My name is Kaileen, I am 27 years old, and I am a mouth painter. I’m 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 rare form of Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 2. To sum it up in a few words, my muscles are very weak and progressively worsen over time. I began teaching myself how to paint with my mouth in November 2017. My dream is for it to be my career and I will never stop working towards that goal.
Painting has become a way of expressing myself, giving me a voice when my physical one was lost. Mouth painting makes me feel proud of my body’s ability to create art after losing any ability to do so with my hands.
Finding a Voice and an Outlet through Mouth Painting