Raven is a Portland native who received a merit scholarship to The School of The Art Institute of Chicago while still only a junior in high school. Life's journeys led her back to Portland and in 2001 she graduated from PSU with a BA with Honors in Painting, Drawing & Printmaking. While at PSU Raven was recognized with several Art Department Scholarships, a National Laurels Scholarship and was selected for the Annual Juried Student Show by The Littman Gallery where she received a “Critics Pick” in both The Willamette Week and Oregonian Newspapers. Raven was an active member of Deptford Artists Network and Creekside Studios while living in London, England for five years and participated in several Open Studio and Group Shows while there. Now, back in Portland, she is a full time Montessori Elementary Teacher and mother. Creating art has always been an important part of her life and she is honored to have this opportunity to share her latest body of work with you.
The images I created for this body of work were inspired by negative spaces I observed in nature during the snow storms last winter here in Portland. Specifically the snow covered bare branches on bushes and trees and the spaces created within the structure of the plants. The theme of Spaces In-Between carried over to thoughts on breath, time, notes in music, ocean waves and stars in the night sky. All of the empty spaces in-between something tangible influenced my creative process to produce this body of work.