We had the good fortune of connecting with Raven Rohrig and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Raven, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Pursuing a creative career was always a dream of mine, but bringing it into reality was the furthest thing from reality for many years. My initial draw to a creative career was a desire to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather and father. I fell in love with the lifestyle of creative entrepreneurship at a young age; the freedom and connection with one’s creative spirit fit perfectly with my idea of a good life.

Coming from a family of professional artists intimidated me and I found myself wrapped in self doubt and fear for many years. It wasn’t until my 30’s that I took the leap and trusted that I have the dedication and determination for creative entrepreneurship. With only a handful of art classes, and no education in running a business, I dove into a daily practice exploring my creative desires. I learned on the fly how to get a business up and running.

My over 5 years of experience affirm creative entrepreneurship as my calling. The connection with my ancestors helps me feel rooted and proud to be part of a deeply personal and impactful trade. Engaging with self expression daily and sharing my work with others is humbling and wildly thrilling. Lastly, it brings me joy to know I am showing my son that he can choose a lifestyle and career doing what he loves (whatever that may be for him).

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My work brings me a deep sense of personal love and connection with femininity. The portraits I paint are born from a desire to express my feelings of power and sovereignty despite the imposed expectations of women today. I tackle these issues subtly through resting lip lines, shrouded eyes, and compelling body language. These details, coupled with my unique color palette, create portraits that are mysterious and empowering.

Because my work is created from a soulful place it tends to be emotional for the viewer and myself. I am proud that my work both challenges and intrigues people, often leading to conversations that are heartfelt about why someone feels the way they do when standing with my portraits.

Becoming comfortable with my style requires understanding that not everyone is drawn to it, this is an ongoing challenge. I still slip up and find myself questioning my creative expression in the face of not pleasing everyone. The most impactful practice in overcoming these feelings is reading and learning about other artists’ creative journey’s and spending time with other artists’ art (through books, museums, galleries, or studio visits).

I’ve learned through the work and lives of other artist’s that vulnerability in art making lends to living in the full spectrum of the human experience. When we create, we find meaningful connections with ourselves and others.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
When I have a visitor I love taking them to experience our local farms, shops and galleries. The best time to visit is in the late summer. Farms and orchards are bursting with fresh variety, live music is free to enjoy in our heavily treed city park, and evenings watching the sun turn the mountains pink from the plethora of wineries is slow and peaceful.

The North Fork Valley is full of interesting folx, cultural events, and endless outdoor adventures. What more could you ask for?

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to two individuals who help make my work possible. Thank you to my husband, Mike Thrift and my father, Mark Rohrig. Without their support and mentorship, I would be lost.

Website: www.ravenrohrig.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ravenrohrig/

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