Like a fish out of wa­ter

Sarah’s road from navy to face paint­ing

Western Times - - NEWS - By AN­DREW MES­SEN­GER

FOR Sarah Leonard, Charleville is a long way from the sea.

She’s a stew­ard of the Aus­tralian Navy but chose to move to western Queens­land with her hus­band.

It’s a long way from the sea and a longer way from her home of Syd­ney.

“Fly­ing for the RFDS has al­ways been his (her hus­band’s) dream,” she said.

“I moved out here to sup­port his ca­reer, I’m a mum.”

You might have met Sarah last month at the Charleville mar­kets. She was there prac­tis­ing her first love – face paint­ing.

“Af­ter school I did make-up artistry (at TAFE) and I needed some­thing to pay the bills,” she said.

“I hap­pened to see this ad in the pa­per.

“I was a fish, a clown, an elf, a fairy.” Mostly a fairy. In four hours at the week­end, Sarah man­aged to paint 18–20 lit­tle faces. She said she’s had lots of in­quiries from busi­nesses and char­i­ties, mostly ask­ing her to do it for the love.

“I can’t re­ally do it for free all the time,” she said.

“Not when it costs so much for paints.”

She’s started a small busi­ness, Cre­ative Lit­tle Faces, and is look­ing for clients, es­pe­cially chil­dren’s par­ties.

“At the mo­ment I’ve been booked into the Quilpie show,” she said.

“I need some help plas­ter paint­ing.”

Plas­ter paint­ing is a more hands-on form of face paint­ing, where kids get to paint a plas­ter face on their own.

“I need two peo­ple to su­per­vise,” she said.

“I might also do a bit of a make-up work­shop

“Just to teacher young women how to do their own make-up and look pro­fes­sional.”

PHOTO: AN­DREW MES­SEN­GER

ABOUT FACE: Sarah Leonard hard at work giv­ing chil­dren a new look at the Charleville mar­kets.

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