"Being an artist isn’t just a “right brain” activity---you must use ALL of your brain, body and spirit to create. When the creation is done, the whole is much more than the sum of its parts… and so is the creator." - Lyrae Perry

Art and Story

Art and story are the same thing.  They may seem to be different, but our brains are always busy filtering input and interpreting everything.


As part of their creative process, actors create back stories for their characters.  For many of the same reasons, I build a back story to each of my paintings.   I then have the joyful task of figuring out how I’m going to tell that story. The story is the underlying architecture that helps direct my choices in terms of what I include in a painting.  I have complete freedom to choose everything that I think will reinforce the story from size, to media, colors, etc.  I want the viewer to be able to go to a deeper level  when they look at the work. It may be only to see the story I’m trying to tell, or it may touch them in an emotional way.

"Ghosts in the Trees" copyright by Lyrae Perry 2015

“Ghosts in the Trees” copyright by Lyrae Perry 2015


This is a birthday card I created for a friend.  I painted her trees from the worm’s-eye view and included a black silhouetted corvid flying out of the tree.  The patterns in the tree branches with the tufts of moss is interesting, and inspired my back story.  I carefully manipulated the patterns and that helped add some mystery to the piece.

The title  is “Ghosts in the Trees”.  How many can you spot?

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