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by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - West Linn artist Kim Millen was hired to paint trick or treaters for the Halloween episode of 'Grimm,' which will air Oct. 26 at 9 p.m. on KGW channel 8.West Linn artist Kim Millen has a unique effect on people.

Her colorful paintings brighten homes and offices throughout the Northwest. Students of all ages in her art classes appreciate her encouraging manner and skillful techniques. But those who become her canvases are perhaps the most excited about her work. Millen is a body painter and has painted literally thousands of masterpieces on faces, arms, legs and whole torsos from New York to Arizona as well as locally.

She began body painting years ago when Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts organizers hired her to paint faces during Children’s Day. She and her daughter got a real kick out of transforming children into tigers, butterflies and other creatures through face painting. And the children were thrilled to wear their art. Since those fledgling days her business, UB Painted, has boomed.

“I love kids and people in general,” she said. “This is fun. I get to paint and be creative. I listen to the person and interact with them to decide what to paint. Every gig is different!”

And her body painting truly can transform a person’s look and personality. Each fall for the past dozen years, Millen has spent a couple of months in New York, where she gets inspiration.

“I limit myself to $10 a day,” she said. “I’m really on a budget.” To help her studio rental and other expenses Millen teaches art classes and also takes appointments for body painting on Halloween weekend. Bands, nightclubs and hosts of private parties have enlisted her talents to take their Halloween celebrations to the next level.

“This is huge fun for a Halloween party,” she said. “Adults love body painting. They are really excited about it.”

Most recently, Millen was hired to paint trick or treaters for the Halloween episode of NBC’s hit TV show “Grimm.”

“The Grimm staff is so friendly,” she said. “I painted the children’s faces before they went on to the set. It was fun for the cast and crew to see them in full makeup.” Millen couldn’t say more about the experience but encouraged readers to watch the episode Oct. 26 at 9 p.m. on KGW channel 8.

Millen’s body painting talents have been included as entertainment at church auctions, corporate team building events, children’s birthday parties and at West Linn’s farmers’ market.

“One week I wasn’t able to be at the farmers’ market and a little boy was so disappointed he cried,” she said. “So now I just go because he might be there! Birthday parties are really fun events to do. Everyone is already excited and happy. Sometimes I teach a short class beforehand on design or complementary colors.”

You can have Millen transform you for free today from noon to 8 p.m. at the ribbon cutting and open house event for Adroit Family Dental, 5493 Amy Street in West Linn. Adults and children are welcome to have a free face painting, take a tour of the offices and meet Dr. Kirill Smirnoff and the staff of Adroit Family Dental. For more information call 503-710-9839.

To learn more about Millen visit kimmillenart.com or ubpainted.com.




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