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One does not need to be adept with their hands to be a great painter. Just take a look at Irish painter Christy Brown who, stricken with cerebral palsy, could paint only with his left foot (hence the movie My Left Foot with Daniel Day-Lewis). Or look at contemporary wonder Leanne Beetham. Instead of using her hands, she opts for using her mouth!
It’s Not All in the Wrist
Born in 1987, Leanne was diagnosed with an extremely rare condition called Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. Due to joint contractures, muscles develop abnormally leading to muscle shortening, disabling extension and flexion in affected joints. Since it affects all four of her limbs, this led Leanne to utilize her mouth for almost all of her daily activities—most notably here—her art.
Raised by her grandparents, Beetham was just 2 years old when she began drawing with her mouth. Indeed, she began drawing before writing and for her, using her mouth came very naturally. At the age of 13 she drew a Christmas card that founds its way into the newspaper. A member of the MFPA (that’s Mouth and Foot Painting Artists) saw her artwork. Beetham went on to earn a scholarship to further study and hone her unique skills.
Hopes and Dreams
Beetham’s love of animals has caught the eye of a wildlife artist, David Shepherd, a renown wildlife artist and a very outspoken conservationist. Another (awesome) admirer is the British thriller author Frederick Forsyth. Story has it that the author had seen two of her pieces at an art show, with a price tag of £250. Enamored with the paintings, Forsyth didn’t pay the £250, but instead wrote a letter and a a four-figure check. In the letter he said that she was underselling her talent. Beetham may be a little jealous of her admirer. Forsyth had been a BBC journalist in Africa for years before becoming an author. Beetham’s dream is to visit the continent, specifically South Africa and Botswana. She wants to see the subjects of her paintings first hand. Currently, she uses photographs of the animals for reference. But her dream is to be amongst the real thing. She’s even earning a degree in applied animal behavior at Bishop Burton Higher Education College. Hopefully her dream will come true.
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