Victoria Raymond

Victoria Raymond

ARtist, TEACHEr, DESIGNER

Testimonial

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.

Artist Statement

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.

Biography

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.


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Education

  • 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

Exhibitions

  • 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

Published Work

 

Children’s Books

  • “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

Selected Collections

  • The Mazza Museum International Art from Picture Books - Findlay, Ohio