Vegetarians International Voice for Animals

Nicola McLean

How to raise money for Viva!

Buy paintings direct from or via Nicola’s Etsy shops and she will donate 20% of the sale direct to VIVA!. Please email Nicola when you buy from her online sites on to let her know you want a donation to go to Viva!.

She can also be commissioned to paint pets.

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About Nicola

Nicola is a secretary by day & an artist by night. Although she studied art at school, she is mostly self taught. She created a blog ( a few years ago when she rediscovered her passion for art (with the motto that it’s never too late to be what you might have been) and it got its name due to her favourite artistic technique of pointillism (millions of tiny dots) which she uses for her work whether in Indian Ink, watercolour or acrylic paints.

Her passion in life, apart from art, is animals. Like most people she had always loved animals in the abstract but it was after her two dogs came into my life almost three years ago that her passion for animals went from an abstract idea to a core part of who she is. Her love for her own dogs evolved into an interest & concern for all animals which led to her becoming first vegetarian & then vegan. She is inspired and moved by the depth & soul in the eyes of an animal & is equally in thrall with the natural beauty of this planet we inhabit. She especially loves how nature can take something manmade & ugly & sprinkle a little magic on it, such as the glittery, blurry wonder of street lights and car headlights seen through a rain streaked window.

She works on commission for portraits of companion animals and is also currently working on a series of paintings with the working title ‘Windows to the Soul’ based on the animals whose expressions convey so much to those who want to listen, as well as a series called ‘Nature’s Magic’ based on the rain streaked windows which she believes soften the view of the hardness of a manmade world.

Why Nicola is supporting Viva!'s Art for Animals

“I became vegetarian after realising it was hypocritical to be so concerned about some animals while still eating others. A few months later I was looking for information online about cruelty-free products when I stumbled upon Viva!’s website, among others, and learnt the things that the big meat and dairy corporations don’t want the public to know or acknowledge. After a few days of information overload, I had sickened myself with the truth about dairy, eggs, wool and leather and became vegan. How could I not? Once you know something you can't un-know it just because it might make your life a little bit more complicated. I feel so much happier knowing that I am living my life (to the best of my ability in a world where animal by-products are used in pretty much everything as a matter of course) without contributing to the suffering of any other creature.

“I am I suppose what would be called an armchair activist. I sign a million petitions and email my MP and companies as much as I can to raise awareness and objections to any number of animal abuses and campaign for a better life for all the planet’s creatures. However, I would love to be able to do more and, as animals inspire so much of my art work, to be able to contribute in some small way by doing something that I love, to ensure that VIVA! can keep on campaigning, would be fantastic.”


1. Tell Nicola your Viva! membership number; email her
2. Let us know the receipt number, date and total amount of purchase; email
3. Viva! will then receive 20 per cent of the sale price from Nicola