Paralyzed By Gunshots, Artist Learns To Paint With Mouth

Paralyzed By Gunshots, Artist Learns To Paint With Mouth


GEORGE SAYS HE IS COMING FORWARD NOW TO HELP OTHERS. THE ARCHDIOCESE SAYS HE WON’T COMMENT ABOUT ONGOING LITIGATION. THE GUNSHOTS SEEMED TO COME OUT OF NOWHERE. WHEN HE STOPPED, A SUBURBAN ARTIST WAS LEFT PARALYZED. BUT, SHE KEPT FIGHTING, USING THE CANVAS TO DO IT. TONIGHT, HOW HER WORK IS ABOUT TO SEE ONLY ONLINE, ON CBS 2. Reporter: NAPERVILLE ARTIST MARIANNE”S WORK IS PAINSTAKINGLY PRECISE. EACH BRUSH STROKE WITH PURPOSE. A CHALLENGE EVERY PAINTER, PERHAPS MORE SO SINCE SHE PAINTS BY MOUTH. LEARNING TO PAINT BY MOUTH WAS VERY HUMBLING. BUT, I KNEW THAT THE KNOWLEDGE WAS INSIDE OF ME. AND, I SAW THE POTENTIAL. Reporter: SHE LEARNED HER CRAFT AFTER A BULLET LEFT HER A QUADRIPLEGIC AT AGE 20. SHE WAS IN ART SCHOOL VISITING A FRIEND IN VIRGINIA AND SITTING AT A STOP SIGN, WHEN IT PIERCED HER CAR AND HIT HER IN THE BACK. I WATCHED MY HANDS FALL OFF OF THE STEERING WHEEL. LITERALLY, MY EYES WERE OPEN, AND MY HANDS JUST FELL LIMP. Reporter: THOSE HANDS, ESSENTIAL TO HER ART, NOW USELESS. BUT AFTER REHAB AND LEARNING TO WRITE HER NAME BY MOUTH, SHE BECAME DETERMINED TO PAINT AGAIN. WAS ALIVE A LIFELINE FOR YOU IN A WAY? IT WAS. IT WAS LIKE A LIFELINE FOR ME. AND IT WAS PERFECT. IT GAVE ME SOMETHING TO WORK ON. Reporter: 23 YEARS LATER, SHE IS NOW AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF THE MOUTH AND FOOT PAINTING ARTISTS. A GROUP THAT GIVES STIPENDS TO STUDENTS ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM. THIS YEAR, SHE IS ONE OF FOUR U.S. ARTISTS TO HAD HER WORK CHOSEN TO BE PART OF THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CARD SALE. THE PROCEEDS OF WHICH GO BACK TO THE PAINTERS. THEY’RE ALL AWARE OF THIS GIFT THAT THEY HAVE. BUT THEN WHEN THEY’RE SELECTED, BE IT BY US OR ONE OF THE OTHER PUBLISHING HOUSES, IT VALIDATES WHY THEY’RE DOING WHAT THEY’RE DOING. Reporter: IT ALSO MEANS PARE IS A WORKING ARTIST, SUPPORTING HERSELF IN PART THROUGH HER PAINTING. IT’S AN ACHIEVEMENT FOR ANY PAINTER, WHICH IS JUST HOW PARE SEES HERSELF. I DON’T WANT PEOPLE TO SAY, OH, GOOD FOR YOU. YOU KNOW, YOU ARE A NICE, DISABLED ARTIST. LOOK AT THAT NICE GIRL YOU PAINTED. NO, IT’S, LIKE, I’M AN ARTIST. AND I WANT MY WORK TO STAND FOR ITSELF. AND, SPA HAS 800 ARTISTS WORLDWIDE WHOSE WORK IS REVEALED EVERY YEAR. THE SHOOTER IN PARE’S CASE, BY THE WAY, WAS NEVER CAUGHT. BUT NOW SHE HAS THE POTENTIAL FOR HER WORK TO BE SEEN INTERNATIONALLY. WHICH IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR ANY ARTIST. SHE IS SO TALENTED.

local_offerevent_note September 23, 2019

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