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Meet Christina Ranburger

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina Ranburger.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Back in 2012, I decided that I wanted to work at a theme park again, but I didn’t want to be a custodian, so I applied to be a face painter. I always loved drawing so on a whim I applied, painted some lines on my arm and got the job! I worked for Universal studio in Orlando, Florida as a theme park face painter. After a few months of an amazing experience, I moved back to Arizona. I decided that I wanted to keep face painting, so I was working three jobs trying to gain experience with my painting in the valley. I started a business and have face painted at numerous festivals, major sporting events, trade shows, birthday parties, adult parties and much more. I am constantly practicing to learn new techniques and to create new designs. I only spend between 1 minute to 5 minutes on average with each person that I paint, and in that time I make them feel like they are number 1 giving them an artsy experience that they will remember. I have many people in the valley that I have painted numerous times at different events and the fact that they come back and want to get painted again makes me keep doing what I am doing. I paint to bring color to people’s lives. I see how my art affects people in person, and I feel like my job is making people happy for a living. I feel that art is so important for one’s well-being and that it can be undervalued in this day and age. I want to bring art into people’s lives so I will keep painting on.

Please tell us about your art.
I face and body paint on people. I create through using water-based theater makeup. I render the face to create illusions. I paint pictures on skin. My art is much different than most as I am painting on living breathing people and mostly children, I constantly paint on a moving talking surface. I paint people to not only create images but to improve my style as a freehand artist. When most people think of face painting, they think of someone painting a little heart on the cheek or some rough lines. I create designs based on the shape of the face, a favorite cartoon character or animal. Most of my work is looking at someone and figuring out what shapes and colors would work well with them. I inspire many young people to take an interest in art, and that in itself is a great feeling that I am doing my job right. The reaction you get at the end of a paint is never expected so it can be a pretty exciting experience as an artist.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
I personally feel success as an artist because I have so many repeat customers that come back to me. One thing that has really helped me feel like a success is that I do face painting solely as my career. I had one of the top 3 face painters in our nation approach me to work for them, and that was really when I felt like I had something good going on. This face painter gave me the confidence to keep trying and push myself into the unknown, and I am blessed that she gave me something to build off of. Face painting has no lesson plan; it’s an art that can go in so many directions depending on what you put into it.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I advertise most of my events on Facebook. I constantly update my Instagram that is also Blushingpeachart. To support me you could book me for a party in , at festivals, you could get painted by me. Sharing my work in local groups helps and writing reviews on my facebook page also helps me.

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