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About Traditional Art / Professional Senior Member Pia RavenariFemale/Australia Group :iconliving-earth: Living-Earth
Every day is Earth day!
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Common Dormouse as Totem by Ravenari
Common Dormouse as Totem
Original available at Etsy

'I love my home. I love the woods and hedgerows near my home. I understand the secrets of the element of Earth and how that sings life into being - life that I give to, and take from. I'm not your every day totem, and sometimes I can be hard to understand, but that's only because I live a life that I think shows the simplest wisdom of all: I live in concert with the Earth and I love my home. Meditate with me, and I will curl warmly in your hand and bring you nutmeat and little pieces of wisdom that seem small at first but become much larger when you consume them.'


Watercolour pencil / ink / acrylic on illustration board.
Grey Seal as Totem by Ravenari
Grey Seal as Totem
Available at Etsy

'Oh how I love companionship, and sharing my life with loved ones and friends. I am a creature of transformation, though you might not think so to look at me. But just see how I am on land, versus how I dance so beautifully in the water? I am clumsy sometimes and graceful at others. I am a seal in the mundane world, and I am the selchie of legend in the otherworlds. I can bark or I can sing. Have you ever wondered how to reconcile your different selves together? I know how to teach you. Have you ever wanted to learn how to celebrate your body no matter what it looks like? Why, that's easy! And I can teach you that too. Let us dance in the water together.'


Watercolour pencil / ink / acrylic on illustration board.    
Bilberry Goat as Totem by Ravenari
Bilberry Goat as Totem
ON HOLD for client.

The bilberry goat is a rare, Endangered domestic-turned-wild breed in the UK. Part of Inktober 2016, and coloured in watercolour pencil, metallic and iridescent acrylic/gouache on illustration board.
Things have been pretty exciting though, lately.

Firstly, I've been writing a great deal. However, that work is happening under another name, and so that's basically like my secret double life that's been happening in the background.

I'm not really taking personal commissions still. HOWEVER, I am considering commercial commissions on a case by case basis, especially book covers and book illustrations.

I recently was nominated for a Tin Duck award for Best WA Professional Artwork for the cover of Prickle Moon by the wonderful Juliet Marillier. And I've been nominated for a DITMAR award for best artwork in the Australian SF Awards again for the cover of Prickle Moon. I don't expect to win, I am up against the most tremendous company and honestly, the nomination alone has blown me away.

I've also been fortunate enough to win a Tin Duck for Best WA Professional Short Work for a short story I wrote in the Dreaming of Djinn anthology by Ticonderoga Publications, called 'Street Dancer.'

I've also been shockingly ill over the past year. Some of that is only just starting to ease up, but in order to protect my health, I'll never be able to produce such a high quantity of artwork as I used to ever again, and I'll need to be very astute with my commitments. This has actually been okay. I've produced hundreds of pieces of artwork, honoured the energy of hundreds of animals, and I'm finding this transition not as painful as I thought it would be.

This year has been kind of a fallow year. From a marketing perspective, dropping off the face of the planet after executing a book cover for a fantastic author, and starting to make contacts in the writing world was kind of stupid; but I've not really had much of a choice. The creative world is still out there and I haven't left it, I'm just...working in it a bit differently to how I used to. Then again, with the amount of physical and mental illnesses I have, balancing my medical costs with living on a Disability Pension (because alas the discounts don't cover the kind of dental care I need due to my Sjogren's Syndrome) - it's a miracle I'm actually able to do anything much at all.

So you may see a little more of me, but possibly not a great deal more of me. Life does what life does, and I find my way through it. I'm a snail in a very big garden, and there are a lot of other showier animals out there, but that's okay; I've always loved the simple things - the rain, green things, reading, hibernating in forests - and I am working on making a life that suits me. It's hard work, but it's worthy work.

I hope you are all keeping well!


Did you know there are even better places to keep up with what's happening with Ravenari? :)

ETSY (Originals only):…

Ravenari @ Wordpress: (I write blog posts like four times a year!)

Ravenari's Animal Guide Dictionary:
  • Listening to: too much to put down here.
  • Reading: fanfiction actually, because it's awesome
  • Watching: all the things!


Pia Ravenari
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
I am a 'stay-at-home' artist with post-traumatic stress disorder with heavy dissociative characteristics thrown in. I have a distinct, and unique style which is being added to (and subtracted from) every day. I tend to express my love of the animal kingdom, or my darker themes regarding childhood and traumatic experiences in my art.

Current Residence: Perth, Western Australia
Favourite genre of music: Sadcore, Indie, Alternative
Favourite style of art: I don't know what my style is, but I like it enough to do it all the time.
MP3 player of choice: Winamp
Favourite cartoon character: Howl from Howl's Moving Castle. He is sexy.
Personal Quote: if you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got.



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Kelii Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your art.  I find it very calming.
Ravenari Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. <3
Hiatro Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome gallery!
Ravenari Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
dawndelver Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful artwork :heart:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
Dark-Erotic-Weapons Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016
Hello Pia I want to personally thank you for accepting my invitation to join my group I am happy to have you as a member and look forward to your future submissions I love your style of art! Welcome

Ravenari Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! <3 :D
Dark-Erotic-Weapons Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016
you are more then welcome :aww:
Clawfiren Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016   General Artist
Your drawings are awesome
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