Maria Huppi, Oregon Mouth Painter

Coming Alive with Paint

Hello, thank you for visiting. My name is Maria and as you’ll see on these pages, I am a mouth painting artist.

I became a quadriplegic in 2000 (see the full story below) and over the years I have been able to learn the process of painting using a mouth stick.

Since I have quite a bit of nerve pain due to my injuries, art has become true therapy as it allows me to put that pain aside, at least temporarily, as I get lost in my paintings.

Most of my inspiration comes from a beautiful garden and pond in our backyard, where we have added goldfish and koi. Daily visits from squirrels and birds bring the backyard to life.

I’ve been honored to be a part of a few events and exhibits and in 2011 I was accepted as a student member to the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (mfpausa.com). They awarded me a scholarship, which helped to provide me with educational materials and private lessons.  My passion and ability to paint continues to grow.

Let me personally invite you to visit any of the art categories listed in the main menu above and enjoy perusing my work. Should you have any questions, I’d love to hear from you. Just head over to my contact page and fill out the form. I’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

Thank you so much for visiting!

 


 

My Story:

I was driving down a back road with my husband Mike during a wind storm in 2000 when a tree fell onto the roof of our minivan. In a matter of seconds, our lives were drastically changed. Both Mike and I broke our necks as a result of this accident. Mike’s neck was fused and he still has full movement. My injury was much more serious as I was rendered a C5/6 quadriplegic and spent many months in rehab.

With much determination, I began painting with a brush held in my mouth. My mother, who is an artist herself, gave me some paint by numbers as gifts. To my surprise, I discovered a great passion for art.

Before our accident I enjoyed being out in the yard and gardening. Now flowers grow on my canvas. Watching the flowers, koi and goldfish in our backyard not only provides peaceful therapy but also color and movement which inspire me to recreate with paint.

Each day I strive to improve my artistic abilities and each day I fall more in love with nature and art as I create.