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In the Mist

by Lisa Cyr

In the Mist
19.5″ x 8″ x 1.75”
mixed media on cradled masonite panel (sides are painted)

Ready to Hang (no framing needed)


In the early morning fog, a mystical maiden arises from the elder trees and presents herself. Her gnarly, twisted branches magically transform into free-flowing forms, creating a gestural arabesque that illuminates the spirit of the natural world. Water, earth, sky and fire are each represented in the branches that emanate from the guardian-like being’s crown. In the elder tree spirit, the flowers are abundant on the branches above while the root system runs deep, spreading outwardly to encompass the world below.

The gatekeeper, with a feminine spiritual essence and mystique, wears a magical headpiece, boasting a fire opal surrounded by a series of golden rings. Illuminating like a radiant flame, the center stone symbolizes clairaudience: the ability to hear things from beyond. The circles that encompass the gem symbolize the infinite cycle of life, where there is no beginning and no end. On the chest plate of the mystical gatekeeper is a keyhole: a magical gateway to the imagination. When one comes in contact with the elder spirit, she conjures the powers of the elements to offer abundant creativity: the ability to transform the ordinary to the extraordinary.


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The visually-compelling, imaginative works of artist and author Lisa L. Cyr use symbolism, metaphor and allegory to stimulate curiosity, provoke thought and encourage further inspection. A poetic, rhythmic synthesis of drawing, painting, collage and assemblage, Cyr's visually tactile, mixed-media works are composed to collectively create a new reality with a more expressive and symbolic arrangement, transforming the ordinary to the extraordinary.

In Cyr’s world of the fantastic, the viewer is shown a portal into a highly imaginative, mystical realm where supernatural beings, winged guardians and underworld deities coalesce in magical, multilayered environments and dreamscapes. Within the artist’s personal narration, visual tales of quests to worlds unknown evoke transcendental experiences for those who are willing to enter into the pictorial drama. Through the multilayered narrative, we journey to a world beyond, where the awakened subconscious leaves the viewer spellbound and wanting more.

A graduate from The Massachusetts College of Art (BFA) and Syracuse University (MA), Cyr's artistic oeuvre has been exhibited in museums and galleries, including traveling shows with the Society of Illustrators of New York and Los Angeles. Her work has been featured in magazines, books and online, including numerous features in Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Infected by Art, AcrylicWorks: The Best in Acrylic Painting and Incite: The Best in Mixed Media. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of American Illustration in New York City as well as in private collections.