ARtist, TEACHEr, DESIGNER
Victoria Raymond's professional work spans materials and subjects, but count on spectacular natural themes that will leave you thoughtful and intrigued. And, no doubt amused.
Victoria's work ranges from deeply reflective to irrepressible whimsy, traversing grit, force and life experience along the way.
Reimagining objects such as flowers, bees, and more subtle natural subjects, this accomplished artist skillfully weaves them into alluring assemblages layered with nuance, insight, and innuendo.
My pieces develop organically as I work on them, and incorporate many materials: ceramics, glass, polymer clay, paint, silk flowers, found objects, fabric, and torn up paintings. I break and reassemble objects - a cherished vase, family heirloom or memento - to create something beautiful and new. I'm curious about permanence and temporary attachments and how these connections can present opportunities for growth. The objects may be missed but aren't really gone - they've simply changed form. And by overlapping and layering, I open my pieces to exciting possibilities and create art that is imaginative, vibrant, and tactile.
Victoria received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.
For more than a decade Victoria was a freelance illustrator in New York City. She created three-dimensional illustrations for children's books and editorial publications. Her work appeared in the New York Times, Sesame Street magazine, Simon and Schuster, Harper Collins books and many others. Victoria's first picture book, Brown Cow, Green Grass, Yellow Mellow Sun, received rave reviews and was featured in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. Artwork for the book was shown at the exhibition of American Artists for Children at Nello Studio di OZ in Bologna, Italy and in Barcelona, Spain.
Some of Victoria's other picture books include: Bumble Bee, written by the late author, Margaret Wise Brown, of the classic Goodnight Moon. It was named one of the top 10 books of the year. Her children's book art has toured the children's museums in Chicago, Indianapolis, Seattle, and Pittsburgh. It is in the permanent collection at the Mazza Museum: International Art from Picture Books.