Artist hopes sealskin Ellen portrait sparks discussion

A portrait of Ellen DeGeneres made out of sealskin by Corner Brook, N.L., artist Rodney Mercer....

A portrait of Ellen DeGeneres made out of sealskin by Corner Brook, N.L., artist Rodney Mercer. Mercer created the piece to encourage truthful discussion about the seal hunt. RODNEY MERCER/SUBMITTED/QMI AGENCY

Nicole Riva, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:47 PM ET

A Newfoundland artist has created a portrait of Ellen DeGeneres out of sealskin and hopes to initiate a truthful discussion about the seal hunt.

DeGeneres, a vegan, recently gave $1.5 million to the Humane Society of the United States from money raised through retweets of a group selfie at the Oscars. The humane society has been outspoken against the seal hunt, stating Canadians club "baby seals" to death.

With the humane society in the news again, artist Rodney Mercer says he thought to himself, "Here we go again," another celebrity speaking out against the seal hunt.

"I could type something and post it online, but it would just disappear," he told QMI Agency from his Corner Brook, N.L., studio.

Instead, Mercer says he used his art to start the discussion.


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