About the Artist & Her Media
Born in Washington D.C. and raised on the Chesapeake Bay, Linda Rae believes she was born blessed with a gift to be an artist and it has been her passion since she was a child. It’s a natural talent that is combined with the gift of creativity. She has a genuine love for all types of art, but for the past 14 years she has been sculpting enchanting colorful sprites with gossamer wings and softly cascading locks of hair that have flown all over the world, even as far as Hawaii, Japan and Australia! In recent years, her talent has expanded to larger more detailed sculptures like the ones found on her mermaid page. Linda exhibits her work throughout juried art shows in Maryland and Virginia and some retail stores. When clients first approach her booth, they have a perplexed look about them, as all they see first are the feathers. Upon taking a closer look, a great big smile emerges across their face. Linda Rae watches closely for and savors this smile. Her secret is that she really doesn’t sell fairies … she sells smiles! Her work makes people smile and invokes a great sense of joy. It brings joy to her when she creates, joy to the client who buys them and joy to the gift recipient who receives them. The joy her work brings to her clients is truly the artist’s greatest reward! Magically, Linda Rae infuses a tiny spirit in each sculpture she creates and her clients have said, “They really do have a life like spirit”. They each take on their own personality -- perhaps it’s the frame of mind the artist is in when she is creating that infuses their spirit. The term polymer clay is used to describe synthetic clays formulated to cure at temperatures far lower than typical kiln-baked clays. Through careful selection of clays, the right combination of effects in color, texture, and flexibility, Linda magically brings a block of clay to life. Each piece is hand shaped and faces are hand painted by her. Tinted fibers, feathers, shells and jewels add texture to her work. Pigmented ink and china paint lend highlight to the natural colors of each piece. As a finishing touch she composes a short tale describing each sculpture created.