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“It’s the little things that make such a huge impact - the smile on the faces of the children as I began to apply the face paint.” Marianna recalls the day she was invited to paint at the Easter Eggstravaganza held by the South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind. The children love the “feel” of the face paint, so she made sure to take her time on an otherwise quick design, so they would enjoy the entire process.
Laughter, joy, glitter, and a ton of color filled the room of little girls as they anxiously awaited their fairy-themed face designs.
Marianna Chavarria of Lily Padz Face Painting recalls her artistic passion blossoming at a very early age, getting lost amidst the endless lectures in class while flipping the pages of her notebook to doodle.
A frugal and financially savvy woman, Chavarria decided to share her passion for art with others and start a face painting business. At the time, she was a single mother and wanted to find a career she loved while devoting time to her daughter, Gia. The name Lily Padz shouted happiness and kid-friendly fun, which brings to mind a quote, by Mama Clown, a face painting artist, cherished by Chavarria: “How can I not be happy? Every time I go to work it’s a party!” Chavarria realized that Lily Padz was a must, and she set forth with a plan.
Her first Facebook post as Lily Padz read, “Does anyone want face painting?” She began painting at local parties in her hometown of Alice, Texas and quickly expanded her business through social media. The magic soon evolved into large, local family festivals and corporate events and parties. Eventually, she would find her incredible talent being recognized by the community.
Sharing a passion for art with the community is extremely important, and she seeks to partake in family festivals filled with food, music, and art. Lily Padz has participated in various local events such as the Food Truck Festival, Dia de los Muertos, The Bend’s Brunch on the Bay, and Fiesta de la Flor where everyone is drawn to the fun designs and quirky personality of the artist. San Antonio and Austin have been, for the longest time, the hot spots for family festivals and Chavarria hopes to put Corpus Christi on the map by getting the word out about local talent.
Chavarria aims to someday passing her love of art down to her daughter, Gia. Chavarria beams as she says, “Art gives me a sense of peace and happiness!” With a talent so abundant and a deep love of art, it is difficult to find this combination anyplace else.