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Artist Alana Tillman is getting recognition, not only because her artwork is beautiful but also because of the challenges she'd had to overcome to create her beautiful masterpieces. Tillman was born with arthrogryposis a condition that has left her without the ability to use her arms and hands. Despite her disability, Tillman has not let it hold her back from anything. 

"I had to basically learn how to do everything with my mouth and my feet, from writing my name, to brushing my teeth, I don't live like the average human being. I find new ways to do things every day," Tillman said in a recent interview with The Bohemian,  the alternative weekly newspaper and website for California's North Bay

And when it comes to painting, you can definitely say Tillman has found a new way. 

"Art has kind of always been my go to thing. When I was growing up, I had a lot of surgeries. To just kind of escape from dealing with the surgeries, painting was kind of the best thing for me to do. The way that I paint with my is, I put the paintbrush in my mouth and I use my teeth or my tongue to kind of control the brush."

Tillman is a part of the MFPA (Mouth and Foot Painting Artists of America), an organization that meets the financial need of disabled artists by supplying them with art supplies and an organization that she says has been life-changing for her. 

Tillman has created dozens of incredible paintings, most of which can be seen on her website: http://www.alanaciena.com/portfolio/

 

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