Alana Tillman is a mouth artist, born with Arthrogryposis. Growing up in a creative household, with artists on both sides of the family, art was always encouraged. She started painting at the age of five and hasn’t stopped since.
Alana received an AA in fine arts from the Santa Rosa Junior College and was accepted in the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists of America (MFPA), an association supporting mouth and foot artists with art materials and furthering artistic education. Because of this, she made art a career and continues painting, receiving commissions every day. Alana enjoys the process of creating a feeling or memory through art and hopes to do so for as long as physically possible.
Cooking is also a passion for Alana, with her favorite cuisines being Vietnamese, Thai, and Italian. She loves to dance and to spend time with her twin sister — saying “happiness is wherever she [her twin] is.”
WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HOPE YOUR ART SENDS TO THE WORLD?
AT: I paint to evoke a feeling or memory while enhancing ones personal space. I hope to send a message to people that they can overcome or adapt to any adversity that comes their way with an overwhelming drive to succeed and positive attitude. To be grateful as well.
“Look past your present situation whether good or bad and know the best is yet to come, through dedication and hard work.”
WHO INSPIRES YOU?
AT: I’m inspired by ambitious positive people. Also, I am inspired by my family, to make them proud and to never give up!
You can learn more about Alana at her website: alanaciena.com.