Thursday, March 26, 2015

Art to benefit animals

I have art in a couple exhibits to benefit animals. The first is a benefit for the grassroots activist group Wolf Patrol. "Still Howling - Art for the Wolves" showcases original paintings, prints, photos...all to benefit the endangered Canis Lupus. I have one painting and a few prints available, and 100% of the proceeds will go to Wolf Patrol. Below is the painting I've donated:

"All That We Want Are Our Lives" (c) 2015 Michelle Waters
12" x 9" acrylic on wood

I've also donated a painting to the exhibit "Bunnymania", to benefit The National Museum of Animals and Society in Los Angeles. Bunnymania is a fundraiser art exhibition curated by celebrated Los Angeles art critic Peter Frank and exhibit producer Delia Cabral. The show raises awareness about our relationship to rabbits, both the animals and what they’ve come to symbolize in our human experience.

"Bunnymania" will show in two galleries: Chungking Studio in Chinatown (Downtown L.A.) 975 Chung King Rd. Los Angeles, CA from March 27 - 29 with the Opening Reception March 27th From 6:00pm to 9:00PM; and Wilding Cran Gallery Unit B in the Arts District (Downtown L.A.) 939 South Santa Fe Ave. Los Angeles, from April 4th-18th, 2015, with the Opening Reception on Saturday, April 4th from 6 to 9 pm. Below is the piece I've donated for "Bunnymania".

"The Flower Child" (c) Michelle Waters
9" x 6" Acrylic on wood

I feel really blessed that I'm able to use my art to directly help spread the message of compassion for non-human animals. It is definitely a huge gift, and one for which I'm very grateful.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

March shows

Happy almost Equinox. I've been crazy busy and have until now forgotten to blog about a couple of shows I have work in. The first is at "You Art What You Eat", a national juried show about food at Union Street Gallery in Chicago. I'm thrilled that two of my farmed animal liberation paintings are in this show. As far as I'm concerned, the more eyeballs that see animal activist art, the better. Below are the two pieces in this show.

"The Cruelest Holiday" - (c) 2013 Michelle Waters

"Smarter Than Your Dog" (c) 2013 Michelle Waters

The second show is "Loteria!", Cactus Gallery's 10th Anniversary group show. I've been showing with Cactus Gallery in Los Angeles for a few years now, and owner Sandra Mastroianni always does an amazing job with creating interesting shows, but I think she's outdone herself this time because this show is just fantastic. For this show, each artist was assigned one of 54 Loteria cards (Loteria is a Mexican game of chance, like Bingo). My card is "El Gallo", the rooster, and is below.

"El Gallo Psicodélico" (c) 2015 Michelle Waters

Saturday, January 17, 2015

New art at Sanctuary Bistro

Happy 2015. Let's make this a more peaceful world for animals, humans and the Earth. In that spirit, I have a small show of mostly new paintings up at Sanctuary Bistro, a wonderful new vegan restaurant in Berkeley, CA. There will be a "meet and greet" event this coming Monday, January 19th from 6 - 8pm. Below are three new pieces I painted for this show.

"Don't Fear Me" - 12 x 16 acrylic on wood - (c) 2014 Michelle Waters

"I am the Spirit of the Land" - 12 x 16 acrylic on wood - (c) 2014 Michelle Waters

"Let Me Be My Wild Self" - 12 x 16 acrylic on wood (c) 2014 Michelle Waters

Friday, November 14, 2014

My refusal to participate in the violence of Thanksgiving

I'm going to depart from my usual blog posts of announcing my art events, because what's on my mind are the 45 million turkeys who have been raised in horrifying conditions and killed in even more horrifying conditions so that Americans can participate in the Thanksgiving ritual. I wish so much that people would wake up and realize the hidden violence behind the societal requirement to eat the body of a tortured turkey in celebration of this holiday.

The dead turkeys that will be on most American holiday tables on November 27th were babies who never saw the light of day, who lived in conditions that, were dogs and cats subjected to them, would be illegal. And yes, this is true of free-range turkey "farms" as well as factory farms.

Like other birds, turkeys have no protection under the Animal Welfare Act or the Humane Slaughter Act. A single slaughterhouse can kill 360 birds per minute, or 518,000 in 24 hours ( Think about it, and let the reality of what that means penetrate you emotionally.

I haven't eaten a turkey since 1980, and I'm just fine. The best nutritional science tells us that humans have no need for animal protein. Really, it is okay to go against society's expectations, especially when those expectations require participation in a violent system. Non-violence begins with the fork.

"The Cruelest Holiday" (c) 2013 Michelle Waters

Monday, November 3, 2014

Vegan art calendar to benefit Hillside Animal Sanctuary!

Hello, and happy Fall! I'm really proud to be a contributing artist to the 2015 vegan art calendar sold to benefit Hillside Animal Sanctuary in England. This is a collaborative project involving 12 different artists from around the world, which was coordinated by artist Leigh Sanders of Spain. To purchase calendars, please visit the website. Below is my piece that I did for the calendar:

"May All Beings Be Free" - (c) 2014 Michelle Waters
acrylic on paper

Here is my statement about my piece:
"I was spurred to become a vegan animal liberation activist because of my connection with my companion animals. I realized that farmed animals have as much love, and as much an inherent right to live their lives unharmed as the animals I share my home with. I painted 'Free From Suffering' to show that when it comes to suffering, a dog is a chicken is a pig is a person. We all feel pain."

Monday, September 15, 2014

September - October art shows

I have work in 2 group shows right now. The first is "Pets, Beasts and Dinner: Relations Between Human and Animal Creatures" at Gallery Bergen in Paramus, New Jersey. I'm really happy that my more political work about animals is being seen. The more sets of eyeballs that are exposed to the reality of what non-human animals go through, the better. Below is the show flyer, and the three paintings I have in the show.

"Love One, Kill the Other" - (c) 2013 Michelle Waters

"Smarter Than Your Dog" - (c) 2013 Michelle Waters

"The Right to Arm Bears" - (c) 2005 Michelle Waters

The second group show I'm in is a frog-themed exhibit at Cactus Gallery in Los Angeles. This show will be up through September. Here's a link to all of the pieces in the show, and below is my piece (a toad, not a frog).

"Toadally Spellbound" - (c) 2013 Michelle Waters

Last but not least, I'm one of the featured artists at this year's Luna Park Chalk Art Fest in San Jose, CA, which is this coming Saturday, September 20th. This is a great annual event that raises money for art in the public schools. For more information, please visit

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Custom animal portraits to benefit Hen Harbor sanctuary

Hey - do you have an animal friend that you've always wanted a portrait of? I'm helping with a fundraiser to save Apples, one of the rescued hens at Hen Harbor, a 501(c )(3) non-profit animal sanctuary in the Santa Cruz mountains. For a $200 donation, I will paint an 8 x 10 portrait of your companion animal. And for a $100 donation, I'll paint a 5 x 7 mini-portrait of your animal.

Apples the hen was rescued from a battery-cage factory farm in June 2013. She is dying from an impacted oviduct, a condition that is a directly attributable to the factory-farming industry: Being bred to lay so many eggs in such a short amount of time destroys the oviducts of industry hens after only a few years.

 Here's more info:

 Here are some examples of my animal portraits:

Thank you!