Based in Charleston, South Carolina, Raven was raised on the Emerald Coast and was inspired to create at a young age from the artistic influence of her family’s eclectic art gallery, The Zoo Gallery. Founded in 1979 by her parents, Chris and Roxie Wilson, The Zoo Gallery carries an extensive array of artwork, pottery, jewelry, and home décor that is hard to come by in other areas along the Emerald Coast.
As one of many artistic minds in her family, Raven went on to receive a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Auburn University and then moved on to create works of art that are centered around the thriving strength of women, the beauty of imperfection, and the harmony of mental and physical well-being of the figure.
Raven partnered with Serena & Lily to launch her storybook at the start of 2019. Serena & Lily hosted her in a cross-country tour from New York to California to read her book and teach a “Nest” workshop for children. She has also worked with West Elm for the past three years on a variety of projects. Her collection of teacup and bowls with Anthropologie launched this spring.
“My artistic practice is a response to the colors, energies, textures, and composition of my life,” Raven says. “Through my work, I hope to invoke a connection for my viewers while representing the truest version of myself.”
Raven recently published her first children’s book, A Raven’s Nest, which follows a young girl and her mischievous dog as they journey to build their own nest using the varied treasures and creatures they discover at the beach.
After the book signing, The Zoo Gallery will feature an art project inspired by Raven’s book for children to participate in. The event will coincide with the 31st Annual ArtsQuest: A Fine Art & Fine Craft Festival.
Also, The Zoo Gallery will host a Magnolia Pearl Trunk Show on Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12, from 10 AM to 4 PM each day. Magnolia Pearl is one of The Zoo Gallery’s most popular brands, created by Robin Brown from Fredericksburg, Texas. The clothing line is composed of vintage fabrics and laces that can be layered together for a chic, effortless look.
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