A UTTOXETER woman has turned her passion for art into a unique business venture – even seeing her creations feature in a magazine full of the weird and wonderful.
Eleanor Ross, of Stafford Road, Lower Loxley, is no stranger to a paintbrush and takes her designs to some unique canvasses including skulls and body art, even featuring on the pages of Bizarre magazine.
Now she is offering to paint faces of children and adults alike at parties across Uttoxeter.
She told the Post and Times: “I’m also a mum-of-three children so life is hectic but I’m keen to develop the face painting because I absolutely love seeing the reaction when somebody looks in the mirror for the first time after they’ve had a face paint.”
The 38-year-old carved her career around her creative skills after a teacher told her she could combine her love of art and psychology to become an art psychotherapist.
After completing a degree in art and design, she then went on to do a post graduate course in art psychotherapy before getting a placement with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) team in Newcastle under Lyme with the North Staffordshire NHS.
Mrs Ross got a job from the placement and has not looked back since but continued her own art work in her spare time and is now even entering into competitions.
She also travelled down to Bristol at the weekend for a body painting convention where she learned some new skills through a body painting exercise.
The mother-of-three said: “I love face painting and I seem to be progressing towards body painting so I think this will be the next step for the future.”
During her spare time she likes to paint animal skulls and has even painted a human one before.
Her work is set to appear again in Bizarre in the next edition.
Mrs Ross added: “It is great to have my work seen by lots more people and for people just to be able to see what I can do.
“The magazine appeals to people who like lots of weird and wonderful stuff.
“I am really pleased that my work will now be in the magazine.”
Examples of Mrs Ross’s work can be seen on the Spectrum Face Painting and Body Art page on Facebook.
People interested in booking Mrs Ross to face paint at a party are asked to e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org