DescriptionThis painting is part of a series called 'Animals in our World' that is based on animal rights. 'Merlin' is a real goat that was found wandering the streets of Los Angeles. He was eventualy taken in by a fantastic group by the name of 'Animal Acres' in Acton, Ca. Merlin had suffered some agonizing abuse, his tongue had been severed at the root in what looked like an effort to cut it off, and now hangs limp out of the side of his mouth. One of his horns juts out in a jagged end as a result of a failed attempt at severing it. Merlin no longer allows humans to touch or groom him and his hair lays in massive clumps around his body. But he does now tolerate being around the caretakers and visitors. Maybe Merlin will re-connect one day.In this painting I have inserted an excerpt along the red banner, from the Beatle's song 'Blackbird'; which is a poignant song about hope in the face of negative circumstance. Animal abuse of domesticated creatures is a reality and the legal system does little to nothing to protect them. The criminals who inflict these abuses are barely penalized, if at all. Animals raised and used for meat or other bodily products also receive less legal protection than any other animals in the country. They are, therefore, subject to some of the most horrific neglect and abuses that this country sees on a second to second basis. It is my hope, with this and other paintings in my animal rights series, to try and open eyes to the incredibly dynamic and intelligent nature of animals. It is why I no longer fund corporations that do not humanely treat their animals. Unfortunately, that is a long list, but hopefully, eventually, with enough people supporting it, money will do the talking. It always does
Michele Vavonese, Long Beach Member Since September 2008 Artist Statement Michele Vavonese is a professional artist and art educator who was born in Syracuse, New York. She currently lives and operates her art based business called the Michele Vavonese Studio in Long Beach, CA. Here she creates originals, portraits and commissioned art works for sale to public and private clientele.
She has shown and coordinated exhibits across the country in places such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. She's gained international recognition through various juried online art shows and competitions along with being a published artist and designer who has various pieces in private and public collections.
Michele has been teaching art to students at all levels and backgrounds, ages four to seventy-four for over 15 years.
In 1994 Michele received an M.F.A., graduating Magna Cum Laude from Rochester Institute of Technology and previously in 1992, with a B.F.A. with honors from State University of New York at Oswego.
Other professional honors include: receiving the 2006 Citizen Community Leadership Award from Long Beach's Eighth District Council Member Rae Gabelich, Site Advisory Board Member of Jamuse.com and member of the Alumni Board of Directors; California Division for Rochester Institute of Technology (1995 ~ present).
Michele currently resides in Long Beach with husband and daughter.
***Animal Lovers*** Interested in joining a web ring that will gather artists (of all genres, writers, visual, musical etc.) together who have a passion to support animal rights causes and/or a desire to help animals through their art? Then go to my site and check out 'Artists for Animals' and join today. I look forward to seeing you!