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A child of two artists, Lyra has worked in so many different mediums. Lyra began painting with her fingers and made butterfly paintings as a young child at home. She also began writing poetry and one of her first poems, published in the United Nations Children's Poetry Competition conducted in California in 1994, was 'Speak It Out'. She started competing in art and poetry contests in middle school. At the age of 14 she won first place for a mixed media piece consisting of planets and creation. The next year she took a different approach and continued painting and writing poetry through out high school and beyond. During the last two years of high school she painted her first mural at the local recycling center on Mercer Island, WA. Her poetry was published in the school publication as well as by the National Library of Poetry in 1993 and 1996. She also attended classes at two high schools her senior year, getting a jump start on her interest in architectural design.
After graduating from Mercer Island High School in 1996, she moved clear across the country to attend Pratt Institute of Art and Architecture. Her college experience was cut short as she discovered other opportunities on the island of Maui, HI. During the following year she moved in with her father and began exploring business management. In 1999 she opened and operated a bakery with her partner, and soon to be husband. During the life of The Grateful Bread Company she learned all of the techniques of making artisan bread and pastries from her ex-husband, Bryan 'JP' Harroun.
Due to a near fatal car accident in which she suffered much physical damage, while delivering bread in October of 2000, the bakery had to close due to lack of staff and finances. She took a very long break from any artistic pursuit to allow for healing and rehabilitation. During this time she gave birth to her son, Quinn. Shortly after the birth of their son, she and JP chose to move to Vermont where a job was waiting for her husband. Shortly after their arrival, JP lost his job.
Lyra spent the next six years being a mother, studying Reiki, working as a legal assistant, volunteer librarian, and volunteer at the local TV station as an assistant; while helping her husband deal with many mental and physical disabilities. She also learned how to make websites and developed Earth College, a web based network of education and information sharing for people to interactively learn about ways to support sustainability for our planet. She also gave birth to their daughter, Kaya, in Vermont.
Everything was going well and they were beginning to make progress, when they decided that it was time to move to a warmer climate. Having had connections in California, they decided that they should travel across country and move to North California. They spent a whole month driving across the country to move to Mendocino County. They saw many different places and land marks. They watched the fireworks over the Washington Memorial on the Fourth of July. It was quite a spectacle.
When they arrived at our destination adjusting was difficult. After six months, due to irreconcilable differences, Lyra and JP split up and Lyra made some unfortunate decisions. Lyra found herself homeless and without her children, and for the past year and three months she has had much time to reflect and re-discover much of her artistic talent.
What is shown in the galleries here is a result of her discoveries and a means to her salvation and self-expression.
We hope that you enjoy her art as much as she enjoys making it.