“There is nocorrect or incorrect way to create art.”

— Shakeyla Shinholster


Shakeyla Shinholster is a young woman living with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC) who writes, draws, and paints with her mouth. She has AMC, she is not mobile and cannot use her hands, so she began expressing herself through art and writing. After so much expression and keeping her writing and art to herself she decided to share it with others. She is an award-winning artist, public speaker, singer-songwriter, and a self-published author. She has been on the cover of Fayette Woman Magazine and featured in multiple magazines. She has music on all streaming platforms. She is hoping that her work helps people to find inner peace, an open mind, and the acceptance of being different. Her life's mission is to be a light for people across the world, and to inspire them to walk into their God given purpose.


My main art medium is acrylics, but I am always open and experimenting with other mediums. I can even create art digitally. I enjoy doing commissioned works, such as portraits of people and/or their pets in my own style. I can paint anything. There is no limit to my creativity when it comes to painting.  

I've written, illustrated, and self-published three books. The first two books I created are children’s books by the name of "My Friend Cory," and "Max the Cat."  The third book, "Expressions Soar: A Peak into my Creative Mind" is a book filled with poetry, short stories, and original artwork. Each book can be purchased on Amazon.

I'm also a singer-songwriter. You can stream my music on ALL streaming platforms under my artist  name: Shakeyla.

Work with Me

Have a commissioned painting in mind? Contact me. I'd love to bring your vision to life!

Do you have an engagement where you'd like a live painting done? Contact me. I'd love to bring some color and flare to your event!

Do you have an event where you need a motivational keynote speaker? Contact me. I'd love to motivate you!

Get in touch with me using my contact form to discuss rates, scheduling and more.

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