Born on 3 April 1979 in Agen, Elodie Cazes immigrated to New Zealand together with her family at the age of twelve. There she suffered a fracture of the cervical vertebrae at C1 and C6 when she hit head-first into a shallow pond. This injury resulted in her limbs becoming paralysed. During her stay at the hospital, she learned to paint with her mouth in the course of a therapy programme. She came to enjoy it very much. Later on, the mouth painting artist returned to France. She became a Student Member of VDMFK in the year 1997.