Woman uses her mouth and feet to create one of a kind artwork

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Credit: Alana Ciena Tillman

California artist Alana Ciena Tillman was born with Arthrogryposis in 1983.

Arthrogryposis means a child is born with joint contractures. This means some of their joints don't move as much as normal and may even be stuck in one position.

Alana is one of Sonoma County’s premiere mouth and foot artists. Alana has a range of mediums that she uses exclusively without the use of her arms.  For Alana, who was born without the use of her arms, art is more than a hobby, but is her life. Alana credits her family for introducing her to art. “Creativity was always encouraged in our household,” said Alana.

“I am a twin, however my twin was not affected physically. I have been painting since I was 5 years old and haven't stopped since!”

Alana is influenced by food, nature, and landscapes and enjoys manipulating subjects in new and interesting ways. Her style of art varies from impressionism to abstract to pop art and urban street art influences.

Alana is a member of MFPA, Mouth and Foot Painting Artists of America.  MFPA is an organization that supports mouth and foot painting artists due to life-changing birth defects or accidents.  The organization is worldwide and they fund art materials and further assist artistic education for artists.

For more information on Alana: http://www.alanaciena.com/

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