We had the good fortune of connecting with Raven Dorsey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Raven, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think of risk taking as a necessary step when it comes to pursuing a creative career. It’s something I personally struggle with though. I find that I’m naturally more reserved and taking more risks is something I have to really push myself to do. But the more I can muster up the courage to do so, it works out in the end.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’d like to think of my style as a mix of moody and subtle beauty. I think in the creative world each artist is set apart from others by their own artistic eye. I’m seeing this more and more as I continue to develop my own style while getting inspiration from the artists I meet online or in local shows. Currently I’m most excited about my own since of moment. As an artist I tend to stop and go but I’ve been putting in more effort for consistency and I’m starting to feel a sense of growth again. At times it’s not easy but I’ve learned to lean into the uncertainty and see where it takes me. I suppose I’d like the world to know that I’m only at the beginning and I’m looking forward to the journey ahead.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would probably take them to lower Greenville. There’s so many good places to eat there and being relatively close to it is a big plus. One of my favorite places, Wabi House, would be the first stop. They have the best ramen! I’d also like to take them on some of the nature trails around Dallas. There’s many I haven’t explored yet and we’d need to work off all the ramen. Currently I find a lot of peace and inspiration in nature too so that’s always a plus. There aren’t many happening right now, but I would definitely hit up local art shows too. Seeing so many artists in the city and their work makes me feel like I can do it too.
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 get my greatest encouragement from my close friends. Some are fellow artists but others are simply what keeps me going at times. With out their encouragement and support it would be a lot harder to keep going when I feel like giving up. For specifics some of them can be found on Instagram @nnniro411 @abiey_uwa @ginacoleman2020 and @ambitioustarie just to name a few.