Born in Chicago, IL 1963 Rae is a 6th generation painter. Her formal studies took place at The American Institute of Art in Chicago and Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. In the late 1980’s and 1990’s Rae had vibrant career as a creative director for various consumer product companies and agencies. Although painting all through those years, in 2001 Rae became a full-time painter and mixed media artist. She has continued her studies at Moulin de Perot in Southern France, Red Deer College in Alberta, Canada and Fine Arts Workshop in Atlanta, GA. Rae began teaching encaustic painting at Fine Arts Workshop in Atlanta in 2010 and has also been invited to teach at Red Deer College.
Her work has been shown in prestigious galleries in the US and notably, was accepted as one of 20 National Artists in the highly respected A.I.R. Gallery in New York in 2016.
Rae’s recognitions include Platform Artist of the Year Finalist with RMG, which hosts Spectrum Miami and Art Expo New York, Mixed Media Artist of the Year at the ADC Awards in Cincinnati, OH, The Bronze Award for Painting Forward, Best in Show at JF Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL, and multiple merit awards in National Shows including the Valdosta National, Grosse Pointe Art Center, MI and the APS National Show at Chastain in Atlanta with printmaking work. Her work is included in the permanent collection of Museum of Encaustic Art in Cerrillos, NM
Rae’s work is primarily mixed media abstract but often incorporates other media including, photography, video, poetry, and choreography.