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About the artist
Rae Broyles is a 5th generation painter who was born in Chicago to Ray Raedel, a student of Norman Rockwell. She studied illustration and painting at Rhode Island School of Design and The American Academy of Art in Chicago.
She has studied in the South of France and also under the mentorship of Michael David who has works in the permanent collections at The Guggenheim Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art.
She has taught at various schools in the southeast as well as the Fine Arts Workshop in Atlanta. She shows her work at galleries though out the US and in Canada. Rae was recently accepted into the National Artists Program of A.I.R Gallery in New York.
Rae's studio is currently in Roswell, GA.
Rae Broyles Artist Statement:
I was raised by a "Madman". Growing up in 1960's Chicago, I was surrounded by my fathers' free-spirited lifestyle as a painter, illustrator, jazz pianist and eventually advertising exec extraordinaire. Dutifully, I studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago and then the preeminent Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where I learned many technical aspects of art through the help of great teachers and mentors including painter Richard Merkin.
I then spent over 15 years in the commercial art world. My career culminating with the role of Creative Director. But during this time, creating with a distinct marketing purpose and numerous limitations became lackluster and unfulfilling.
Now, after 13 years of painting, I find myself complete, as an artist, a creator, an author of visual poetry. There is no longer an alternative. Color, texture, tactile adventures are what move me. I can let myself freely discover new images, vexing techniques and alternative ways of presenting emotion while I fall away from this world and into a realm of physical and mental reverie.
It is important to me that the energy that I feel while I create art is evident in the final piece. The result of the unexpected variations invites the viewer to experience the variable nature of my painting process. I also hope to offer the opportunity to use one's own imagination while experiencing these pieces. My process and materials are my motivation but I also succumb to the thought that I am but a vessel trough which creativity flows; putting down on the canvas the images that exist in the universe but and have yet to be physically realized."