Mariam Pare had dreams of being an artist since she was a little girl.
An accidental shooting left Mariam, 37, a quadriplegic and took her motor skills away. But Mariam's dreams could not be crushed.
"I learned that I could write my name by holding a pen in my mouth and I figured I could use this technique to paint with, and I just practiced and taught myself to paint using my mouth," said the Chicago resident.
"How hard was that?" Katie asked.
"It was really hard and frustrating," Mariam answered, but as time went on she got better at it.
After attending an artist convention, she learned about an organization, Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, which helps members make a career out of their passion. She met a painter who also used his mouth to paint. The man encouraged Mariam to apply. She put together a portfolio of her work, and 4 months later, was accepted into the program.
"I was accepted as a student member and scholarship recipient," said Mariam who paints in various mediumsRead More »from After Accident, Artist Learns to Paint with Her Mouth