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Life Lessons from Mouth & Foot Artists Alana Tillman and Mariam Pare

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Alana Tillman was born without the use of her arms and hands. So, as a child she had to learn to draw and paint by mouth.

Mariam Pare was an art student and could have given up after she was shot at the age of 20. Instead, this remarkable woman continued her love of painting, producing incredible works of art with her mouth. Both of these remarkable women are members of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists.

  1.  Mariam, let’s start with you.  You were an artist before your injury. How did you teach yourself to paint the way you now do
  2.  Alana, tell us what it was like learning to draw and to paint by mouth when you were a child?

3.    Mariam, how does the MFPA help you and your fellow artists to make your own living from your art?

4.    Alana, how does it make you feel to know one of your paintings has been selected and turned into a Christmas greetings card that lots of people will see?

5.   Mariam, where can people go to get information about the MFPA and to purchase their latest greetings cards and other seasonal products?

Mariam Paré was born December 1, 1975 in Kenitra, Morocco and her family moved to the United States when she was a small child. Mariam was in college working on her Art History degree when, at age 20, she was left quadriplegic due to an accidental gunshot wound.

Alana Tillman, from California, was born with Arthrogryposis; a birth defect that left her without the use of her arms and hands. Alana quickly learned how to write using her mouth, but it wasn’t until she was introduced to painting, while recovering from multiple surgeries in a children’s hospital, that she was given the drive to succeed.

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