Mariam Paré has always been a talented artist. At the age of 20, Mariam Paré became the victim of random gun violence when a stray bullet hit her as she drove along a city street and she became a quadriplegic. While rehabilitating she learned how to sign her name with her mouth, and ultimately learned how to paint beautifully with her mouth.
This inspirational mouth painter is one of the most talented artists in the world. To say I was amazed when I researched Mariam’s work is an understatement. Everything she paints is beautiful – from former President John F. Kennedy to David Bowie, artist Frida Kahlo and an adorable yellow labrador retriever puppy that reminds me of my dog, Lucy when she was younger.
Mariam Paré was kind enough to join me for an interview this week to discuss the biggest challenges she faced while rehabilitating, how she learned to pain with her mouth, the Mouth and Painting Artists organization and how we can all get involved, why the holidays are an important time for the Mouth and Painting Artists organization (MFPA) and much more. For more information or to purchase holiday cards, a 2017 calendar, art prints and more please visit MFPAUSA.com.
YouTube video: Watch Candace Rose interview talented and inspirational artist, Mariam Paré!
You can see samples of her artwork here: http://www.mariampare.com/gallery
Time lapse video of Mariam painting by mouth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhkyO_YBgg0
Mariam Paré Bio
As a 20-year-old college-level art student, Mariam Paré dreamed of a career making art. But Mariam’s dream diverted tragically off course when she was caught in a cross-fire of gang violence. Shot in the back, the attack left Mariam a quadriplegic; permanently unable to walk with significant loss of use of her upper extremities. It was during a long period of rehabilitation that Mariam was taught to hold a pencil in her mouth to write her name. Soon, her dreams were given new life as she began painting with her mouth. Thanks to the financial support of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA), Mariam and hundreds of artists are able to follow their dreams and earn a living while creating beautiful works of art.