Author and Artist, Burbank CA


Artist Nan Rae, trained in the Western tradition until a visit to Monet’s garden in Giverny led her to the study of Asian Brush painting.  Since 1984 she has led workshops across the country, started teaching at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in ’94 and in her studio, teaching over 4,000 adults the wonders of this art form. Nan’s book, ‘The Ch’i of The Brush’, originally published by Random House/Watson-Guptill along with publishers in France and Spain, continues to be used by students worldwide.

At Art Expo, art connoisseurs on seeing Nan Rae’s work commented that they felt as if they entered the paintings and became subjectively involved in them.  Exhibited at the Grand Palais in Paris, Japan and China, this best-selling artist’s paintings hang not only in the most prestigious homes in Southern California but also in private and corporate collections across the country, in Canada and Europe.

Along with her original artwork and limited edition fine art prints, Nan Rae’s greeting cards are sold in museums and fine stores throughout Europe and the United States as well as being a featured artist with Trader Joe’s Greeting Cards nationwide.


Nan Rae has illustrated several books for various authors and the book ‘Suma the Elephant’ won the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award in New York City for the artwork.  The New York Philharmonic chose Nan Rae’s art for their important trip to North Korea and China.  Nan has also provided the artwork for the San Francisco Symphony’s yearly celebration of the Chinese New Year as well as designing artwork for the Golden Globe invitations.

At the invitation of her publisher, Laughing Elephant Books, Nan Rae created her first inspirational book, ‘What If…We Have the Power to Change Our Lives’ just in time to be a comfort for many during the pandemic.  Following its success and encouraged by the response on her postings to over 250,000 combined followers on social media, Nan will be launching her next book ‘That’s Just What I Needed Today’ in November. You may preorder her latest book this October 2020.

Nan Rae now teaches her classes live online and this new avenue has brought students from as far away as Australia, Kuwait, Germany, the UK, Chile, Switzerland and so many more, as she continues to live by her motto “LIVE JOYFULLY!”

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