Mariam Paré always knew she wanted to be an artist, ever since she was a little girl. She grew up dreaming of making a career out of her art.
But when she was 20 years old, a stray bullet found found her…
Somebody was shooting a gun and it hit the car I was driving. I was struck in my back between my shoulder blades and my neck and I was instantly paralyzed.
After months of intensive rehabilitation, a physical therapist taught her how to use her mouth to control a pencil…and something clicked inside Paré’s mind. If she could control a pencil, why not a paintbrush? And with incredible determination, she spent eight long years working on her art and honing her skills until she was as good, if not better, at painting with her mouth as she had been with her hands before the accident.
It’s been almost two decades since her accident, and Paré has continued creating amazingly beautiful art, one careful brushstroke at a time.