transgender speaker | nonbinary speaker
Having Rae to campus to speak and the Transcend show in the nearby area provided students with an opportunity to get excited about how social justice, equity, and inclusion can show up in many ways. Representation for our students is huge. (It) was truly inspiring for our students in helping them understand they can and will have an impact on the world around them in exciting and positive ways. The reaction to Rae and Rae’s work was overwhelmingly positive and left the students wanting more.
— Lu Ferrell, Assistant Director of OMSA at the University of New Hampshire


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We found Rae to be an engaging, articulate artist who connected equally well with students, faculty, staff and community members. His dedication to his craft is equal to his passionate advocacy for the LGBTQ community, particularly trans identified individuals. His keen attention to detail and his flexibility and inventiveness in serving our needs make him an ideal collaborator who can easily facilitate dialogue with a wide variety of campus constituents.
We were particularly impressed with his ability to connect with our students who readily approached Rae who was generous with his time, his insights, and, perhaps most importantly, his willingness to listen.
— Mark Rasdorf (Intercultural Affairs Senior Associate Director, ECU) and Kate Bukoski (Director, School of Art and Design, ECU)
transgender painter | transgender fine art | nonbinary artist | transgender mural


Radical Self Love

Prioritize Your Passion

Tools for Authenticity in Fine Art

Portraiture as an Act of Resilience and Resistance

Love as a Foundation for Political Artwork

Transgender Courage as a Model for Resilience



transgender painter | transgender fine art | nonbinary artist | transgender mural
As a gallery owner, I saw this show as an opportunity to provide direct action, by allowing our space to be a platform for trans and non-binary voices. The audience for our artist reception was a great mix of diversity in age, sexual orientation, gender, and religious beliefs. Rae’s talk had a very strong impact on our audience. They fully participated in the talk, and embraced the story Rae had to tell. Rae did a great job at expressing the raw emotion of the journey taken as an artist, as a cancer survivor, and as someone finding their own voice.

Seeing the story of an artist emerge from a daily routine to doing something that they love, and then having that thing they love be accepted and recognized in such a positive light brought a strong sense of hope in a time that feels despairing. It can be hard to find light and optimism at times, and I felt that Rae showed our community that we are stronger than the hate and sorrow that we see everyday on our newsfeeds and our social media. When we come together and hear each other’s stories, we find the common ground and hope we all need at this time. Rae brought that to our city with these strong images, and compassionate presentation, and our audience and myself left feeling closer and emboldened to celebrate the many different diverse communities that make up our city.
— Amy Doty, Owner, Frame of Mind Art Gallery
We heard things like “I’ve never seen a show like this.” or “This is incredible.” I think it served to remind people that artists/talent exists within all of us, that galleries are paying attention (I hope) and giving space to a wide variety of artists/mediums/messages, and that art can bring us together to examine our shared humanity. At the risk of sounding cheesy, art gives us hope.
— Beth Falconer, Executive Director at 3S Artspace
transgender painter | transgender fine art | nonbinary artist | transgender mural
transgender speaker | nonbinary speaker


Vivid Color in Fine Art and Design

To design anything you need to know a thing or two about composition, typography, and — you guessed it — color. There’s a science to this aspect of art, and knowing some of the fundamentals will help you make wise color choices. No matter your design goal, knowing the best practices in color choice and mixing will help you achieve the results you’re after.

In this class, we’ll mainly use hands-on projects to develop a discriminating eye for employing color and the personal confidence to play and explore in color. Participants will develop a basic understanding, vocabulary, and toolkit for color, as well as a means of discussing color with colleagues and clients.

This workshop will include plenty of in-class experimentation as we cover the following:

  • The meaning, emotion, and symbolism of color in our culture and others

  • Color vision, the color wheel, additive and subtractive color

  • Color relationships: neutralization, optical blending, mixing – no color stands alone

  • Confidence to experiment playfully with color and mixing


Hand Lettering for Personal Growth

In this workshop participants will build a foundational understanding of typography beginning with the anatomy of type. After exploring styles we’ll begin to identify participant’s personal essence. This hands-on workshop builds upon this foundation with a live demo of 3 custom typography styles.

We’ll share opportunities to play and learn with a variety of tools.  We will discuss how to discern which type and placement to best enhance the participant’s authentic message itself and incorporate meditation into hand lettering practice.

Through a lecture, discussion, demonstration and in-class exercises we’ll learn about hand lettering and artistic authenticity.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understanding type anatomy, classification, font identification

  • Practical application of various tools via demonstration

  • Generate deeper meaning and authentic creativity in your practice

  • Typography and hand lettering for self improvement and affirmation

  • Confidence to experiment playfully with type


Gender Exploration via Self-Portraiture

This course focuses on the intersection of artistic identity and the personal journey of gender. Lets play with paint to push back our fears about our own gender and image.

This hands-on workshop builds upon this foundation with a live demonstration of painting techniques and portrait process. We’ll share opportunities to learn a variety of tools. By incorporating reflection, meditation, and facilitated conversation participants will clarify their own gender stories, tools for vulnerability resilience and courageous self-trust. 

Participants will build upon this foundation to begin their own self-portrait works. Through a discussion, demonstration, a series of reflections and in-class exercises we’ll learn about gender and self-portraiture. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Clarification of personal gender stories

  • Learning tools for resilience and self-trust

  • Practical application of various tools and techniques via demonstration

  • Fundamentals of contrast, light direction and shading as well as line drawing versus color blocking

  • Confidence to experiment playfully with color, form, and style


Loving Foundations and Figure Drawing

In this studio course we’ll review and revitalize basic figure drawing skills while incorporating Rae’s unique process of self-compassion and personal resilience in art. 

Through live demos and hands-on experimentation participants will develop skills and confidence in figure drawing.  Through meditation, reflection, discussion, and hands-on practice participants will gain self-compassion practices as well as drawing tools and techniques. Upon completion, students will gain confidence in drawing the human form and walk away with self-compassion skills to support their work well after the course ends.


Participants will walk away with the following tools and skills:

  • Basic skills in producing drawings of the human form

  • Negative vs. positive space / Line work vs. color blocking

  • Ability to critically and compassionately evaluate their work and respond to analysis from others

  • Practical application of various tools via demonstration

  • Courage to experiment playfully with color and medium

  • Cultivate compassion in their artistic practice to further develop artistic growth and experimentation