Sarasota artist honors Betty White with unique lipstick painting to benefit Humane Society of Tampa Bay
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A Sarasota-based international artist works with the Humane Society of Tampa Bay auction a unique and one-of-a-kind painting created with lipstick, in honor of Betty White, to benefit the animals of the shelter.
Alexis Fraser, also known as “Lipstick Lex”, lost her aunt the same day Betty White died.
Fraser admired both women for their kindness and compassion for animals. When her aunt died, Fraser said she asked people to donate to their local animal shelters in her honor, instead of flowers or gifts.
Fraser decided to use her artwork to honor both women, as well as to give back.
She uses cruelty-free lipstick to create on her canvas, and this time she created a unique painting of a young Betty White.
“I started many years ago as a way to differentiate myself as an artist. But what I really love is that lipstick is, it’s a feminine product, so everything is about personal empowerment, self-expression, beauty and self-love,” Fraser said. “And kisses, because if you look closely at one of my pieces, I made kisses. So I don’t just paint with lipstick, I also put on lipstick and kiss my artwork too, so it’s literally made with love.
Through her lipstick and kisses, Fraser created the one-of-a-kind piece that will be auctioned off, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
Fraser said she created it as a tribute not only to the actress, but also to her aunt.
“I guess if she’s like any other red-blooded American, she probably loved Betty White too and I’m sure she would love that piece. She was also a collector of my artwork. And I think she would love it if this piece could bring good to the animals she cared about so much,” she said.
the auction is live now and will end on January 24 at noon. Bidding starts at $750.
As of 1 p.m. Monday, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay had already received more than $13,000 in donations from people honoring Betty White on her birthday.
“Betty White, she has dedicated her life to improving the lives of animals and I really hope that is something I can do for Betty, our dear Aunt Claudia and for the animals here at the Humane Society of Tampa. Bay Fraser said.