Christopher John Kuster

Christopher J Kuster was an enthusiastic diver until he was injured in 1992 in a shallow water diving accident. Since then Chris has learned to express the life around him in his original artworks. Chris is a quadriplegic and paints with his mouth by holding the paintbrush between his teeth. Christopher now paints beautiful sceneries, sketches and things that are around him and inspire him. He has such a positive attitude towards his life. He has been a part of MFPA from the year 2010 and represents the mouth painters of the United States of America proudly.

Moses Kai Hamilton

Moses Kai Hamilton aka Mo is an extremely talented, passionate and inspiring artist who was born in Kauai’s spectacular north shore on 5 Jan 1976. He began sketching at a young age and since that point art played a pivotal role in his life.  Self-taught, he rediscovered his passion for art and started painting by mouth after a car accident in 2002, which left him paralyzed. He paints with an expressive and loose style that carries a touch of impressionism, using bold colours to create strong and powerful pieces of art inspired by his love of life, music, Hawaii and its ethnic diversity.

Sara Jane Parsons

Sara Jane Parsons, mouth painter, watercolourist, was born on 3 Jan 1964 in the US. She resides in Austin, Texas with her partner, and their dog and cat. Largely self-taught, she began painting in watercolour as a creative outlet after becoming quadriplegic due to a car accident. When asked if it’s difficult to paint as she does, holding the brush in her mouth, her standard reply is, “I don’t know. I’ve never done it any other way!”

David Nolt

David Nolt was born on 8 November 1980 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a birth defect that left him without the use of his arms. David began painting as a child, using oil to duplicate images of his surroundings. He learned of the MFPA through current member Jack Reich, who mentored David to his acceptance. But he mostly learned to paint with his mouth as an autodidact. In 2001 he became a Student Member of the association and in 2010 he was granted Associate Membership of VDMFK. His initial works mainly comprised of sketches done with a fountain pen and ink.

Ronald Dale Tabor

Ronald Dale Tabor, who is paralysed on both arms and legs, was born on April 10, 1948, in Boone County, Arkansas. In 1969, He was seriously injured in a car accident which left him, quadriplegic. In 1970 he taught himself to paint with his mouth. He became the Student Member of VDMFK in 1987 and an Associate Member in 2011. Two years later, in 2013 he was awarded the status of a Full Member.

Robert Rycroft

Robert Rycroft was born on 24 October 1948 in Centralia. In 1983 at the age of thirty-four, Robert Rycroft was severely injured in a surfing accident that he remained paralysed. As a consequence, he had to give up his job in the construction sector and find a new task. Even though he was paralysed from neck down he took up painting with his mouth. A friend of his encouraged him to draw and paint pictures, and there he made his first attempts at drawing on a sheet of paper holding a pen between his teeth. He learnt how to paint with his mouth as an autodidact.

Benjamin Znidarsic

Benjamin Znidarsic was born on 21 June 1959 in Postojna. While studying to become an electrical engineer he fell off a cherry tree, resulting in him becoming tetraplegic. During his stay at a rehabilitation centre, he started to write poems. Initially, he did so to pass the time, but later he was able to publish three collections of poems. As cultural director of the Association of Tetraplegic Persons in Slovenia, among other things, he organised painting courses and thus became involved in mouth painting himself. He became a Student Member of VDMFK in 2003.

Brom Wikstrom

Born on 13 October 1953 in Seattle, Brom Wikstrom began his career as an apprentice in his father’s commercial art business. A swimming accident in 1975 left him paralyzed and he began painting with his mouth. For several years he took painting lessons with his father and in 1985 he received a scholarship from the AMFPA. Since 1992 he has been a Full Member of the Association. In the course of the years, he took college classes in art therapy and he established an arts program at the Children’s Hospital in Seattle. He furthermore demonstrates his painting style in regional schools and at local arts festivals.

Robert Thome

Born on 21 February 1954 in Los Angeles, at the age of fifteen, Robert Thome suffered a serious injury while playing American football. He bumped into a player of the rival team, fell and fractured two vertebrae. The resulting damage done to the spine left him paralyzed from the neck down. Years of hopelessness and rage followed, he attempted suicide, although he was already teaching himself how to paint with the mouth. “If you are tetraplegic it’s as if you were locked in a cage and there’s no way out”, he says. In 1980 he met his future wife Kathy, who made his life worth living for him, again. Thanks to her support painting became his profession and his mission in life. Robert Thome says: “Art is a wonderful means of expression. I paint with my mouth, but if something happened to my mouth, I would paint with the forehead. That’s what art is about, finding ways to implement your ideas.”

Jean Michalski

Jean Michalski was born on 10 December 1936 in Belgium. At the age of ten, Jean climbed a utility pole together with friends and sustained severe burn injuries that both his arms had to be amputated. Soon afterwards he learned to write and paint holding a pen between his teeth. He perfected his skills and received a Scholarship from the Association in 1956. This enabled him to study at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. In 1960 he became a Full Member of the AMPFA.

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