• CHISL Magazine

ALYSSA PARRY

Hi, I'm Alyssa, and I love being an artist. I have studied various mediums of art under

the tutelage of Donna O. Kearney, Kathryn Torman, and Sean Kearney for the past 10+

years. I enjoy human things like walking and breathing. I like to paint and use bright

colors and large shapes to release all of my emotions. I am a cosmetologist, social

media marketer, pre-nursing student, and piano teacher—but my number one in life will

always be my cute husband, Dylan, and my sweet baby girl, Violet Rain.


"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul," and I felt that

from a very young age. My love for painting was solidified because of my times with my

Aunt Donna, grandma and cousin, Sean. Donna and Sean passed away within 2

months of each other in 2018. I spent almost every weekend during my senior year of

high school in their art studio, creating anything and everything.


They lit this fire in me that I can't explain. Donna and Sean's literal existence on this

earth made my earthly experience magical. When I lost them, I felt that magic die in me.

I stopped painting for about a year—I couldn't bring myself to paint without them.


But something happened one day in 2019, almost a year later. I spotted my paints in the

closet and decided it was time. It was a revival—a new beginning and a new era of my

artwork. I have never painted so vibrantly or emotionally, but it felt SO good. That

experience is what sparked my idea for my collection of paintings called "Growth."


Part of growth is falling apart. Expectations fall apart. Confidence might fall apart.

Sometimes we have to be stripped down to know it's time to grow. My goal as an artist

is to make Donna and Sean proud. I draw my inspiration from their words and guidance,

and the nature around me. I am in constant awe of the vivid colors the earth brings up.

Art, to me, is a celebration of the Lord's creations. I believe our desire to create is

because we are "spirit [children] of the most creative Being in the universe."


I hope that through my art, people can see that there is joy in growth. Sometimes

deconstructed, sometimes "put together," each phase of growth is beautiful. Just like a

collection has individual pieces that work together— each of us bears our own burdens,

but we are united in working towards meeting our Maker.

All my love,

Alyssa


Instagram: @lysspaints

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