About Me

Behind "The girl that paints with her mouth"

“There is no correct 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. Since 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 just keeping her writing and art to herself she decided to share it with others. She is an award winning, and a self-published author. She has been featured in Coweta Magazine, and in the 85 South Magazine. She is hoping that her work helps people to find inner peace, an open mind, and the acceptance of being different. Her work is created 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 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 childrens 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.

Work with Me

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

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!

Have a speaking engagement and/or reading you'd like to do of my books? I'd love to do that too! 

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

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