Face and Body Painting Contest West Coast Face Painters1st Place

Billy Edge

Almost all Billy's working life has been involved with two things; art and clowning. He started as a performance clown when he was 16 and only stopped clowning (after more than 40 years) when he moved here from the UK. During that time he was also a professional cartoonist and illustrator.

He started face painting about 25 years ago as a sort of spin-off from clowning.

Nowadays, though he is more or less retired, he does a lot of writing; recently having written two plays that have been performed as well as having a children's book published ('Blip and the Seat of Arthur'.) He is just finishing a filmscript and he also acts and directs; this year he is going to be directing an open air performance of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' for a renaissance group.
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Face and Body Painting Contest West Coast Face Painters2nd Place

Naomi Smith

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Face and Body Painting Contest West Coast Face Painters3rd Place

Lilly Walters

I am best known as an expert on the world of professional speaking. I have written several books on the subject, and others, one of the best selling being about how to type with one hand. I got into painting by doing those silly painted Christmas yard sign. Now we have one of those tacky homes with a zillion painted yards signs for every holiday (see videos of our house at Christmas). The more I painted, the more I loved it. Next I tried stencils, and other types of patterns. Finally I tried a few simple things freehand. This lead to my first art book, Cobblestone Cottages From Junk Jars, then an ebook, Paint A Cobblestone Courtyard On Your Cement Floor. Now I have all kinds of paint patterns for sale on-line and a book on how to paint on fabric. Then one day my church asked me to help at a Festival painting faces. "Oh, I can't do that!" They insisted, and I fell in love. At the Festival we do from 600 - 850 faces in two days. I train their volunteer staff of painters and help coordinate it all.

But this once a year event was not enough to get my fix. So, I created a little website for my face painting, to see if anyone would actually PAY me to paint! Today I am very fortunate, my phone rings just about every day with someone wanting to hire a professional face painter. Now I get to say, "that's me!"

Although I use just about every paint, except Snazaroo, my favorite paints are mostly Diamond FX and pressed powders.

In June of 2008 I founded the West Coast Face Painters, which is a support group for other professional face painters.

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Face and Body Painting Contest West Coast Face Painters4th Place

Donna Hofstee

(Donna's two entries tied for 4th.)

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN FACE AND/OR BODY PAINTING? I am a self taught Entertainer/Painter. (Which I would not recommend to anyone). I went to Clown Collage in 1988, they taught character development but not much else. Face and Body Painting Contest West Coast Face PaintersSo I started to teach myself with very few resources. Snazaroo was one of the main face paints out there so I started out with Snaz. I started my Entertainment business in 1989 here in Murrieta CA, doing many different characters, face painting, balloon twisting, and magic. Thank goodness for the World Clown Assoc. and Clowns of America conventions and resources. In the year 2002 I came across Face Painting International (Marcela's and Cindy's convention) and a whole new world opened up. I was already doing full faces, but nothing like Jinny or the Wolfe brothers could do. Since then I have expanded my knowledge and even been a instructor for many. Not just Painting but Clowning as well. I raised three kids on my own while running this business and I will grow old doing it as well. I love it

> WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE THAT? I was a Restaurant and Bar Manager

> WHAT DO YOU NOW BESIDES FACE AND/OR BODY PAINTING? Run a Successful Entertainment Company and Retail Face Paints and Clown supplies

> WHAT PAINT BRANDS ARE YOUR FAVORITES? WHY? I have a variety in my kit of Paradise, Wolfe and DFX. Each one has a purpose

> WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO PAINT? I have really been enjoying the Body Painting. I enjoy trying something new every time I paint.

> IS THERE SOMETHING ELSE ABOUT YOUR CAREER AS A FACE/BODY PAINTER THAT YOU WOULD LIKE OTHERS TO KNOW ABOUT? Don't stop practicing, and enjoying what you do.

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Face and Body Painting Contest West Coast Face Painters

Billy Edge

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This face painting contest is run by Lilly Walters, face painter, author and teacher of face painting classes