ByJess O'Kane, writer at
Big in Japan
Jess O'Kane

It's easy to take some things for granted. But not for Mariam Paré, an artist who really makes the most of everything she has.

Paré was paralysed in 1996 when a stray bullet from a shooting hit her in the neck. She was only 20 years old, and for most people, the lifelong damage from the accident would have killed any dreams of a career as a painter.

But after much practice, the wheelchair-bound Paré taught herself to paint using only her mouth, and joined the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists. She is one of many paraplegic artists around the world who defy the odds in order to create beautiful artwork, much of which you can see on her website.

But the story doesn't end there.

The Day She Met Her Hero

One of Paré's favorite portrait subjects is Pierce Brosnan - her favorite James Bond. After hearing of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, Brosnan himself saw some of Paré's amazing portraits and invited her to his home in Malibu.

This is the moment the pair met.

Just watch as Brosnan is confronted with her portraits of him. "I'm so blown away that this is your work," he tells her. "And that you do it in such a fashion."

Around the 1:10 mark, Brosnan opens up about how he turned to painting to deal with trauma: the death of his wife Cassia and daughter to ovarian cancer.

I went to the painting to express pain; emotions; to put down the agitation of the heart.

It seems that the British action veteran has found someone to relate to in Mariam. You can see more of her work here, and read about the Mouth and Foot Painting Association here.

(Source: The Mirror)


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