About Digital Raven - Perri Kelly
I am a University of Alaska-Fairbanks graduate with a BA in Journalism/Photojournalism and a minor in Art. It was while taking a "Digital Photography and Art Pixel" class that I discovered my love for manipulating photography and art on the computor. Thus my interest in graphics and digital art was born.
Later on, after dabbling a bit as a professional freelance photographer, a digital/ acrylic artist and painter, it didn't take too much of a leap for me to see how web design could incorporate my enjoyment of art with the practical aspect of how to pay the bills - no starving artist here.
I have a wonderful husband, three grown children, two dogs, a cat and three extremely large fish (Tiger Oscar) that I was told will eventually grow large enough to eat dog food.
About my obsession with Ravens
Ravens have always fascinated me. I love to watch them interact with each other. They have attitude. They are survivors. Some are beautiful and some are riddled with scars. Some are very smart, some not. In Fairbanks, Alaska the ravens can grow very large and they are out even in the coldest weather. Luke 12:24 (NIA) says, "Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than the birds!"
Ravens remind me of how much God love us.
My grandmother (who was Native American) use to say to me that if she was ever given the choice, she would like to return as a raven. Then she passed away...
So I also watch them and think of her.
In literature ravens are often vilified or used as a portent of doom. In Native Alaskan tales they are often shown to be very tricky, untrustworthy but strangely heroic and sometimes very funny. Whatever their roles may be, they are interesting... and in Alaska they are everywhere.
So I adopted them as my hallmark. I often put them somewhere in my digital art: sometimes as a shadow, a reflection, flying through the air, a carving or as a tattoo on a young girl's ankle. My kids would always try to find the raven in my work.