BLUE BELL, Pa. (WLVT) — This week, PBS39’s Culture Shock segment is featuring mural artist Laura Bray, who started a unique outdoor trend in Blue Bell.
Bray, who runs her own art business called Mural Dreams, says it took years for her to find her niche.
“I’ve tried so many things, like martial arts, writing and drawing,” Bray told PBS39. “My parents had a more pragmatic way to raise me. They wanted to be practical and choose a school that was good for my future. Art wasn’t really so cherished, but I rebelled.”
The Transylvania transplant settled in Pennsylvania a few years ago. She says her desire to create was like an itch that she just had to scratch.
“I painted my daughters bedroom as a rainforest and painted scenes from ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ in my den,” said Bray. “I look at my artwork as holistic, because it’s a delight for the mind, body and spirit. It transports you to a different place. My murals are sanctuaries for the heart.”
It wasn’t long before a family member asked her to paint a moonlit scene onto a unique area—a garage door.
“She gave me a picture of what she would like, so I took the picture and matched the colors to the house. I used a latex and acrylic paint combination, which are weatherproof,” Bray explained.
Word about Bray’s mural spread around the neighborhood. Cecelia Cable is one of a few residents with one of Bray’s garage murals.
“It’s zen-like! My mural is about nature. I see serenity in nature,” Cable told PBS39. “I saw…