Welcome to our series spotlighting our Featured Vendors from our Vendor Guide. The guide includes carefully curated vendors from the baby and children’s industry in design, retail, special services and much more.
We’re so excited to introduce you to Judith Raye Paintings! Judith is a self-taught artist who specializes in creating art that she calls “dreamscapes for children.” Her goal is for her art to be a whimsical complement to your nursery decor while at the same time encouraging a child’s imagination to grow and flourish. Judith is also passionate about supporting organizations that advocate for children by donating her artwork to the ones that are closest to her heart.
What about Judith Raye Paintings makes you the most proud?
My art has been called happy, whimsical, romantic and peaceful, and I am proud of the fact that it brings smiles to many children and adults. I love to see children smile from ear to ear as they look at one of my paintings, and when parents stop and smile too, I feel proud. I have had many people tell me that they get why I paint.
I am most proud of the fact that I have been able to share my art with many disadvantaged children and families in the United States and around the world. My art now hangs on the walls of several orphanages in Haiti, Guatemala, Dominican Republic and Mumbai, India, and it is soon to be in Seoul, South Korea. I am also in discussions with Mercy Ships to get my art installed on the walls of the hospital ship’s exam rooms where they treat children from around the world.
Do you have a signature product or design element?
I try to create art that draws the eye to color and evokes positive emotions, whether I am focusing on a theme or just a combination of colors. I also try to include elements that are sophisticated and romantic. With my latest work, I am focusing on art that can easily transition with the child from the nursery to a more grown-up room. I also look for new and unique perspectives of some of the most commonly used images in children’s nurseries when I paint. I refer to my art as “fun art” instead of “fine art.”
I also have an added design element which comes from the imaginations of my two amazing granddaughters, Caden and Kyrsten. They are my artistic muses, providing me with endless inspiration for room decor. Their latest requests include a blue tree, a fairy house and, of course, fairies. I do not normally show my work in progress, but I have included a sneak peek of this painting to give you an idea of the ever-evolving creative process.
I’m blessed to have been collaborating with Pine Creek Bedding, a local custom bedding company, for over two years now. Daphne is continually giving me her ideas for new bedding and sending me the fabric samples, and then she leaves me to my creative process and the art begins to take shape. I also take into consideration similar color palettes and/or themes, and the end result is a complete room setting for a nursery or a child’s room. Several vignettes showing the latest collaborations of Pine Creek Bedding and Judith Raye Paintings were recently featured in a national photo shoot by Baby’s Dream Furniture.
What can we expect from you this year?
I will be designing more art featuring trending patterns, magical forests and fairies, puppies, woodland themes and mommy and baby animal combinations, as well as more floral pastels.
What do you think people might not know about Judith Raye Paintings that you’d like to share?
Over the last four years, I have donated hundreds of art prints to organizations around the world that work with abused and neglected children. Some of these organizations include Operation Underground Railroad, Venice Family Clinics, A Family Place, Baby2Baby.org, Juliette’s House, Dwell with Dignity, Dori’s Promise, Children’s Center, Albertina Kerr and The Dougy Center.
What advice do you have for parents when curating a nursery? Any nursery must-haves?
When designing your nursery, look for colors and pieces that provide a sense of peace and joy with a theme that will complement other rooms in your home. Begin with a favorite piece of art that speaks to your heart, add coordinating bedding and build the room around it. Today’s parents are savvy and cost-conscious consumers. They are looking for something for the nursery that is unique and sophisticated but not too expensive. With popular nursery themes including “urban industrial,” parents are searching for ways to make the nursery an extension of the home with items that can easily transition as the child grows.
Where do you find your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from living life or from gazing out the window of my art studio in the wine country of Oregon. My other inspiration comes from the creative and vivid imaginations of my two beautiful granddaughters, Caden and Kyrsten.
Tell us your motto.
I believe every child deserves to grow up dreaming in color. Van Gogh said, “I dream of painting, and then I paint my dreams.” This is the reason I call my art “Dreamscapes for Children.”
To learn more about Judith Raye Paintings, please check out their listing in our Vendor Guide. Plus, they’re currently offering a 25% discount to all Project Nursery readers using the code: ProjectNursery (expires.June 1, 2015).
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