Katrina Rae was born in Ponca City Oklahoma, currently works out of KRae East Art Studio, VA.
Katrina attended the Kansas City Art Institute, Memphis Collage of Art, and Eastern Michigan University. Her area of concentration began in the three dimensional while attending art school and university.
Not wanting to join the ranks of a starving artist, led her to becoming an entrepreneur. Katrina has opened multiple successful businesses, her first company, in Memphis,TN. at the age of twenty four, resulting in her art career not being seriously pursued until 2016.
Katrina credits fellow artist and living master, Anni Crouter for the inspiration, guidance and encouragement to return to her art career after a prolonged departure.
Katrina has found a passion for working in the two dimensional utilizing soft pastel, mixed media, and oil. She loves the idea of using traditional and non traditional materials to create a representational piece of work. Katrina has discovered the use of polyurethane and UV protectant on her mixed media and soft pastel paintings, eliminating the usage of glass.
While residing in Memphis, TN. Katrina apprenticed under sculpture John Mori. Katrina was selected by artist Robert Brady, to work on a collaborated fiber installation, commissioned for the Crecent Center, Memphis, TN. While attending Eastern Michigan University, Katrina studied under world renowned ceramist Susan Stevenson.
Katrina has shown in Art Prize, Grand Rapids, MI. Art Prize Luxenberg receiving Certificate of Participation, Saginaw Art Museum, Studio 23 Art Center, Canton Art Center, Arte Natura, Limner Gallery, D' Art Center, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Art Explosion, Faces and Figures, Fusion Western Art Competition, Mid Atlantic Invitational, Charlottevsville, VA. Rappahannock Tribal Center and Museum displaying a rotating collection of Katrina's Indigenous themed body of work.
Awards include, honorable mentions, first place, second place, third place , juror awards, peoples choice awards, and 50 Artists of the Great Lakes Bay region award two years in a row.
Memberships and affiliations, Studio23, D' Art Center, Great Lakes Pastel Association, International Pastel Association, MidAtlantic Pastel Association, Associate member Women Artists of the West.
Katrina has worked on short film projects as a producer, director, set designer, prop coordinator and art director, for the Crash the Super Bowl Dorito’s Contest, Day in a Life 10-10-10, and Ridley Scott’s Parallel Lines Competition.
Katrina participates in multiple local and regional events, including grant proposals for D' Art Center, invitational fund raisers for Studio23 Art Center, and The Great Lakes Bay Region Art Around the City.
Katrina works closely with Chief Anne Richardson of the Rappahannock people, collaborating on art projects, paintings, art openings, and the historical depictions of culture and history of the American Indians of the East. A rotating collection of Katrina's work is on display, as their exclusive artist, at the Tribal Center and Museum.
Katrina’s work is on a constant evolutionary journey, striving to grow and evolve without limitation.