Born and raised on her ancestral family farm among the rolling hills and prairies of Northeastern Nebraska, Kellie Rae has always retained a love of and respect for the natural world. A poet as well as a painter, she sees the world in terms of its beauty and its sanctity. Her visual images show us an understanding of the specialness of the most humble of natural forms. Kellie Rae's paintings are a sincere celebration of life imbued with careful observation, tenderness and respect.
Kellie Rae studied art at the University of Nebraska and later added to her training at an art academy in Florence, Italy. Her sophisticated technique is based on the craft of the Renaissance masters whose work she studied and whose careful building up of the image yields a sense of depth that evokes the beating heart that lies beneath the feathers or scales in all their complexity of color and texture. The animals she creates exist in a space that adds a sense of mystery and timelessness to the vision.
Her studio sits on a hill overlooking Prairie Lake in Northern Minnesota where she ceaselessly studies creatures great and small.