2019 - Year in Review

January 16, 2020

Raven Birds Jumping for Joy

As 2020 is officially under way, I wanted to reflect on all that happened in 2019! This felt like a big year for me and my work as it was full of some dreams finally coming to fruition and full of other exciting accomplishments. Below are my top ten highlights that made my year!


No. 1 - A Raven's Nest

A Raven's Nest - Flip through

I released my storybook, A Raven's Nest, in January! Growing up, I loved reading artful books, so this was an idea that I had always wanted to pursue.


No. 2 - Book Tour
A Raven's Nest x Serena & Lily

For the launch, Lil Bit Lit and I partnered with Serena & Lily on a book tour. At each Serena & Lily store I visited (Chicago, Newport Beach, Dallas, and Summit NJ), I shared a reading of my book and did a nest drawing workshop for kids. It was so fun seeing children connect with my book and artwork! 

Raven Reading Book


No. 3 - Open House TV Feature

Raven in her Home

Renovating our Charleston home was one of the biggest personal projects I have ever taken on. It was so fun to show all the details that make our house a home on this feature!

Interior Design by Plum Collective


No. 4 - Girls With Flowers Release

Girl With Flowers

A series that I continue to re-visit year after year. For 2019, I had a limited color palette in mind, which made exploring this subject more challenging. I think the end result was a success!

Raven with her Girls With Flowers


No. 5 - Anthropologie Collection

Raven's Anthropologie Collection

For years, I have admired Anthropologie and I was so grateful when this opportunity came along! We took some of my favorite paintings of birds for a tabletop collection. Seeing the finished products on their shelves was so surreal!

Raven in Anthropologie


No. 6 - Book Reading at Zoo Gallery

A Raven's Nest x Zoo Gallery

I got to read my book at my family's art gallery, The Zoo Gallery, on the Gulf Coast. I spent quality time with friends + family and got in some beach time!


No. 7 - Mountains: Birds + Daily Studies

Raven + Willie in the Mountains with Bird Paintings

During the month of August, I took a self-imposed artist residency in the mountains of North Carolina. Not only did I work on a series of Bird paintings, but I also challenged myself to a drawing a day. Each drawing was then a surprise to the purchaser and included a note about that day during my residency.

Daily Bird Studies

'Lost in the Light' Bird Painting

No. 8 - Love Birds
Love Birds in the Studio

This was a new series that I developed during 2019. These paintings were intended to bring delight into the home and was such a sweet series that I am currently working on round two to be released before Valentine's Day! 

Love Birds in the Studio


No. 9 - Nests
Nest Painting in the Home

Another series that means so much to me. For this series, in particular, I was inspired by my families old quilts. The quilts that have been apart of us way before me. The ones who have kept so many loved ones cozy.


No. 10 - Gregg Irby Event

Girls With Flowers x Gregg Irby

Last, but not least, I finished the year with a lovely event at one of my favorite galleries, Gregg Irby Gallery. They still have a few left here if you are interested.


Grateful for another year of life and to be able to do what I love! Thank you for your continued support, year after year. It means so much. Here's to 2020 and all the things to come!

only love.

Raven

Serena & Lily Book Tour

April 11, 2019

click to shop my storybook

Lil Bit Lit and I partnered with Serena & Lily to launch my storybook. I then got to do a cross country book tour to visit their stores!

I can't say enough about how special they made me feel. Each Serena & Lily store I visited (Chicago, Newport Beach, Dallas, and Summit NJ) went above and beyond for every event.                    
 
    
example of above and beyond: balloon arch in the colors of my book and beautiful spread

At each event, I shared a reading of my book and did a nest drawing workshop for children. I asked the children to think about how they feel and connect those feelings with their emotions. They then drew nests using those colors.       
 
              
At the beginning of the nest drawing workshop, I explained to the children that the eggs in their nests can represent each family member (for some, this included an egg for their bunny and an egg for their iPad lol).   
   
I'm doing one more reading for the season in Destin, Florida at my parent's store, The Zoo Gallery on Mother's Day!  
Saturday, May 11 at 11 am

Anthropologie x Raven Roxanne

March 06, 2019

I grew up admiring the Anthropologie store and loving the things they make. It was really exciting when Anthro reached out to make a tabletop collections using my artwork!

 

Working with Anthropologie feels like a stamp of approval, and I'm so grateful for the opportunity. Here's my collection with Anthro!

How and why I decided to make a storybook...

January 22, 2019

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I started painting my Nest Series about 5 years ago when I got engaged with Thomas.  For our wedding invitations, I wanted to create an image that represented home and our love. Our love that wasn’t perfect but was perfectly imperfect. The invitations never came to fruition because we eloped to Italy, but painting nests stayed with me through the years.

 

Looking back on five years of nests, something amazing happened I never expected, but made perfect sense.  Just as the nests were born out of a special meaning for me, the nests began to take on special meanings for my clients.  Early collectors of my Nest Series loved how the nest represented their family. Some found each egg in their nest represented a loved one. Clients began sending me artwork from their children, inspired by the Nest Series.  These messages meant so much to me. The idea of my paintings inspiring children to make art – is there a better gift?

 

Seeing these messages from parents made me think … could I tell the story of painting nests for children? Could I write and illustrate a children’s book?   A book that would connect color to emotions and teach children that they can create a safe space using colors. I sat on this idea for a couple years until I was at a holiday party with a friend, Molly Fienning. She asked what I was excited about this coming year.  I told her about my children’s book idea and her support put new life in this project.  She connected with her editor friend, Jenny DiBenedetto. But the idea was too big for one book and we created Lil Bit Lit (lil bit lit-erary), an art-forward publishing house for children’s books.  I’ve settled nicely into my role of Art Director and I’m so excited to share this project and platform with you all and the world.

 

Writing and Illustrating a book had its ups and downs.  It might have been the hardest thing I have ever had to do.   The struggle to marry words to my images and ideas felt impossible at times.  The journey was personal. The book feels vulnerable. I have always struggled with words and working on this book really brought to surface these insecurities.

 

In the coming weeks the book officially launches.  My hope is that this story makes people feel things and empowers them to connect with those feelings.  You can order the book now. All orders should be on their way to their new homes - your nests - in early February.

 

Thank you so much to everyone who supported this dream.  I couldn’t have done it without you.

VIE Magazine + Raven Roxanne

September 24, 2018

VIE Magazine is the local magazine I grew up with in my hometown of Destin, Florida. I always admired their professional and beautiful publication, and I'm so honored to be featured in their Arts & Culture Issue! You can read the full article here.

 

  

Portola // a painter's dream paint

July 29, 2018

If you follow me on social media then you know I have been working on the renovation of our Charleston home for the last year.  It was built in 1875 so (as you can imagine) there are many layers to the renovation process, and we have a lot left to do. I can't wait to share more photos of the home once it feels complete, but I've had so many friends ask about the wall colors I've chosen, so I had to share a few! 

As a painter, I clearly have a thing for paint. When it came time to pick wall colors for my home, I knew I had to find the perfect kind.  My interior designer Melissa Sutton of Plum Collective told me about a brand called Portola and I was instantly hooked. Portola founders Jamie and Casey Davis are brothers and their parents are artist.  This may explain why they share my love for beautiful colors and paints that add depth to any surface.  Portola's paints are also environmental friendly which is amazing!! Thomas and I used their Lime Wash in our living room, kitchen and master bedroom.  Lime Wash paint is used by applying layer after layer which achieves a unique depth that you can't get with regular ole wall paint. The layers remind me of my own painting process. Finding brands you love and feel excited to support make the renovation experience that much better!

(While I'm on the topic of things I love-- above I'm wearing Elizabeth Suzanne)

Portola Lime Wash with my "I See You" print 18 x18

what I've learned along the way

July 05, 2018

I get a lot of e-mails and messages from students and artists who are looking for advice. I love when they reach out, and I wish I could take the time to meet and connect with each person. However, since the studio gets busy and I'm not always able to find the time to respond to each and every person, I figured I'd create a blog post with answers to the most frequently asked questions. I hope this is helpful!

What advice do you have for finding your creative style?

Paint what you know. If you're a flowery happy person-- paint flowers and let your happiness come through. Connect with who you are as a person and let that translate through your art. You'll find your voice quicker that way; rather than imitating other people (although that's great practice!) Don't be afraid to explore. Make bad art, and let yourself find what feels like the truest version of you. 

How much of your time is spent on the business side of things vs painting?

When I was first starting out, I would dedicate one full day a week to business. I then moved into starting every morning responding to emails followed by painting the rest of the day. My advice would be to think about what you're good at and when you're good at it, and structure your time that way. 

What is your best advice in terms of generating a social media presence?

Since social media is always changing, it's hard to give concrete advice on this topic. I think most importantly it's best to gain your following organically. I feel so lucky to have a following that has been right there with me along the way. The people who follow my work and support me are like a little extended family. When I post new work or something personal, I know I'm in a safe space. Secondly, I would say don't be afraid to reach out to bloggers/influencers/other artists you admire. Working with others who have a similar audience as you will help build your following.

What inspires you?

I'm constantly inspired by avant-garde fashion and textiles. I also love interior spaces, retail shops, and decaying buildings. Oh, and flowers, but most importantly my pup. 

What advice would you give to someone just starting out as an artist?

Find a supportive community. Ask a lot of questions. Don't ignore business advice.

What are supply can't you live without?

A glass palette and a spray bottle with water. 

What are helpful programs / tools you use to run your business?

Here's the nitty gritty business stuff.

E-commerce Site: Shopify

Web Development: Scoutside The owner is really hot! (lol he's my husband)

Email Service: Mailchimp

Shipping Software: Shippo 

Shipping: UPS (I recommend finding a UPS owner who you LOVE and will take care of you. I couldn't do what I do without our local UPS. Shoutout to Jonathan!)

Photos: Photos that aren't take by a professional photographer are taken with my iphone or my digital camera. I use a Fujifilm X-T10.

Art Supplies: I get almost all of my supplies from our local Artist & Craftsman. I use Birch Wood Panels to paint on.

 

Cumberland Island Birds

June 01, 2018

I recently spent some time on Cumberland Island off Georgia’s southeast coast. Cumberland Island is a little island, approximately 18 miles long. It has some of the most magical undeveloped beaches on the East Coast, where the horses roam freely and the birds float contentedly on the water.

While on Cumberland, I started painting birds on watercolor paper. I've been working on my bird series in the studio which up until now have all been larger works on canvas-- so this is a fun, new part of the series!

 

I'll be releasing 10 birds on paper as part of my next release. These are so special to me because they remind me of my time on Cumberland. I hope when you look at them they bring you the calm, peaceful, happy feelings I felt on the Island.

  

The Bird Series

April 18, 2018

My Bird Series is one of my favorites yet! The movement and spirit of birds is so fun to capture. I love using strokes of color to make it feel like the birds are dancing on the canvas. 

I released the Bird Series for the first time in March and they sold out in 4 minutes! The response was incredible, so I decided to immediately get to work on the next release of birds. The new birdies will be available on my site Thursday, May 3rd at 10am est. 

   

This release will include large works framed in natural maplewood floater frames along with unframed works on paper!!

The most incredible part of this series is learning what the birds represent to people. We've had so many sweet clients reach out with touching stories about the family members they see in each bird and the symbol of birds in their lives. It's so touching to think that these birdies find homes where they have such special meaning. 

Willie and I can't wait to share the new release of birds with you on May 3rd! If you don't want to miss the release, you can add a calendar reminder here. You can also follow along and find sneak peeks of the birdies through my Instagram

West Elm Experience Press

April 02, 2018

I'm blown away by the response to the launch of West Elm Experiences! It's received lots of fun press which is so encouraging and exciting! 

  

It's neat to see each publications' perspective of the experience. West Elm is so supportive of local artisans, and I'm happy to see that they are being recognized for it. 

   

Also, I was lucky enough to speak to USA Today about West Elm's new launch and so thrilled that they even used one of my photos in the story. 

  

Want to read the articles?

Vogue

CondeNast Traveler

Architectural Digest

USA Today

Forbes