HAZARD — A local artist from Corbin is in her second year attending the Black Gold Festival as a face-painter.
Krystle White lives in Corbin with her husband. She is originally from Washington, but moved to Corbin with her husband.
White often travels to local festivals and offers her services to festival goers. This year, White is set up with fellow artist Sarah Stone and both are operating a tent at Black Gold.
She developed a love of drawing at a young age and said she’s been drawing for most of her life.
White began face-painting three years ago at a local festival to make some extra money. She said she instantly fell in love with it and realized how amazing the art-form was.
“It’s an amazing art-form. It’s painting on a canvas that smiles back at you,” said White.
The smiles of satisfied customers, White said, makes the job rewarding for her, especially the kids.
Her favorite face-paint to draw on customers is superheroes, “It’s what I’m best at.”
She also offers custom face-paintings if the customer wishes. White said her designs can’t be found nowhere else.
The paintings on display around her tent are mere suggestions.
One of the things she loves about face-painting is how kids choose opposite of what’s expected of them.
“Girls like superheroes…. boys like unicorns,” said White.
White said society tends to choose what roles each gender belongs too and she feels children should be the ones who choose what role they fit in. Often times, White said, parents will try to convince their kid not to get face-paint that is too girly or in the case of girls, face-paint that looks too much like a boy would want.
For more information on White and her art please visit her Facebook Page Moonbow Masquerade Face and Body Art.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.