ARTIST CV


Rayna Ross|  Mixed Media + Body Artist 


Rayna’s professional art career started at age 15. She’s found an intersect between surface pattern design,color flow and the processes of complex layers. Often dreamscapes, abstract and brightly colored works on untraditional surfaces. 


Rayna’s professional Mehndi body art started around age 15 as a way to connect to her cultural roots and South Asian Heritage ( Tamil, Nadu ) . Rayna Art + Co established in 2012 incorporating body art into her art portfolio and skill set. As a self taught artist before the resources of YouTube and social media have made it much easier to learn the ritual of Mehndi. Rayna has attended Polar Spring + HennaCon professional conferences to further her knowledge, skills and connections within the natural henna community. 


Rayna’s tattooing career kickstarted in 2018. After many years of seeking apprenticeships and not fitting the profile of a traditional tattooer. She decided to focus on henna body art and to become highly proficient in a clean modern style. After years of experience with henna body art it was time to seek out tattooing again. Rayna has been tattooing on skin since November 2019. Due to medical setbacks, while being in the industry for 5 years. Rayna has only been tattooing on skin for around 3.5 years.While having an apprenticeship in a licensed establishment, she is self taught on skin. She looks forward to learning from more tattooers and connecting with a like minded community of body artists to grow and learn new skills within tattooing. 


Rayna is a beginner ceramic artist and hopes to expand on this medium in the future. 


EDUCATION

Saint Ansgar High School 2009 

Art Teacher | Tom Townsend 

Grand View University | Art Education 2009-2010

Professors| Aaron Tinder, Dennis Kaven

Drake University | Studio Art + Graphic Design 2010-2012

Professors| Angela Battle, Phillip Chen, Ignatius Widiapradja 

 

CERAMICS

Kunzler Studios ( 3 Classes) 2021-2022

Des Moines Art Center (2 Classes ) 2021-2022



TATTOO

Apprenticeship (Mentor  Daniel Lapcheske, Owner of Electric Warlock) 

Iowa Tattoo Company October 2018-July 2019 

Creative Images ( Owner Sherry Sears) October 2019 

Impressions By Permanent Collection ( Owner Kathy Crimmins) November 2019- January 2020

Rayna Art + Co | Location 150 Sq Ft.( Shear Gallery Suites)   2020-2021

Rayna Art + Co | Location 250 Sq. Ft.( Mainframe Artist Studio)  2021-2022

Rayna Art + Co | Location 855 Sq. Ft.( Brick + Mortar Highland Park DSM) 2022- Present 


TATTOO GUEST SPOTS

Grinn & Barrett | Omaha, NE

Rawhide Tattoo| Ralston, NE 

Dwelling Tattoo | Chicago, IL  October 2023 

 


GRANTS

PUBLIC PROJECTS 
Art In The Sky 2009 | Mayo Clinic Skywalk, Rochester MN 

COLLABORATIONS | ARTISTS + SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS 

Photography

Liz Brown www.estorie.com

Raeyln Ramey www.raelynramey.com

Cassandra Monroe www.cassandramonroe.com

Joelle Blanchard www.figmentartphoto.com

Anna Jones http://annajon.es/

Meaghan Moorlach www.itsmadeinthemidwest.com

Nicole Lorenson https://preservation.pixieset.com

Ivy Towler www.towlerphotography.com

Jonah Lorsung www.jonahlorsung.com

Lizzie White www.lunaphotographie.com

Paige Kleckner http://paigekleckner.com

Lacie Navin www.lacienavinphoto.com

Casey Austen www.caseyausten.com

Stephanie Sunberg http://stephaniesunberg.zenfolio.com


Cosmetology 


MUA Kelsi Ziemann http://www.kelsiziemann.com/

Hair  Brianne Laws https://hairbybrianne.com/

MUA Ivy Boyd http://www.ivyboyd.com



Stylists + Bloggers 

Lauren Day https://linktr.ee/laurennnday

B.K. Turner http://chicibiki.com/


MARKETS + FESTIVALS + EVENTS

Minnesota State Fair| Soleshine Henna Booth , Minneapolis, MN 2017-2020

80/ 35 Music Festival DSM, IA 

Vintage In The City 2015-2018 DSM,IA

The Denver Flea Denver, CO 2016

The Vintage Whites Market Denver CO 2017

Junkstock  Omaha, NE 2015-2018

Good Makers Market Iowa City, Iowa 2016-2018

Market Day DSM,IA 2013-2015 

Pear Fair Cedar Falls, Iowa 2015, 2016,2018

Saylorville Lake Marina Market 2018 

Brilliant Crafts And Wares Fair DSM,IA 2017

Happy Hollow Days  Beaverdale, Iowa 2017

Minneapolis Craft Market Minneapolis, MN 2016 

Vintage & Made Fair 2016

Waukee Art Festival 2016

SW 9th Open Street Event DSM,IA 2015-2016

Austin Artworks Festival, Austin MN 2012-2016

Valley Junction Arts Festival DSM,IA 2016

Cowles Craft Market DSM,IA 2016

Vintage Fair At The Barn Pleasant Hill, Iowa 2016

FlyOver Fashion Fest  Iowa City, Iowa 2016

Go Blog Social DSM,IA 2016

Brunch With The Basics  DSM,IA 2016

Mumford & Sons Gentlemen Of The Road Tour Waverly, Iowa 2015

Ankeny Unplugged Ankeny,IA 2015

Iowa Yoga Festival DSM,IA 2015

Lucky Star Market  Ames, Iowa  2015 

Relay For Life Polk County Altoona, Iowa 2015

Ames Farmers Market  Ames, IA 2014

Music On The Plaza Altoona, Iowa 2014

Mason City Downtown Art Crawl Mason City, Iowa  2014

Oatmeal Days  St. Ansgar, Iowa 2013

Bratwurst Days, St. Ansgar, Iowa 2013




POP-UP EVENTS IN STORE + SOLO ART SHOWS 

REDO

Finding Iowa 

Sacred Health 

West Elm 

Ritual Cafe 

Cafe Diem

Smokey Row Coffee 

DSM Brew Coffee Co.

Friedrichs 42nd St.

Friedrichs Urbandale 

Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure 

Mars Cafe 

The Knotty Nail 

Grounds For Celebration

Village Bean Coffee Co.

Wanderlust

Matilda Muse

Lefty’s Live Music 

Science Center of Iowa 

Moxie Art Gallery

Art of Nails 

Noce 

Party On Des Moines 

Beez Rustic Treasures 

Des Moines Social Club 

DM YOGA .

Preservation 

Domestica

Des Moines Music Coalition 

Moar Tacos 

Rain Barrels Iowa 

Porch Light Coffeehouse - Ankeny,Iowa 

Octagon Art Gallery - Ames, Iowa 

Arcadia Cafe - Ames, Iowa 

White Rabbit - Iowa City,Iowa 

Revival Clothing Store - Iowa City, Iowa 

Sex + Ice Cream - Kansas City, Missouri + DSM,Iowa 

Scout Dry Goods + Trade - Omaha, Nebraska 

Caffeine Dreams - Omaha, Nebraska 

Zen Coffee Company - Omaha Nebraska

Market 124 - Mason City, Iowa 

Austin Art Gallery- Austin, MN 

Austin Area Commission For The Arts - Austin, MN

Coffeehouse On Main - Austin, MN

Yoga Center of Austin- Austin,MN 

Rochester Downtown Alliance - Rochester, MN


CORPORATE 

Facebook 

The Integer Group 

MEDIA + PUBLICATIONS 
Little Village Magazine 
Austin Daily Herald | Austin, Minnesota 
Omaha World Herald | Omaha, Nebraska 
Iowa Yoga Magazine
Heartland Wedding Ideas