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Twyla Francois art
Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur / Unbound Project

About Me

Originally from a small, rural community, I connected with animals from an early age. I currently work as an Animal Research Investigator with Animal Alliance of Canada. I previously worked as Head of Investigations (Canada) for international organization Animals' Angels, and Canadian-based organizations, Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Farmed Animals, the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition, and Mercy For Animals Canada. Over the years, investigations I've been involved in have led to the closure of facilities, animal cruelty charges and convictions, and rescues of abused and neglected farmed animals.

While my investigative footage received some exposure in the media, I realized that the very people who would empathize with the animals' suffering and take action were often turning away from the graphic evidence before absorbing the message. I wondered if art, with its ability to be softer but equally as effective, could be a way to reach this audience. I tentatively began releasing my paintings in 2015 and the response has been heartening.

All of my work—investigative and artistic—seeks to challenge our basic beliefs about animals and foster a sense of justice for all sentient beings.

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Member of the Art of Compassion Project

A portion of all proceeds donated to animal rescue and advocacy organizations.

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