Sandra Stowell
, artist & maker:

Photo of my Treasure Chest based on my 2012                   Sketcbook Project
In 1997 my husband and I left full time Seattle careers for a cohousing community & self-employment on the Olympic Peninsula. We fled city life to be part of a consensus based community in small town Port Townsend. We built a home & started a tiny software business called Firstraven Systems. Later we retired & sold our first (very beautiful) strawbale house to build a plain and practical modern SIP home with a separate art studio in the same community, RoseWind Cohousing. My art has become a daily focus.

Ravens are not my family tradition, but a personal icon, and native to most places I have lived. The name FirstRaven comes from a NW legend I enjoy, but I have no Northwest Native ties. For me, this name is also about my personal connection with the Corvidae family, my membership in Corvidae Press, & the joy I feel when I hear a raven's resonant call.