|Toni Dyan Jures
East Windsor, CT (former Phoenician)
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1. Can you describe the image that was painted on you during your body painting session with Mark Greenawalt?
The image was of Earth's horizon leading into the atmosphere as if you were looking at it from space. On my stomach was the Earth's horizon and moving upward towards my neck was space. Above my chest are the numbers "2001"
2. How did you first hear about Mark Greenawalt's body painting artform and how did you get involved?
I think we were at a strip club in Phoenix, Cartoon City was playing there. Mark himself told me about his bodypainting ideas.
3. Was this your first experience at being body painted? If not describe previous sessions.
Yes this was my first time.
4. What were your reasons for modeling for a body painting session with Mark Greenawalt?
The idea of being exposed but covered by paint was appealing to me. I had seen Mark's work on other projects and have always been impressed so I felt it would be fun.
5. Do you have previous modeling experience? If so, please list any highlights.
I was part of "Arizona Top Models 1986". It was a production similar to Miss America, talent and evening gown competitions, etc. Except there were men as well as women in the running and the winners got a contract with a NY agency. I also did some runway work for The Gap.
6. What does it feel like to get painted?
I remember the paint was cold. The painting was wonderful compared to the latex. That stuff was most interesting. Mark stated that this wasn't exactly glamorous and he was correct. It was interesting to have a sponge or brush on every part of your skin. Kind of tickles I guess to answer your question. Not always, everywhere but that is what it feels like.
7. What advice would you give another model who is considering being bodypainted by Mark Greenawalt?
8. What were the reactions of people that saw your images (friends, relatives, significant others, etc.)?
Because of the content the initial reaction was usually, "Nice Rack". Followed with, "Wow". And finally, "How did you do this again?"
9. Which of Mark's bodypaintings is your favorite (besides your own, of course)?
I have two, Queen of Hearts, and Pinnacle Peak.
10. Would you consider being painted again by Mark Greenawalt?
11. If you were to be painted again, what type of image would you like to try?
Maybe an alien of some kind, or Poison Ivy with vines growing up my legs and around my arms. I think a wardrobe design would be cool too. With the styles of today you could do something really cool that looks like fashion. The idea of appearing dressed but actually to be in the buff is exciting.
12. Describe the atmosphere of the session (relaxed, awkward, rushed, professional, etc.).
It was very professional but due to the location it felt very awkward. The session took place at my apartment and we needed to use the airbrush so we did this part on my front patio. Keep in mind I lived in a small 12 unit apartment complex where we all faced the courtyard. I had this 8ft x 4ft picture on the wall that we took down and used as a wall so all the neighbors couldn't watch. They were very interested though!
13. Did you feel or seem like you were wearing clothes once you were painted?
Yes once the initial feeling of exposure went away.
14. Where did you get painted and where did you do the photoshoot?
Both took place at my home.
15. Looking back, what was your favorite part of getting body painted?
The entire experience was great but for me I liked seeing the end result, and taking the photos was a lot of fun. Playing with different ideas to see what worked.
16. Looking back, what was your least favorite part of getting body painted?
The latex was difficult to deal with, it was on my face, hands and legs. My fingers stuck together, my face got stiff and cracked when I smiled. If I am painted in the future I won't do the latex on my face again.
17. Do you associate body painting more with art or with porn?
18. What celebrity would you like to see body painted and why?
No one particular sticks out, maybe Lenny Karavitz. What a great canvas to work on! Maybe shave his chest? His hair would be fun to create with. I think he will single handedly bring back the afro!
19. How easy did the paint come off?
A warm shower and it peels right off. Actually that part was another fun moment. The way the latex felt as the water washed it away was pretty cool!
20. What comments do you have about body painter Mark Greenawalt (be careful, he may quote you on this)?
I am always impressed with Mark's work. He has wonderful visions.