Believe it or not, I started clowning when I was 12 years old.  I had learned how to make balloons by buying small bags at Walgreen’s and practiced using the directions on the back of the bag. On Sunday mornings I would babysit in the nursery at church and make balloons for the kids and tell stories. The pastor asked me if I was a clown and I said “no, but it would be fun” and that’s how the story of SPARKY began!  A woman in the church made me a costume (which I still have!) out of some donated material and I clowned at the annual carnival at the church for many years.

A lot has changed since the first days of white grease paint and my mother’s leftover lipsticks for accents, but what has never changed is my love for clowning!  I love what I do and it shows!

In the 40+ years I have been clowning I have spent a lot of time learning new and interesting skills and polishing them through the years.  I am a member of World Clown Association and Clowns of America-International.  I have attended International Conventions/Conferences for Clowning and Face Painting.  I am the owner of the Face Painting & Body Art Convention with The BALLOON Track, an international convention that is held once a year for artists to gather for classes and fun!

My degree in Elementary / Special Education has offered a deep insight into being able to work with children. Taking lessons learned in college and in the classroom and extending them into my clowning work helps me to entertain children, adjust shows for the different age groups, and to make accommodations for children who have special needs. Also, being mom to two beautiful little girls has allowed me unlimited face painting practice and I always have a child’s insight available at a moment’s notice.

It has been great fun developing my own clown character and helping others find theirs. I have been teaching clown classes in the metro St. Louis area for the past 20+ years. I have taught classes for the St. Louis Community Colleges, Pattonville School District, the YMCA, and a variety of church and youth organizations including Boy/Girl Scout troops.

Clowning and entertaining has become my full time life’s goal.  It brings so much joy and allows me to share my fun, creative side on a constant basis.  Seeing children’s faces light up is the “magic moment” for me on a daily basis. Between Family Nights at area restaurants, Major League sporting events, company picnics, birthday parties and a variety of other events I keep pretty busy.