Paris, Texas – Sixteen year-old Sidney Toss has always stood out from the pack. From the age of five, Sidney has been huffing paint. She found her passion in arts and crafts class in kindergarten working on a stunning impressionistic purple elephant.
“For whatever reason—perhaps it was fate—I decided to smell the lavender paint I was using for my elephant,” she reminisces. “The instant I smelled it, I knew my life was going to change forever.”
Sidney was immediately hooked but kept her obsession under wraps as the other kids weren’t accepting of her new lifestyle. Undeterred, she moved into mixed media—huffing oils, watercolor and even some marble.
“I just kept coming back to paint,” said Sidney. “I always knew there was something special about it, but I couldn’t put my finger on it.”
When she went to high school, she started a club called Paint Huffing Society to spread awareness. She started fundraisers and charity work—anything to get her message out. After a while, it started working.
Over the next year, Sidney managed to introduce half of her class to paint huffing. Other kids began to tell their friends, and one person even started a line of paint huffing inspired clothing.
“It just feels great to have your hobby finally recognized,” she said.