted on a wine bottle in a Italian theme mural, special colors in a finish, etc.