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Check out Krissy VanderWoude’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Krissy VanderWoude.

Krissy, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been passionate about art and using my imagination. If there were clouds in the sky, I would be the person daydreaming, while looking for all of the different shapes I could find in them. I have used art and music as a creative outlet and form of expression for most of my life.

I was heavily involved in art all throughout high school and had even been given a partial scholarship to the Art Institute. However, when it came time to think about a career path, I wasn’t convinced that I wanted to pursue fine arts and try to make a living with that. I decided to hold off on going to art school and instead began working at my dad’s photography studio, I wanted to explore my options and try to find a career path that I was excited about pursuing. Little did I know that this decision to work for him would open the door to my career as a makeup artist!

My dad used to photograph actors and models and always hired many different makeup artists to prep the talent before their shoot. It was fascinating to watch the makeup process and how much it transformed these women. I also loved that so many techniques and principles that I already knew about from the art world were applicable to makeup as well (color theory, shading, light, and shadow, highlight and contour, etc.). I soon began to realize that this was the direction I wanted to take. I dove in headfirst, began my training and developed a passion for makeup. I had a desire to learn everything I could about the art of makeup and I have never looked back since.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a makeup artist, offering airbrush makeup and primarily specializing in beauty makeup for weddings and photo shoots. I have been working in Chicago, Northwest Indiana & the surrounding suburbs for more than 20 years. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some of the most recognized photographers, agencies, crews, and talent. I’ve created looks for people of all skin tones, skin types, all ages, and ethnicities. I’ve worked in most areas of the entertainment industry, including T.V. (i.e., The “Jenny Jones” show), print, and video. While there is excitement in that side of the industry, my absolute favorite place to be is working with a bride on her wedding day!

I truly, *truly*, believe that there is something beautiful about every person I meet & every face I see. I adore the character. I find the most beauty in the things that separate people from the flock and make them unique. I celebrate those things & encourage others to do the same!

I have often said that if I had to choose one “superpower”, it would be to make sure that EVERYONE was able to feel beautiful in their own skin, and embrace everything about who they are… even those things that some consider to be “flaws.” Using makeup artistry to help people see & feel their beauty has been such a blessing! I thank God daily for giving me an artistic gift that has allowed me to make this my career!

The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
More often than not, artists struggle to make money from their art alone. I would say that the best piece of advice I can offer is to find a way to earn a bit of supplemental income so that you aren’t trying to create art under that kind of pressure. Putting stress on yourself, trying to rely solely on your art to pay the bills, will likely cause the art itself to suffer or you as the artist to resent it.

When I first started out as a makeup artist, I also had worked as a waitress. Bartending and waitressing jobs can be perfect for artists because they are flexible enough to accommodate a passion for creating art, but also a realistic way to make money. I did this for many years while networking in the industry until I had made enough of a name for myself that I was able to sustain myself financially on my work as a makeup artist alone.

I also think it is important to find ways to stay inspired and motivated during those times when you’re feeling discouraged. I made it a point to follow the work of other artists that I admired and read about their humble beginnings and their eventual success stories. I also still continue to take classes to this day, so that I can continue to bring a fresh and inspired perspective to my work and not get stuck in a rut.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I often post my most current work on my website, Facebook page, and Instagram.

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Image Credit:
My Sharp Eye Photography, Katherine Murray, Michelle Hamstra, Matt Bigelow, Eric Fine Art, Passions Photo Video, Matt Bigelow (viking), Tales of A Dream Photography (Mermaid)

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1 Comment

  1. Pete Stenberg

    December 11, 2018 at 1:28 am

    This makeup artist is fantastic! She really knows her craft. Her family is really proud of her…keep moving forward. We love you!

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