“People have been giving me bird things my whole life,” says the girl named Raven, picking up a big plastic bird gifted to her from a past professor. Sitting in her bright-white studio at Redux, it’s hard not to constantly look around at all her art on the walls. Big, color-filled canvases show two of her most popular series—nests and girls holding flowers.
Coming from an artistic family, she studied art in college, but went on to work for Free People in Atlanta. It wasn’t until she and her now fiancé moved to Charleston in 2013 that she made the big decision to try her hand at pursuing art as a full-time career.
So how have the last two and a half years in Charleston as a full-time artist been for Raven? A little something like this:
She had her first show at a dentist’s office where a man noticed her work and asked her to be a part of the artist series for Folbot kayaks. In addition to her jaw-dropping kayak work, Raven started to translate her artwork into clothing with her scarves and some awesome upcoming projects.
Her work is fun, thoughtful, and feels like home, which is something Raven is passionate about. When asked about her style of work, Raven says, “My mom was big on me not being too trained, and you can kind of see that in my work. I’m very expressive in my marks.”
And she’s right. You believe her when she says that she wants her art to be obtainable.
When asked about her nests, Raven explains how they are all about the messiness and beauty of life and love—something we can all understand. And her girls holding flowers? She says simply, “I just love a strong, creative woman.”
And that’s good, because that’s exactly what Raven Roxanne is.
Words by: Virginia Kerr
Photographer: Corey Tenold