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Mouth Painter Dennis Francesconi Uses Case Air to Create Timelapse of Work

Here’s a recent piece published at … Posted by: Tom Pitts on Jul 10, 2018.

Bio: As the result of a water-skiing accident in 1980, — Dennis A. Francesconi [then 17] was permanently paralyzed. Since then, through hard work, determination, and the support of his wife Kristi, Dennis is once again on the fast track and making things happen. It all started in 1989 when Dennis taught himself how to write using his mouth. From sketching to water colors, what was first doodling for a few minutes became hours. In early 1993, he heard about the prestigious Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, Worldwide [AMFPA] and quickly submitted samples of his work for review. By late 1993, Dennis was accepted as a Student Member. Just 5 1/2 short years later, he had climbed the ranks to the much sought after Full Member position— which gave him the opportunity to remove himself from 19 years of public support.

Dennis thrives on working as a Member Artist of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists Inc. in Atlanta. Follow Dennis online at and on Instagram at @sconiart.

Creating Timelapse Videos with the Case Air Wireless Tethering System

Dennis originally used a GoPro for awhile to create a timelapse, but had mixed results. “The battery would go out quick, and the GoPro on a tripod would have to be very close to me.” In looking for an alternative, Dennis searched for an option to remotely trigger his DSLR camera without using a cable, preferably using his smartphone. He says he came across the Case Air Wireless Tethering System and decided to purchase it based on positive reviews he read online.

“I’m on my fifth video using the Case Air and I absolutely love it,” says Dennis. “I control the camera from my phone next to my easel and I setup the video using the timelapse feature in the Case Remote app. Plus, the ability to adjust the aperture, ISO and white balance from the app then see how the change of settings affects the image really helped me learn how to use the manual feature on my camera.”

See Dennis in action in the video below, and learn more about the Case Air at




Update: From mid 2014 to late 2017 I was basically sidelined by an autoimmune system problem that made it impossible to continue with my work schedule. Everything from planning, painting, and participating in press opportunities was affected. I managed to struggle through a handful of paintings, and quickly realized that I wouldn’t be able to maintain any consistency.

Fortunately in late 2017 my autoimmune system calmed down on its own, and I was able to start painting some small pieces. During the last several months I’ve worked to regain my strength and endurance, and more work is currently underway. Having said that, it’s great to be back!

Thanks to everyone at the AMFPA, as well as MFPA Inc. for their support.

Lastly, many thanks to my amazing wife Kristi for all of her help, this has not been easy!

— Dennis

“MFPA” Information article. Fall, 2013. Dennis A. Francesconi. NAPS [North American Precis Syndicate].

Here’s a nice information article featuring Mouth and Foot Painting Artists [Member] Dennis A. Francesconi, and the MFPA from our Fall campaign…! This piece briefly discusses MFPA products, and how to get them. Now that the estimated viewership is in, I’d like to share it.

By Mouth and Foot Painting Artists

Fall, 2013

Dennis Francesconi putting the finishing touches to President Lincoln’s face on Mt. Rushmore. [click to enlarge]

Planning Ahead Can Help Reduce Holiday Stress

(NAPSW)—The best gift you can give yourself this holiday season is to start your plan well in advance. Although reminders about holiday shopping seem to arrive earlier each year, the lack of an actual plan can mean little gets done until the last few stressful weeks.

To make your holidays merrier—and less stressful—here’s a master plan:


Once life gets back on track after the summer vacation, start to make some lists. Who will you send cards to? Who are you buying gifts for? Ask family members where they plan to be for the holidays. This time also offers a great opportunity to browse through the stores that you’ve always meant to visit.


Don’t wait for Black Friday. These days, stores have special offers all year round. With time on your side, look for innovative gift ideas. Presents with thought behind them are always appreciated more. Look for cards that will be special for friends and family to receive. For example, the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) uses reproductions of its artists’ unique, original paintings to produce holiday cards, gift wrap and gift ideas such as a 2014 desk calendar—another great way to plan even further ahead—puzzles and books. The worldwide for-profit organization is owned and run by disabled artists and helps them to earn their living through direct sales to the public.

If you don’t receive one of these mailings and wish to buy MFPA products, visit its website at or call (877) MFPA-USA.

One of those artists is Dennis Francesconi. As the result of a water-skiing accident when he was a teenager, Francesconi was permanently paralyzed. Then, he taught himself how to write, and then paint, using his mouth. He has participated in over 75 exhibitions around the world. The re­cent success of the movie about President Lincoln at this year’s Oscars inspired him to paint a winter scene of Mt. Rushmore.


Now that you’ve earned some breathing space, it can be a good time to start writing holiday cards in preparation for posting. You can make a holiday card even more special by thinking carefully about the message you write inside. It’s likely the card will be on display for a few weeks, so you will want to make sure the message is from the heart. And don’t forget to include personal photos for your loved ones.

Once the cards are in the mail, write up your holiday menu and confirm invitations for parties. With all this work behind you, you will now have time to enjoy the season with friends and family. You’ll have earned it.

Here’s an example of the piece as published via Reuters News. [click to enlarge]

**This piece was used for publicity through – NAPS [North American Precis Syndicate]. The story and painting ran in 53 states. The estimated number of newspaper articles was 3,652. The estimated readership in actual newspapers was 29.2 million.

The story was also estimated to have had 161 million unique monthly visitors to the papers who carried it on their web sites only.

** The numbers above are directly from NAPS.

*Many thanks to, Victor Margiotta – Director of MFPA Media Relations USA, and Jim March – Director of MFPA for North America.