I have always loved creating art in any form. The creative process itself makes the work satisfying and meaningful for the artist. Imagine yourself without arms….For half a century the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists of the World (VDMFK) (registered association) has supported highly successful artists who because of a handicap or disease are unable to create their works of art with their hands and instead use their mouths or feet. Founded in 1956 in the Principality of Liechtenstein, it boasts of about 800 mouth and foot painting artists all over the world.
Born without arms and sometimes because of an accident that makes them paralyzed from the waist down, these men and women need no pity from us, only an opportunity to make their works known. They know that their God-given talent is so precious that no disability can put them down. Their quiet dignity as seen in their art work is a celebration of the human spirit.
Seeing these gorgeous paintings makes me realize that every time they create a work of art, they rise up apart from the ordinary. Theirs is a struggle of the mind and spirit, as well as a story of triumph each time a masterpiece is born. It is a testimony for the rest of us that what is true, noble and beautiful cannot be hidden away. It is a timely reminder for us that the human spirit is resilient. In God’s mercy and time, it will overcome.
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