Trae was born in Whittier, California and was raised in Big Bear Lake and Rancho Bernardo, California. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and moving to Eugene, Oregon, Trae began her personal journey as an artist with her floral drawings featured on greeting cards. Soon after, she embarked on a three-year artistic pursuit researching and illustrating every American state flower. This research culminated in the America’s Favorite Flowers Collection. Her California Poppy print became part of the decor at Knott’s Berry Farm Resort Hotel in Buena Park, California. In 2011, she published “State Flowers of America - A Commemorative Coloring Book”, an educational book for children featuring the entire America’s Favorite Flowers Collection. She has participated in many community “coloring book signing” events and coloring events for children. She was a visual judge with the Reflections Art Program at Plum Canyon Elementary in Saugus. She even painted a gecko on the front end of a 1970 Karmann Ghia during the “Car Slam” City of Santa Clarita art event! Trae studies under private instruction. She is inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh and Glenn Vilppu.
Today Trae’s work focuses on portraiture. She knew she had found her passion after completing her first few portraits. She began drawing people exclusively until she rendered a drawing of her friend’s two Havanese dogs and sent a picture of this rendering to her friend. Her friend was very touched by this gift. Trae has been busy ever since drawing beloved family members, friends and loyal canines. She would love to draw a portrait of your beloved.
Trae is a member of the Portrait Society of America. She resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with her husband, Jack.