Q & A with Artist Raven Roxanne Wilson

Raven Roxanne Wilson has new, gorgeous paintings available from her "Girls With Flowers" series. They'll be up this morning, here, at 9:30 EST. Above is one of them, and while it's very hard for me to choose a favorite, I think it's the one.  I can't take my eyes away from the flowers -- the colors are amazing.

Besides the news of these newest Raven Roxanne Wilson paintings, I'm happy to get share Raven's Q & A with you today.


How/why did you first begin creating art?

I began making art as a young girl.  My mom is a talented artist and my parents own an American Craft gallery called The Zoo Gallery.  I remember playing in my mom's studio at a very young age.  My mom has always said I have a natural sense for colors.

What influences your work most?

The people around me.  I have a wonderful group of creative women that I am lucky enough to call friends.  They are a constant source of inspiration! I also pull inspiration from traveling, fashion, yoga, and nature. 

 photo via looklingerlove

How has social media affected the world of art and beyond that, you specifically?

It has done wonderful things for artists and anyone with a creative eye.  Growing up around so many artists I see how challenging it is to get the word out about who you are and what you are about.  Instagram is the perfect medium for that.  I love seeing into people's lives that inspire me!  I owe most of my success to Instagram. 

How do you create your optimal environment for painting? Do you use music?  Share 3 things from your favorite work playlist.

Music up and a candle lit.  I like to set the mood!  Miseducation of Lauren Hill, The Greatest by Cat Power, and Father John Misty (I like to mix it up). 

 photo via Olivia Rae James

What item in your studio do you consider indispensable? 

gesso, a good chair, and speakers

 photo via Olivia Rae James

What is your favorite museum?

I just went to The Hirshhorn Museum in DC and thought it was pretty rad.  But, I am going to Paris with my mom in October, and I have a feeling this answer might change.  

 photo via Olivia Rae James

What priceless, well-known piece of art would you most like to own?

Any of Robert Rauschenberg's combines.  They make me feel all jazzy inside!

Thanks so much, Raven, for telling us about yourself!

Raven's work is also available at Gregg Irby Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia.

  "Sunny Side Up" is one of my favorites there.

Be sure to run over to Raven's site and enjoy all of her beautiful, new work!

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