Today we’d like to introduce you to Madeline Rae.
Madeline, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My art story probably began before I even existed in this human body. I believe my passion for art and the urge to create was passed down by my grandmother. She loves to paint, and everything she creates has an attention to detail that I really admire. Recently we were able to have a really cute night where we ate spaghetti, drank some red wine, and painted for hours together. We barely shared any words, and when I would look up to see how she was doing, she was so focused in her own little world, and I remembered how meditative, therapeutic, and healing the process of creation can be.
I’ve always had a passion for art, but it became the driving force of my life when I was 15. That’s when my father and stepmom had me sent to a lockdown facility in the middle of nowhere without my mother’s consent or even awareness for reasons I’m not sure I will ever understand. I was woken up at 2 in the morning by strangers. We drove on a two-lane road surrounded by darkness to a destination you couldn’t find on a map. The one night that I slept there one of the girls was trying to make me feel better by telling me my parents could send me letters and I remember asking her, “could they send me a sketchbook?” I realized in that moment that a world without art makes no sense to me, and a world without color breaks my heart. Luckily my mom found me after two days and was able to get full custody.
Since then, I have been on an adventure to discover how it feels to be free. Free of trauma, free of anxiety, free of depression, free of suffering. My story with art has many ups and downs and what I’ve come to understand is that art will never stop asking me to be made. So no matter what, I’m going to make it. Because it will always be my meditation, therapy, and healing, and hopefully through making it I can help others heal too.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I have a passion for mixed media art and my main focus right now is on mandala designs. Mandalas are little microcosms of the universe. Mandalas inspire me because they are really just a reflection of everything. Mandalas are a visual representation of the life cycles we all go through. We are constantly evolving, growing, expanding, being born and reborn all the time. I create compositions of mandalas with vibrant color. I use a variety of pens, tools, and paint to create these mandalas, and sometimes I add resin to hold it all together.
I hope that through my art, I can inspire people to believe that sometimes in order to find peace, paradise, bliss, whatever you want to call it, you don’t have to look much further than your own hands. All you need to create an extraordinary life is within you at this present moment. You have the ability to create, play, experience, experiment, observe, laugh, share, build, to do anything you wish to do. You have the ability to create. Which means that at any moment you are alive you are capable of experiencing whatever it is you want to experience.
My mission is to create art that can create space for people to feel this. My mission is to add color and excitement to the white walls of this world in order to inspire others to tap into their own creativity. I want to make art that people can just sit and stare at and breathe a little bit deeper. Art that encourages people to indulge in the adventure of connecting with themselves.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
I would define success as having the courage to focus on love over fear. Being able to pass through all the insecurities and doubts and create the things that your heart has been wanting to create. I feel like because we are talking about artists, the qualities and characteristics that are essential to success are so different from person to person. But the common thread I see throughout every artist’s story that I look up to and admire is authenticity.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Currently, my work can be seen mostly on my Instagram! People can support me by following along there or checking out my Etsy shop. 🙂
- Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MadelineRaeArt
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madelinerae._/