Lorrin Wagner, of Wagner Events in Valrico, uses faces and bodies instead of canvases to do her painting.

Oscar Wilde once said, “Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” When you see some of the paintings created by Lorrin Wagner, of Wagner Events in Valrico, you see individualism at its finest. Wagner doesn’t use a canvas as her medium: she uses human bodies, preferably faces and bellies. Wagner is a face and body artist.

“I kind of fell upon face painting and learned how wonderful it can be,” Wagner said, “I ordered my first set of paints and after my first job I was really hooked.” For the most part, Wagner is self-taught. She took a few art classes in high school and college, but developed her own style by doing various face painting events within the community. Her latest art form is belly painting and it has become quite popular among pregnant mothers.  She gets her inspiration from children’s literature, which is also her favorite.

“I find children’s books really embrace the idea of a new life and babies, which also reminds you of your favorite times growing up or reading to your own children,” Wagner said. She’s had more and more women contact her about doing maternity painting sessions or having her come to baby showers to do belly painting.

“Belly painting seems to really draw a large crowd of people and it embraces both the pregnancy and the new baby,” Wagner said, “It’s a great way to celebrate new beginnings.” In addition to face and belly painting, Wagner plans to start teaching painting classes for beginners as well as advanced. In May she will be attending the Face and Body Art International Conference in Fort Lauderdale, where she will be competing in both face and body painting competitions.

“My main concern is to continue face painting for children’s parties as well as painting more maternity sessions,” Wagner said

If you are interested in having Wagner do a maternity or face painting party, you can contact her at 381-6568. You can also visit Wagner Events on the Web at www.wagnerevents.com to see the various party packages they offer.

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Libby Hopkins
Libby Hopkins has been a part of the Brandon community for more than 30 years. She is a graduate of USF with a degree in journalism. She has been a freelance writer for The Osprey Observer Newspaper since 2008. She also the Executive Director of Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association. She is a dog mom to her rescue dog, Marshall. She loves being a part of the Brandon Community and she loves sharing positive news about our community.