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!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Summer shows

I have work in a couple of group shows right now. "Song of the Birds" is Cactus Gallery's annual bird-themed show, which is up now and runs through July 31st, 2014. For purchase information, please contact Sandra Mastroianni at Below are my pieces in the show:

"Sacred Heron" (c) 2014 Michelle Waters - 5 x 7

"Death and Rebirth" (c) 2012 Michelle Waters - 8 x 10

"Cardinal Sinners" (c) 2012 Michelle Waters - 10 x 10

I also have one of my animal liberation paintings from last year's solo show in "Disconnect", a group show sponsored by the Northern California Women's Caucus for Art at Transmission Gallery in Oakland. This show is up through July 19th. The piece the curators chose for the show is below. I'm really happy for the chance to have my more confrontational work shown, as most galleries shy away from activist subject matter.

"Terror" (c) 2013 Michelle Waters - 24 x 18

Friday, June 13, 2014

Extinction Saints series

It's been a few months since I've posted here, and I really have no excuse except for laziness. I've started a new series of small paintings of animals who are going extinct because of human greed. They will be small paintings (9 x 12 or 10 x 10) which suits me these days as I can complete paintings more quickly, and they are easier to ship than big pieces. The first two in the series are below:

"Killing the People of the Forest" - (c) 2014 Michelle Waters
The situation with palm oil cultivation in Sumatra, Borneo and Malaysia is more and more dire for the animals of the area who are losing habitat quickly. Orangutans, Sumatran tigers, rhinoceros and pygmy elephants are just a few species whose populations are crashing due to palm oil mania. Palm oil is ubiquitous and in everything from snack foods to laundry detergent and nutritional supplements. To understand more about the palm oil crisis, please visit

"One Every 15 Minutes" (c) 2014 Michelle Waters
African elephants will be extinct in the wild within 10 years if the global ivory trade is not shut down. The U.S. is the second largest market for ivory sales, after China. Ivory is for sale in Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. I've seen it myself. Today, 100 elephants will be killed by semi-automatic weapons, spears, traps and poisoning. Their tusks will be hacked off and sent to Chinese carving factories. A burgeoning Chinese upper class has fueled the slaughter in recent years. Many of the poachers have ties to terrorist organizations, and many, many wildlife rangers have also been killed defending elephants and rhinos. To find out what grassroots groups on the ground in Africa are doing to address the crisis, please visit Elephant Aware Masai Mara  and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, both in Kenya.

Satao, Kenya's biggest elephant, was killed by poachers in the last few days. Read more...

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A few new small pieces for the holidaze, and three big group shows!

I've been taking a little break after my solo show in October, but I do have three new small pieces in HARK! a big group show for the holidays at Kaleid Gallery in San Jose. The opening is Friday night, December 6th. I will be there, along with some of the other 60+ artists who have work in the show. The show continues through January 18th.

"Once, we were everywhere"  (c) 2013 Michelle Waters
9" x 12" - acrylic on wood.
Proceeds from the sale of this piece to go to the Center for Biological Diversity.

"Don't Say Goodbye" (c) 2013 Michelle Waters
4" x 6" - acrylic on wood.
Proceeds from the sale of this piece to go to Elephant Aware Masai Mara.

"Rhino Peace" (c) 2013 Michelle Waters
4" x 6" - acrylic on wood.
Proceeds from the sale of this piece to go to the David Sheldrick Foundation, Nairobi, Kenya.

I also have work in two other group shows for the holidays: "Tiny" at Studio Gallery in San Francisco (through December 24th), and "Tiny Treasures" at Cactus Gallery in Los Angeles (through January 31st). I've been showing at Studio Gallery for 6 years now, and at Cactus Gallery for 4 years. Both galleries are owned by great people who make the gallery experience stress-free and fun.

I'm extremely grateful for everyone who supports my art, and the art of other living artists, as well as the small mom and pop galleries who do what they do out of love for the creative spirit. It's not easy to keep an independent art gallery going in this economy, so please, support these folks who keep artists visible! Thanks so much for your support, and Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

"We Are All Animals" solo show at Kaleid Gallery in San Jose

I've finished hanging my solo show, "We Are All Animals", at Kaleid Gallery in San Jose. The opening is this Friday, October 4th at 7pm, and the show runs through October 26th. I will be donating all of my portion of sales to Animal Place, a Grass Valley sanctuary for abused survivors of our industrial food system. For purchase information, please contact Kaleid Gallery at 408.947.1785 or through their website.

I created 11 new paintings for this show, and also hung 3 older pieces. Below are the new pieces...

"The Activist's Heart" (C) Michelle Waters 2013 - 37" x 37"

"Going...Going...Gone" (C) Michelle Waters 2013 - 24" x 37"

"One Billion a Year" (C) Michelle Waters 2013 - 16" x 20"

"Terror" (C) Michelle Waters 2013 - 24" x 18"

"Love One, Kill the Other" (C) Michelle Waters 2013 - 18" x 24"

"Gallus neglectedus" (C) Michelle Waters 2013 - 10" x 10"

"The Cruelest Holiday" (C) Michelle Waters 2013 - 10" x 10"

"Not Like Sheep to the Slaughter" (C) Michelle Waters 2013 - 10" x 10"

"Goat Cheese is the New Veal" (C) Michelle Waters 2013 - 10" x 10"

"Someone's Stolen Child" (C) Michelle Waters 2013 - 10" x 10"

"Smarter Than Your Dog" (C) Michelle Waters 2013 - 10" x 10"

Monday, September 30, 2013

My painting, "What's for Dinner?" in Direct Art Magazine.

Just got my copies of Direct Art Magazine in the mail, with the piece below included, along with my statement about what we do to farmed animals. It's on page 33 if anyone is interested. Click here to read...
"What's For Dinner?" (C) Michelle Waters

Here's my statement about the painting, which appears in the magazine below it: “What’s For Dinner?” plays with the question of what would happen if animals could get back at humans for what we do to them. What if they raised humans for meat? What if animals took our babies away from us so they could use our breast milk for their own species?  It is part of a series of paintings where I use sardonic humor to explore what would happen if the tables were turned and animals had the power instead of us.

We slaughter approximately 10.2 billion land animals for food in the U.S. alone each year. These animals have lives and families that are important to them, yet most of us consume meat and animal products without thinking about who they are eating, and about the suffering that farmed animals endure.

With over 7 billion humans on the planet, the question of how to feed that many humans is a dire one. Most grain is fed to farmed animals while millions of people in third world countries starve, making animal agriculture incredibly inefficient for feeding our ever-growing human population. Not to mention the fact that animal agriculture is the biggest single contributor to global warming, per the United Nations.

"What’s For Dinner?” is my attempt to nudge the viewer to ponder the darker realities of how we get our food, realities which our society mostly sweeps under the rug.