From an early age Rae was showing off her enthusiasm for art. In school she was always very creative, during primary her art work won competitions, for example she designed a christmas light which was displayed for many years every festive period on the local main street. Her childhood was mainly dominated by her equestrian hobby where she competed at a very high level all over the UK. She won many awards during this time however while she loved this part of her life she realized time did not allow her to keep going at this level when she still wanted to build her career as a proffesional artist.
At school Rae passed her advanced higher Art & Design exams with flying colours. During her time at school she was recommended by Strathaven Academy to paint a wall mural on a local couples wall at their home who were expecting their first baby. They were looking for a local school pupil to paint a Winnie the Pooh theme mural in their baby’s nursery. The newspaper even picked up her story, see below.
When she left school in 2011 she then went on to continue her education, to complete her HND in Illustration at the City of Glasgow College until 2013.
Once she left college she decided to start building her own portfolio, by starting to take on commissions from friends then eventually, thanks to word of mouth her work became more popular in the local area.
After her third year with a busy painting schedule she is now looking at venturing onto the next platform of her career. She has a lot of ambition to grow her skills in sculpture design and maybe even fashion design.
Painting animal sculptures is an area of art Rae really enjoys, using her fine brush strokes to paint realistic looking textures which she believes benefit from her close relationship with animals in general. This way she can appreciate the level of detail in each hair, lump and bump.
Rae's love for animals has always been a priority in her life. Elaine, Rae's mother is also a very fond lover of animals and due to having a the outdoor space at her small holding with 7 and a half acres of land she was able to have as many as she wanted!
There were a variety of cats, dogs, pet sheep, pigmy goats, budgies, guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, chickens, ducks, geese, shetland ponies and horses. This always inspired Rae to draw them, wither it would be when they were munching grass in the field or sitting in the stable with them with her sketch book during the school summer holidays.
Now that Rae has moved into her own house a few miles from her childhood home, she lives with her fiancé Stuart, their boarder terrier 'Louie' and the household cat'Keisha' (aka 'Keish').