A Naperville woman will be featured on Katie Couric's talk show Thursday. After being struck by a bullet, she has learned to paint with her mouth. Read the full press release below:
Naperville artist Mariam Pare has had one of her original paintings reproduced as part of a set of Holiday cards that have been mailed to the public, right across America, in October.
Pare paints with a brush held between her teeth and is part of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, a worldwide group of disabled artists who make their living by mailing out to the public reproductions of their original artworks as card sets and calendars.
Pare was an art student when she was caught in the cross-fire of gang violence in Chicago while driving. A bullet to her back left her in a wheelchair and with limited use of her upper body. She re-kindled her interest in art by holding the brush in her mouth as part of her rehabilitation.
The quality of her work is remarkable, as is her story. The artist is being interviewed on a segment of the Katie Couric talk show being aired on WLS station, in Chicago, the afternoon of October 17 at 3 p.m.