Coming from a musically-inclined family, Lyra Brenyl or Lye took a path in life peppered with different to odd tastes and choices.
At a young age, she easily fell in love with animals, from fish to turtles, then later on dogs, cats, and reptiles such as pythons and iguanas.
She also laid her hands on writing, educating kids about wildlife, and playing dark music as a hobby.
Brenyl then started using oil pastels and palette knife painting.
One day, out of curiosity, she decided to do something “fresh” and use the skin shed by reptiles to bring a different texture to her art. She calls her works as "shed paintings."
Some consider her work as a wildlife piece, but to her, “it’s an activism piece showing that we do not need to kill a reptile for its skin just for human vanity, but rather, we could use their ‘shedding’ to create something beautiful, for people to understand that we coexist and that animals play an important role in our ecosystem. “
She adds: “The same goes for cats, dogs rabbits. All animals are beautiful in their own skin.”
Brenyl stresses that “Greed is never good. People should learn the art of sustainability, instead of killing animals and destroying nature.”
Brenyl, who studied philosophy in the Philippine Christian University, is one of the artists who displayed their art pieces at SM Megamall's Art for Everyone from Aug. 24-Sept. 4.
She now has three pieces left from her unique and rare collection of “shed paintings,” and decided to donate part of the sale of her artwork to “help a bunch of cute rescues from Save Animals of Love and Light.”
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