Saturday, May 24, 2014

The INCREDIBLE "Mouth" Artist

We have been REALLY blessed to become close friends with a family here who unfortunately is  moving away due to husband's job in a week. These are people who will remain in our life always. They will be 3 hours away in Rome, Georgia but there's no doubt that there will be frequent visits! Anyway, I had been racking my brain trying to come up with the perfect going away gift. I had made them a photo album so they could hang on to all those memories but I was looking for something more. I wanted something that said--"Don't forget about Athens, GA." So...I'm pulling out of a shopping center on Monday night and out of the corner of my eye, I notice a man painting on a canvas. I assumed he was homeless and trying to earn some money. I looked closer though and realized he was painting with his mouth. I needed gas so I crossed the intersection and pulled up to the pump. I kept looking back across the street at him. One arm looked completely gone and the other one had a special hook prosthetic. I thought about what he was painting; I knew it was Bulldogs for sure. I pulled out of the gas station and my car just sort of pulled up next to him as if on auto-pilot. I got out to talk to him. I told him I thought it was absolutely amazing what he was doing and he said thank you and then he went on to tell me me his story. When he was a child, he wanted to be a superhero like Spiderman. He wanted to fly through the air. So, he took some rope and attempted to throw it over a tree-limb. With each throw he came closer and closer until he FINALLY went over...and onto a live 70,000+ volt electrical line. What he didn't realize was that there was Copper inside that rope. From that day on, his life was changed forever. He underwent over 60 surgeries.  Both arms were amputated and he lost his toes.  Before his accident, he couldn't draw a stick figure with both hands.  3 years afterwards, he could draw with his mouth.  The more he practiced, the better he got.  He believes with all of his heart and soul that this was always God's plan for him and he holds no resentment and no bitterness. He is just...amazing. I don't know any other word to describe him. 

So he made a beautiful original painting for my dear friends who are moving away and I know they will cherish it always. It took 5 days and when I picked it up today, I couldn't even speak--I jut started crying. I managed to get the words "thank you" out but I was so overwhelmed with emotion; it was embarrassing. He took me in his arms and held me for 2 minutes on the street corner as I sobbed into his shirt. What a MAN. And what a scene--can you imagine? What the hell do I have to be crying about?! He is just a lesson to us all--really!  His name is Michael Davenport. He is known as the "Mouth Artist" here in Athens, GA and I hope you will look at these photos of his incredible work and check out his links. Thanks! xo -Annie


  1. Hi! My name is Angela Seal. I'm actually writing an article about Mr. Davenport as well. I saw you posted to his FB page and I was curious if you'd be willing to do a brief phone interview. I'm looking for good sources to discuss their experience with this wonderful man. Please let me know if you'd be willing to chat! :) Also sorry if I posted this comment twice. It didn't show up the first time!

  2. Oh and I sent you a message on FB. :)