Have you ever seen something so special that you rushed to share it with others? Have you ever been so inspired by someone that you wanted to introduce him or her to the world? I’m in that moment. This is that time. I have something to show you. I have someone I want you to meet. I stumbled upon a creative genius, a brilliant artist that has captivated my imagination, a vegetarian since childhood, a selfless and humble vegan and animal rights advocate, and a loving mother of two. That someone is Sarah Kiser. That something is her art.One of millions of unsung stars for the cause of compassion for every inhabitant on earth, Sarah dedicates her life to raising awareness about the plight of animals exploited, confined, abused, and killed by people. Inspired by Matisse, Chagall, and Van Gogh, Sarah paints stories that change the mind and images that remind and she teaches people to be kind.
Sarah compiled a series of videos to promote kindness that mesh words, music, and her paintings. Her incomparable masterpiece We Don’t Need To Eat Animal Products is a riveting and unforgettable mosaic of mercy for our four-legged friends. It’s jaw-dropping in its creativity and effectiveness. Her video Peace Begins With You sends a powerful message of personal responsibility and the power of every individual to positively impact the world.
Growing up in New York and Washington, D.C., I spent time in art museums. I didn’t appreciate art as a child but I grew to see the genius and influence of art as a young adult and I’m so glad I did. An appreciation of art offers endless opportunities for the imagination.
When I attended an art show many years ago, I asked an artist about one of her paintings. “What does it mean?” I asked. “Whatever you want it to mean” she replied. I never forgot that lesson. That is the beauty of art. With that advice, I offer my interpretation of my favorite Sarah Kiser paintings.This elephant’s eyes are resigned. She seems to be carrying the weight of what all of the other elephants have endured on her mind. She is a survivor. Elephants have good memories and I believe she is thinking about when people stole one of her babies to perform in the circus — the baby elephant in the circle. This is a brilliant painting and I am so touched by it. This woman is so beautiful. Look at her hair. The length of her body tells me she is filled with compassion — a regular sized body was not long enough for her. Notice the way she cradles the rabbits. It symbolizes the comfort they deserve. The flowers facing every direction remind me that life is not always peaceful for these beautiful animals. They dream of upright flowers. The lone rabbit to her left is searching for love from her mother and today she will find it. The colors in this painting take my breath away. The first time I saw Madeline, I was mesmerized. The butterfly on her eye tells me that she sees the world through the butterfly’s eyes. She is disappointed with humanity. I can see that in her eyes which is why she has chosen to see a different perspective. Look at her nose. It leans to the butterfly. She understands the butterfly. She does not understand people. Her left eye is discerning; her right eye is determined. She is going to make a difference. This painting is adorable. Sarah’s paintings are so gentle and warm. The mother hen looks so content and filled with gratitude.
The beautiful hen joins “peace love vegan.” The dandelion “P” makes me smile.
I have a t-shirt with this quote on it because it makes so much sense. Look at this cow. The colors on her represent every purpose in her life — to love her family, to run in open fields, to enjoy her food, to bond with others, and so much more. I see every color and every pattern and I am reminded of the value of her life. She is rich in potential and so beautiful and worthy. Her ears are adorable. It looks like she is listening.This will hang in my kitchen. A more perfect expression of our feelings has never been uttered. Every image is so identifiable and uplifting.
Sarah gives me great hope and should inspire all of us to believe in a more humane world. Her art is riveting and important. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Andrew Kirschner is a volunteer grassroots animal rights advocate and the organizer of the 2013 Florida March Against Cruelty to Animals. He writes for Kirschner’s Korner to help raise awareness about issues affecting the global community to make the world a more humane place. To receive new articles via email, enter your email in the “Follow Blog Via Email” link at the top right of the blog.