Michelle Waters was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, into an artistic, progressive family. Her grandparents were social justice activists and artists who greatly influenced her art and life. She has been making art since she was a small child, and holds a B.A. in Studio Art from University of California, Santa Cruz.

Her art expresses concern for the loss of the natural world and human exploitation of animals, and is influenced by her environmental and animal activism and volunteer work in wildlife rehabilitation and cat rescue. She donates a percentage of proceeds from wildlife art sales to Save L.A. Cougars (National Wildlife Federation) and the Center for Biological Diversity.

Michelle is represented by Cactus Gallery in Los Angeles, and has recently shown at Studio Gallery in San Francisco, TAG Gallery in Los Angeles, Gallery Route One in Point Reyes Station, California, and Gristle Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. She is also a member of Hinge Artist Collective and the Art of Compassion Project, both international artist collectives, and Women’s Eco-Art Dialog (WEAD). 

She lives and paints in the redwood forest in Northern California with her husband and rescued cats, and their neighbors the deer, owls, coyotes, bobcats, squirrels, woodpeckers, hawks, jays, lizards, frogs, opossums, skunks, raccoons, foxes, mountain lions and other creatures.

Support for Conservation: 

I'm currently doing a print fundraiser for the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing, which is being built over the 101 freeway near Los Angeles, and which, when completed, will be the world's largest wildlife crossing. For the past 13 years I've donated a portion of the proceeds from my art sales to the Center for Biological Diversity, an organization that uses science and the law to defend all species that are near extinction, as well as their habitats. 



Special Achievements: 

Represented by Cactus Gallery, Los Angeles, since 2010.

Work in dozens of private collections, and the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. 

Work exhibited in 14 solo exhibits and over 200 group exhibits since the late 1980s.