Like a fish out of water
Sarah’s road from navy to face painting
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.”
ABOUT FACE: Sarah Leonard hard at work giving children a new look at the Charleville markets.