Irene also know as The Pirate Girl Painter:
I grew up from a small town in Arizona where the closest craft store (at the time) was 1 1/2 hours away. So trying to be an “artist” was certainly a challenged. I always knew I wanted to do something in the creative field. Even when I was 8 years old, I wanted to be an Interior Designer. I always loved Art class in school but it wasn’t until I got into High School that I found my fist calling, Theatre. More importantly, what happens behind the scene’s, that’s what brought my 14 year of self the greatest joy. Painting sets, hanging lights, directing the actors, that’s what excitement was to me on a Friday night! I ended up continuing that path all the way to college where I received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Technical Theatre from the University of Arizona.
So here we are now, it’s 2005 and now I’m married to a lovely fellow and we just moved to Maryland. I’m still trying to do the Theatre thing but it’s becoming challenging. The problem is, being an artist I always want to be involve in a project. I sometimes get up in the middle of the night to work on something. A new design, a new drawing, whatever. It can be exhausting. And I felt when I came to MD, I had no new projects. Then, I had a heart to heart with a dear friend who was really interested about me taking up face painting. So I did. Here comes the second calling!! The colors, the designs, the combinations, OMG! I can’t stop, and I’m always learning. And I hope I will always continue to learn! And now I do almost everything. Balloons, Glitter Tattoo’s, and Henna. And the smiles! The smiles are what get’s me, this is why I do this job. To see a child light up with joy after I paint them, or give them a balloon, it’s the best feeling EVER. I have never had so much fun doing what I do. I feel like this is the job for me. Making the young happy or the young at heart laugh after one of my creations, makes what I do worthwhile. And, I still do Theatre, don’t think I’ve stop, oh no! I’m still designing and I’m creating with local Theatre communities around the area. So it’s like the best of both worlds! So I’m thankful everyday! Thank you!