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Sunny Taylor: Portraits of Early Success

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Sunny Taylor: Portraits of Early Success

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Sunny Taylor: Portraits of Early Success

Sunny Taylor: Portraits of Early Success

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At 22, artist Sunny Taylor has already had several exhibitions, won an international art residency and had her work displayed in the Smithsonian Institution. The self-taught artist — who's drawn comparisons to the 16th-century master Caravaggio — was also born with a joint and muscular disability that limits the use of her arms and legs.

As she can't use her hands to paint, she holds the brush with her mouth, and sometimes paints with her toes.

NPR's Susan Stone visited the artist's studio in Athens, Georgia to talk about her life and work.

Sunny Taylor, in front of a self-portrait she's currently working on. Note: The image gallery contains nude art. Susan Stone, NPR hide caption

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