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.
Art Center College of Design, B.F.A. - Pasadena, CA, 1989
Western Washington University - Bellingham, WA, 1982
Professional Organizations and Selected Workshops
EDGE Professional Development Program - Seattle, WA, 2009
CoCA Center on Contemporary art, Seattle, WA. artEAST Art Center, Issaquah, WA
Selected Teaching Experience
Art instruction for kids, teens and adults, including individuals with autism and other disabilities, 2014 - 2016
Art Series, Fred Hutch School, Cancer Research Center - Seattle, WA, 2010
Art Workshop, Olympic Sculpure Park, Seattle Art Museum - WA, 2008
Art Classes, Summer Program, Gage Academy- Seattle, WA, 2001
Art Workshop, Seattle Art Museum - Seattle, WA, 2000
CoCA, Center on Contemporary Art, “Make America Create Again”- Seattle, WA, 2017
The Gardens at Time Square, “With Flying Colors”, Group Show – Bellevue, WA 2017
University House Issaquah, “More than Mundane”, Group Show – Issaquah, WA, 2016
CoCA, Center on Contemporary Art, “35 Live: CoCA Members' Show”- Seattle, WA, 2016
artEAST, “The Incredible Intensisty of Just Being Human”, Swedish Medical Center, Group Show- Issaquah, WA, 2016
Ida Culver House, “Iconography”, Group Show – Seattle, WA, 2015
Artisan Custom Framing, Solo Show- Millcreek, WA, 2014
Corridor Gallery, “State of Mind”, Group Show - Seattle, WA, 2013
Washington State Convention Center, “Celebration”, Edge Professional Development Program, Group Show – Seattle, WA, 2012
Shift Collaborative Studio, Invitational Exhibition - Seattle, WA, 2012
ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery, Group Show – Seattle, WA, 2012
Aljoya, Group Show - Mercer Island, WA, 2011
Department of Ecology, Earth Day Exhibit: “Unveiling Climate Change”, Group Show- Lacey, WA, 2011
Seattle City Hall Gallery, Group Show - Seattle, WA, 2010
Seattle Design Center, Group Show - Seattle, WA, 2010
Collective Visions Gallery, Group Show – Bremerton, WA, 2010
Bainbridge Art Gallery, “Children's Book Artwork”, Group Show - Bainbridge, WA, 2004
“What’s in my Lunchbox?”, Harper Collins Children’s Books, 2001
“Oreo Cookie Counting Book”, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2000
“Bumble Bee”, Harper Collins Children’s Books, 1999
“Still-Life Stew”, Hyperion Books for Children, 1998
“Brown Cow, Green Grass, Yellow Mellow Sun”, Hyperion Books for Children, 1995
Selected Reviews and Interviews for Children's Books
Toledo, Newspaper, “Still Life Stew”, featured artwork at the Mazza Museum International Art from Picture Books, 2005
Child Magazine, “Best Picks”, “Bumble Bee”, 1999
King 5 Television Station, Seattle, WA, “Brown Cow, Green Grass, Yellow Mellow Sun”, 1996
The New York Times, “Sunday Book Review”, “Brown Cow, Green Grass, Yellow Mellow Sun”, 1995
Disney Magazine, “Novel Ideas for Children’s Books”, “Brown Cow, Green Grass, Yellow Mellow Sun”, 1995
Selected Educational Publishers, News Papers, Magazines and Television
Scholastic, Inc., Harcourt Brace Publishers, Houghton Mifflin Company, Inc., McMillan-Magraw Hill Publishing, Inc. The New York Times, Nickelodeon/MTV Networks, Sesame Street Magazine, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Entertainment Weekly, BusinessWeek
Honors and Awards
Guest speaker, “The Mazza Museum International Art from Picture Books”- Findlay, Ohio, 2005.
One of fifteen illustrators from the USA invited to exhibit Children’s Book Artwork at Nello Studio di OZ - Bologna, Italy, 1999
Distinguished Achievement Finalist, Sesame Street Magazine, “The Count's Number of the Month: 6”, The Association of Educational Publishing, 2000
Dimensional Illustrators Awards Book, 1993, 1994, 1998
The Mazza Museum International Art from Picture Books - Findlay, Ohio