Brian Wolfe's Fight For Life

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Identical twins Nick and Brian Wolfe grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida and started their epic journey into the world of special effects makeup. They share inborn enthusiasm for art and... more


Updated posted by Jessica Marie Van Heusen 6 months ago

Hey guys. Brian passed peacefully on Tuesday at 4:30pm. Thank you all for making this last year the best for him it could have possibly been. I'll let you all know when and where the service will be when we figure that out. We'll probably take the weekend off and worry about it on Monday. Love and light! XOXOXOXOXOXO

(Shared from Nick' s update on facebook)


Updated posted by Jessica Marie Van Heusen 6 months ago

Hey guys. We haven't updated you all for a while and things have changed. We now have Hospice coming to the house to adjust Brian's pain medication and answer any questions we might have. We didn't know much about them and if you don't either, it's a service that helps with legal things, provides on-call nurses, counseling or anything else our family might need. Brian is resting peacefully today but isn't keeping up on emails or phone calls. He knows you all love him and he is grateful beyond words for all the help you've given him and his family. He is constantly surrounded by family and smiles every day. We are all grateful to be here with him and to be able to give him his food, meds, or a massage. We are all focused on the many blessings of each present moment and not on all the possible futures. Thank you for all your love and support.

Much Love,
Nick and Dara


Updated posted by Jessica Marie Van Heusen 8 months ago

Good news!
I got a stent put in my bile duct that had been blocked by the tumor while I was getting my nerve block! I feel so relieved and grateful! Thank you for your prayers and well wishes because they worked! Love you all!

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Created by Jessica Marie Van Heusen on July 2, 2012

Identical twins Nick and Brian Wolfe grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida and started their epic journey into the world of special effects makeup. They share inborn enthusiasm for art and illusion that has fueled their meteoric rise in the world of faceart, body painting and special effects make-up.They travel the world sharing their ideas, teaching others and helping them accomplish their dreams.

Brian has been married for 13 years to his devoted wife, Dara and they have an 12 year old daughter, Trinity. Both who are his life and biggest supporters.

July 2012, Brian was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer that has knocked him off his feet and is threatening his life. While Brian undergoes treatment he is unable to work. His wife, who has stood by his side for over a dozen years is needed by his side now more than ever.

We are asking you to help the Wolfe family in any way you can. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated and will be used to help with day to day expenses so Brian can focus on healing and living his dream once again.

The Wolfe family is so blessed to have such caring family, friends and fans and is extraordinarily grateful for the continued support.

For those who may be wondering, I am Dara's sister and I am close to both her and Brian. Dara and Brian are both aware of this page and the support we are asking for. This page has been a group effort put together by our entire family. We greatly appreciate any help you can offer.

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RIP Brian. You will forever be a big inspiration to me. My condolences to the Wolfe family.

posted by Martha Pongracic 5 months ago

R.I.P Brian you'll be always in every artis's heart we'll never forget you..

posted by Alex Art 6 months ago

Since I am not on Brian's facebook page, I'll just leave this here. I am terribly sorry to hear the news. Sad that we won't see him again, and the efforts here fell short. I hope that this page continues to lend support to his family. I ran into Nick, at Dragoncon, and mistakenly thought it was Brian. He will forever be missed, as he was then.

posted by Toby Markham 6 months ago

Hello Brian and Family, this really saddens me to see what is going on. I have been out of the loop for a while, but I still think of all my fellow face painters everyday.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I love you guys.

posted by Ellen Dawson 6 months ago

Brian, you and your beautiful family are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. You are an amazing man with great courage and strength...admired and loved by so many around the world! You're an inspiration to us all! My God bless you, comfort you, and give you peace!

posted by Tina Fillah-Carroll 6 months ago

Hi Brian ---I sit here in disney's animal kingdom an remember that first convention when you and nick talked about "racing" to help manage the days. I feel blessed to have heard you then, be inspired by you since then, and had you teach me, stay at my house, joke with my kids, share yourself with this community. Thank you -prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

posted by Diane Spadola 6 months ago

Brian and family.... this is such a hard time for your family... i hope the time is peaceful and loving....

posted by Nurse Aid 6 months ago

Hi Brian....You are all the days in my prayers....stay strong.....your family and all of us know that you are going to win this battle...sorry for my english....I speak spanish.

posted by Kuampa Lacroze 7 months ago

Hi Brian, I'm so sorry to hear about what you and your loved ones are going through. You have been a huge inspiration to me. I stumbled across some of your youtube videos at the beginning of 2012 when I was in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at the Royal Children's Hospital. It's where my Son was going through the fight of his life having undergone a Stem Cell Transplant at 11 months of age. We had almost lost him at 6 months and almost did again after huge complications following transplant. You'll never guess what I did to keep his 3 year old Brother entertained when we had our weekly Mummy-Son time.......FACE PAINTING!!! He loved it so much and I enjoyed watching his face light up every time he'd look in the mirror because at that time, I didn't get to see that little smile very often as he took a back seat for some time while I stayed with his Brother. As a result, I became obsessed with face painting and found it quite therapeutic. My Husband surprised me with a copy of "Extreme Face Painting" for my 30th and I was stoked. I painted myself, the nurses and my few support people who would visit us. I love art and this was something I had to pursue one day. Against all odds, Salem pulled through and is now 2 1/2 and enjoying daycare, enjoying his family and doing better than anyone could have ever expected. Don't give up hope...not for one minute. There were times that seemed hopelessly impossible and somehow, our fragile little baby made it through and has his Oncologist and everyone who knows him stunned. He has been in remission for almost 2 years now. I am doing face painting on the weekends and I visit my little friends at the hospital once a fortnight for some face painting. The only job I could ever love more than face painting is being Mummy to my beautiful boys. From the bottom of our hearts, our family wishes you all the best with your treatment and recovery. I also thank you for your wonderful teachings. You probably don't think about it much but what you do inspires so many artists out there. Stay strong:)

posted by Sarah Gregory 7 months ago

WOW so sorry to hear this! I will be praying that this goes away & you will be back on your feet!!

posted by Casperette Boudreau 15 months ago

Go, go Brian, all my face painter here in Norway love your designs, and look forward until you are 100% back and ready so we can book you and your brother to come to Norway to teach us some of your great design. Get well soon;O) I donated 1 dollar pr. kid I painted last weekend. Hope other painters do to;O)

posted by Bent Lønrusten 18 months ago

Hi Brian, remember Korea when you helped me with my design? I was chuffed when you said it was good enough to put your name on it! I also loved the time we had in Melbourne at the Star Wars exhibit. And our wonderful talk on life at Bristol. Thats when I knew we were on the same page. My thoughts are with you and your family. I believe in miracles Ive had one or two over the years . I hope we can make some good dollars at MBAC for ya babe. Love ya heaps and see ya when Im lookin at ya! xxxx

posted by Ria Clauss 20 months ago

Hello Brian...Get well soon buddy!!!! A big HUG from your friend from Puerto Rico!!! Jerry/Halloween Puerto Rico, God bless you!

posted by Jerry Gadget 21 months ago

Hi Brian. We are thinking of you and Dara en Trinity. and in the meantime working on a big fundraise day here in the Netherlands to help you. We hope to get everybody together for a day afther the vacation ,and raise alot money to help you. Your not only the theather that visit us, but also a dear friend for Ton and me in all this years.and we hope to have that manny more years. Huggs Ton and Ineke

posted by Ineke Blokland 21 months ago

The girls from DA van Sloun in Born (Holland) are thinking of you and our prayers are for you and your family.

posted by Marlène Banser Ev Kirchberg 21 months ago

Brian, you and Nick have meant so much to me. Your generosity in sharing your skills and designs have made a huge impact on my life and thousands of others in a way that we cannot repay. I have had the pleasure of taking several of your classes throughout the years and each time I have walked away a better artist. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family everyday! Love you and God bless you!

posted by Tina Fillah-Carroll 21 months ago

Get well! Me and my girls will pray for you every night! Your teachings have brought inspiration to all of us! Thank you very much for that! xoxo

posted by Lisa Chamberlain 21 months ago

Get well soon buddy ,, i have a friend with cancer,, went to houston TX to the cancer center and now he is cancer free ,, wish you all the best my friend,, Brian Knipper

posted by Brian Knipper 21 months ago

WOLFE brothers... you may remember back in 2010 when you were in the UK and a fellow photographer that is friends with Paul and Juliet at Facade... You both now hang on my wall as it is a constant reminder that you are full of talent and life. That is how it should be around the world for inspiration. Not matter how tough it may get, keep those endorphins going and be a 'big kid' as much as you can. Because if your spirit is laughing inside then you can laugh this moment of your life right out and tell it to P*&$ off! I am wishing you all the best guys! Natasha x

posted by SSE Splitsecondevents 21 months ago

Brian-- My mom always told me stories about your awesome make up with every year she went to Transworld. I finally got to see you this year, and it was a pleasure to have you do my makeup for the haunted house i was participating in that night. I just wanted to say one thing: Through your steps, i will support you. I send all of my good energy your way and hope that you fight valiantly against this... Because many of us wish to see you healthy, on your feet, and doing makeup yet again! Good luck to you. From, A big fan. =3

posted by Rach Typaldos 21 months ago

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RIP Brian.



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We asked our customers to "round up" their purchases to the nearest dollar. We matched what was raised over a 2 month period. Brian was such an inspiration to so many!



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I will try to send more soon. It has taken me a long time to get my finances stable enough to share. Nick I was asked by our former boss Kristen of Ojos Locos how you were doing and she sends her condolences and asked me if there was anything she could do I said yes ... due to the medical bills left behind there is a gofundme link for Brian, which I emailed to her this morning. She said you and I are like family to her and she wants to help as well. Hooray I hope this helps out even more.




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Thanks for inspirations and laughter Rest in Peace dear Brian we will all miss you sooo much! supporting thoughts to Nick and family From Denmark- Sabrina and Jane Wigh


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