Teen Face: Bailey Farren

  • Bailey Farren, 17, holds a painting of the Mona Lisa made with chocolate frosting and behind her is a painting made with soy sauce. Photo taken at her home on Thursday, July 24, 2014 in Rohnert Park. (BETH SCHLANKER / The Press Democrat)

Bailey Farren doesn’t just have unusual taste in art. You might say she has unusual tastes in her art — chocolate, soy sauce and marshmallow, to be exact.

The 17-year-old Rohnert Park resident has been enjoying an explosion of creativity ever since she began experimenting with food as an art medium about a year ago.

It all began when she was at a crab feed to raise money for her friend’s school, and someone plopped a piece of chocolate cake on her plate.

Not a fan of that particular confection, Farren began spontaneously pushing the chocolate frosting around her plate. Pretty soon she had painted a sunset, and her grandfather, Gerry Farren, took notice.

On her 17th birthday, her grandfather gave her a tub of Betty Crocker chocolate frosting and as a joke told her to go paint a masterpiece. She took it as a challenge.

Using the thick brown spread as her medium, Farren replicated Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

She insists that at no point in the process did she get the urge to sample her sugary creation.

“If I liked eating it, I wouldn’t be painting with it,” Farren said.

When she was finished, she posted the image on Facebook and “everyone freaked out.”

The overwhelming response spurred her to try other nontraditional mediums, some more permanent than others.

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