My name is Kaileen, I am 28 years old, and I am a mouth painter living in Greater Vancouver, Canada. I am a Student Member of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) / Vereinigung der mund- und fussmalenden Künstler (VDMFK).
I have a neuromuscular disability presumed to be a very rare form of Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 2D. For a detailed description please use our good friend Google. But to sum it up in a few words, my muscles are very weak and progressively worsen over time.
Over the past 10 years I have lost many abilities, one of which is the use of arms and hands for most things. Due to this, I had gone a long time without creating much art. In November 2017, that all changed.
My boyfriend casually mentioned to me that there is an association called the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists. This association consists of people who paint using their mouth or feet. For some reason that sparked something inside of me. I didn't have any painting background but I decided to give painting with my mouth a try! I ordered cheap watercolour paint, paper, and paint brushes from Amazon and was ready to start. Except then I realized I didn't have a way to reach the paper... so I propped up a Lady Gaga book I had and used it as an easel. Then I was really ready to start!
Since then I have been teaching myself how to paint with watercolour paint, $2 acrylic paint, and even the fancy $20 acrylic paint. Oh and an actual easel! But most importantly, how to paint using only my mouth.
I have learned many things since I started, but I still have so much more to learn. I'm also a believer in the statement that we really never stop learning.
So with all that, welcome to my journey as a mouth painter! Sure I'm no pro, however I can say with my whole heart that I love painting. My dream is for it to be my career and I will never stop working towards that goal.