I am a vegan artist and environmentalist using art as a form of activism to create awareness and spread compassion.
I am vegan because I want to live my life in a way that causes the least harm to the planet and the other animals we live here with. I want to stand up for the animals who are bred in to industries who treat them as products and entertainment. I want to live with compassion and kindness at my core.
How it all began
I have always loved to paint and draw, coming from a creative family of artists and musicians. I didn't always know what to paint about and often gravitated towards human portraits. However, In 2015, I became a vegan and the subject of my art started to change. After initially becoming vegan for health reasons (having previously been vegetarian for a few years), I researched the dairy and egg industry along with many other industries exploiting animals and the planet and I was horrified. Over the following two years I became extremely passionate about animal rights, the planet and mental health and wellbeing. Painting became my way of communicating how I felt about issues that were close to my heart and, in 2017, Rekindle By Lisa was born (back then it was called Rekindle Clothing)
Rekindle By Lisa has been my way of advocating veganism and eco friendly living. I decided early on that it was fundamental that my work have as little impact on the planet as possible and I began upcycling used items, such as jackets and jeans, in to pieces of activist art. Through my work, I have raised awareness, raised money for charities and vegan sanctuaries and planted trees.
Whats in store for 2021?
In 2020, during lock down, I began painting large canvases as a therapeutic emotional outlet for my thoughts and feelings. It was important to me that all of the art materials I sourced were vegan friendly. I wanted to use my art to encourage people to speak about mental health and realise it is part of being human and needs to be discussed openly without fear or judgement. I began by painting pieces of art on mental health and I have many plans to extend my range of wellbeing artwork in the near future.
Get to know the artist
As an introvert, I have a rich inner world, full of creativity and inspiration. I live a simple life and consider myself to be a minimalist. Painting makes me happy and I cannot believe I get to do it every day for a living! I paint at home in my flat that I share with my wonderful husband and my two cheeky little rescue rabbits, Bonnie and Belle, who are often running from room to room making mischief!
In my down time, I practice yoga, qi gong and meditation. All of which are incredibly important to me and my wellbeing. I love to burn my favourite essential oil and journey inside my mind to find serenity. I am a passionate cook! I love experimenting and making up my own vegan recipes! I adore nature and often wonder in local woodlands or along the beach where I live, sometimes just standing right on the edge of the beach, looking out at the expanse of blue and feeling so much admiration for this absolutely unbelievable planet!
Thank you so much for reading
Raising money for charities & sanctuaries
Every piece sold from my Live Gently collection, plants a tree or helps to restore the coral reef.
10% of every print sold, goes to an animal rights charity or vegan sanctuary.
You can view all charity pieces here.
I regularly create artwork for charity
Some of the charities and sanctuaries I have supported with my work include:
Animal Aid, Viva!, Surfers Against Sewage, Animal Free Research UK, Hugletts Wood Animal Sanctuary, Friend Farm Animal Sanctuary, The Retreat Animal Sanctuary, Born Free, Save The Elephants, Tower Hill Stables Sanctuary, The Surf and Turf Sanctuary, Sea Shepherd and many more!
Why Upcycling and recycling?
We live in a time of over consumerism. So many new products are constantly being produced and people are buying new items with little thought about the environmental impact of their purchases. As a minimalist and environmentalist, It is incredibly important to me that my artwork has as little impact on our beautiful planet as possible and, therefore, I adore finding pre loved materials to upcycle in to art work. I use postal packaging that has come through my letter box, I find off cuts of hardboard and wood and I use pre loved clothing- all as canvases for my art. When it comes to prints, I use recycled or FSC certified papers to ensure that I live as gently on the Earth as possible.