There are few moments more life-changing than becoming a mother for the first time. In giving birth to her son, the acclaimed landscape painter Scarlett Raven found her true calling. Her breathtaking new collection, I am Reborn, symbolises her growth as both a woman and an artist; each wander through the forest is seen through a child’s eyes, encouraging viewers to rediscover their senses and embrace the beauty of nature.
Her emotional connection with trees – which she says signify “protection, strength and motherhood” – is intertwined with poetry and stylistic influences from artists like Anselm Kiefer, David Hockney and Gustav Klimt. Each of the three limited edition artworks is framed in a sustainable black ayous wood and was hand-embellished by our specialist atelier team. The accompanying original artworks were painted in oils and acrylics, with Scarlett using her expressionistic style of splattering paint onto the canvas to depict movement.
Scarlett, whose work is owned by celebrities including Orlando Bloom, says: "Having a baby and watching him discover his senses for the first time couldn’t be any more inspiring for my paintings. I experience everything through his first times, and it’s magical. These paintings are alive. They are hopeful, magical, strong, powerful…they are fearless.”
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As she reveals in our exclusive video, Scarlett's baby son, Harvey, was the inspiration behind this stunning curation of textured landscape paintings. She explains: “Harvey has helped me to see things clearly again. I watch how he sees colours, shapes, smells and sounds, and how he’s loving and accepting of all of his senses. My son has inspired me to look at things like I did when I was a child: to not fear the wind on my face, or the noise outside.
"I’m not fighting the experience, I’m in awe of it. It’s less about the destination and more about the journey. When people look at my artworks, I want them to feel the amazement that babies feel when looking at something for the first time. They’re a portal to a magical, safe place where anything is possible."
The paintings are titled after a poem, including the sonnets of the English Romantic poet William Wordsworth, and the powerful words of the American author and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. You can discover more about the inspirations behind each artwork by clicking on the individual paintings above or downloading our free digital brochure.
With a baby around, things can get a little messy! Fortunately, this is nothing new for Scarlett, who often paints with her hands to add emotion and texture. Find out more about her creative process here.
Filmed in her studio and the woodlands surrounding her home, our candid interview saw Scarlett open up about motherhood, nature and her initial fears about the impact of pregnancy on her career.
The artist, who discovered she was pregnant with a daughter while creating the collection, explains why she thinks becoming a parent is the most empowering experience of all. Plus watch out for Harvey and her adorable dog Dalí, who also steal the show!
"I feel like every branch has feelings, a story and a meaning. The upright trees give a sense of alignment, protection, strength and motherhood."
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