Being a professional Artist within one of the most expensive cities is not easy, but I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Painting on skin is my creative medium. I love seeing how my models light up when they are painted.
In order to safely paint on someone, I buy only the highest quality makeup paints and tools. I pay for bodypainting insurance and membership to the International Facepainters Association. And I pay self-employment taxes, artist permits, the list on and on. Plus there are my regular-person bills. Oh yeah food...oh well. (No seriously I usually eat 2 meals a day in order to save money.)A Patron is a person who gives financial or other support to a person, organization, cause, or activity.
That's right folks, I'm asking for your money. But wait, wait don't go! The rewards and the artwork that I offer is for YOU! You're on this website right now, you should know that I want your money. What I'm saying is that you should WANT to give it! By being my patron you'll get things like free photos, videos, thank you cards, entertainment coupons, crafts made with love, even prints!
Supporting an artist directly does more than help just that one creative. It helps make a more enriched society. Back in renaissance Italy, being an artist's patron meant that you were educated and had a powerful place in your community. I think that can still be true today.
A note about my posts: I have decided to put up my whole bodypaint portfolio in chronological order! Which is something that I have never attempted before. Please enjoy seeing my skills and creative inspirations evolve through these pictures.
One more thing: I spend a lot of time contributing to the bodypaint community by volunteering. I am the Founding Member and Co-Director of The Human Art Collective. HAC is a bay area based bodypaint enthusiasm guild. The group is already a few years old, and I have spend countless hours doing free bodypainting, (it costs me about $100 every time I paint someone,) designing and updating the website, managing facebook groups and meetings, etc. Doing all this volunteering to make bodypainting more public and available is something that I am happy to do, but the less gigs that I get then the less I can focus on giving the HAC members their benefits and putting this awesome art form into the community. My hope is that this Pateron can help me balance this and continue going towards making the Collective a non-profit organization.