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Maggie Doherty paints her masterpieces on willing participants' faces at the Mount Hood, Estacada and Happy Valley farmers markets.

POST PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Maggie Doherty is a face painter by trade, but her persona is ever changing. Every week she dresses up, painting her own face and donning an appropriate costume. In the tradition of great artists making the human face their main subject, Maggie Doherty paints her masterpieces on willing participants' faces at local farmers markets.

"I've been painting ever since I can remember," she said. "I really like being able to make my own contrast, and colors and textures. I feel like I can really play around with it. (I like) being able to create something that's an expression of emotion."

Doherty started her business — Maggie's Reflections and Memories — two years ago, providing hand and foot printing. Since then she has begun incorporating face painting into her bag of artistic skills, and sets up a booth at the Mount Hood, Estacada and Happy Valley farmers markets. This is her first year at the Sandy market.

POST PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Doherty has painted her entire life. "I really like the fact that (AntFarm has) younger kids setting up the market and helping out," Doherty explained. "I think that's really positive. It is a small market, but you get to know everybody."

The 28-year-old grew up in Arizona, participating in juniors honors art society throughout high school and eventually going on to study graphic design at the Art Institute of Phoenix.

Though she only working part-time as an artist at the moment — spending the other half of her time working as a receptionist for a Portland plasma center — Doherty "can just see things progressing over just one year" with her business.

"It's been really rewarding," she added. "And I feel like it's just going to keep growing, and hopefully this will become my full-time job. The other thing I like about it is I dress up every week. It's like Halloween every week."

Besides the markets, Doherty offers her services for parties and other events as well. She especially loves working with children.

"(I love) when I get to connect with a kid and see what they like and then create it for them and see their face," she explained. "It's a great feeling. It makes me really happy to see a child happy."

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