Anna Raven

Anna Raven (b 1956) grew up in Cambridge where her father was an academic as well as a keen amateur field botanist and gardener. With long academic holidays she had the opportunity to visit the West Coast of Scotland frequently, and from her father she developed an interest in plants and the call of wild places. 

Anna studied fine art at Bath Academy of Art (1976-1979) and, since then, has been active as both painter and printmaker. She has spent her life working across a number of disciplines - from gardens to printmaking, ceramics to painting - with much of her work a personal response to the natural world and the relationship between nature and the inner self. She established her first studio in London and then, following a move to Wiltshire, combined painting with running a garden design business and family life. 

In 2004, Anna moved to the West Coast of Scotland where she developed a new body of work inspired by the dramatic qualities of the Highland landscape and climate and regularly exhibited her work with Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London. Anna has now been based for many years in Lochaber, which has enabled her to engage more deeply with the world of landscape restoration and this is reflected in her creative practice. In partnership with the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Anna has also established a creative residency based on the Rahoy Hills Reserve, the most biodiverse of the reserves within the Trust’s portfolio. The residency promotes a collaboration between art and science, with the artists working with the warden to find a visual equivalent for their experience. 

Selected exhibitions 2020 Resipole Studios, Ardnamurchan 2019 McCallum Art House, Fort William 2019 Resipole Studios, Ardnamurchan 2017 Solo show, Resipole Studios, Ardnamurchan 2016 RSA Annual Open Exhibition, Edinburgh 2016 SSA Annual Open Exhibition, Edinburgh 2015 Solo show, Resipole Studios, Ardnamurchan 2011-15 Various mixed shows with Resipole Studios, Ardnamurchan 2010-11 Various exhibitions with Ealanta Lochaber, Newcastle, Dundee 2008 Solo show, Marjoribanks Gallery, Coldstream 2008 Solo show, Rebecca Hossack @ Charlotte Street, London 2007 Kilmorack Gallery, Beauly, Inverness 2007 Lime Tree Gallery, Fort William 1998 Rebecca Hossack @ Osterley House 1997 Solo show, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, Windmill Street, London 1995 Solo show, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, Windmill Street, London 1984 Royal Society of Watercolourists annual exhibition, London Selected residencies April 2016 WASPs The Booth, Scalloway, Shetland Mainland. September 2015 Watercolour Music, Isle of Tiree Nov/Dec 2014 Iona Art Residencies 

Anna 1 - (Sight) The Flight of a Raven: My Brother 

Anna 2 - (Sound )The Call of the Curlew 

Anna 3 - (Smell) In Love With Moss 

Anna 4 - (Touch) A Sense of Touch 

Anna 5 - (Taste) A Meal to Share

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