Mixed-media artist Rae Missigman identifies herself as a “mark-maker.” Ever in the forefront of her art, organic shapes and graphic marks are what give her work a sense of authenticity. With an adventurous, anything-goes approach to expressing herself, she is just as likely to use a celery stem, a sewing machine or a cardboard tube as she is a brush, palette knife, or her own hands.
As an artist, Rae believes that creativity can be accomplished in bite-sized pieces during even the busiest of days. She focuses on embedding her distinctive mark on each piece leaving no doubt of its creator.
Rae is the author of Paint, Play, Explore: Expressive Mark-Making Techniques in Mixed Media published in 2018.
As a teacher, Rae helps students discover those marks that define them, and weave those into their work in new and interesting ways. With her help, artists became collectors of tools–both traditional and unconventional–that produce characteristic marks that become extensions of their unique voice.
“You need to be true to your own style,” said Rae. “Never second guess who you are as an artist; embrace your own gifts and use them.
As a woman, Rae lives in Central Florida within a large family of creatives. She looks forward to every opportunity to share her love of all things handmade with fellow makers.