Rae Lewis

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Rae Lewis

"Most of my adult life I have lived in cities, but I grew up in a sparsely-populated region of southern Utah. My father was a sheep rancher and we led the traditional, nomadic life of herdsman. Our summer range, at an elevation of 9,000 feet, overlooked the dramatic vividly-colored, canyons of what is now Zion National Park. From the time I was a small child until I left the area in 1965, I explored the region on foot and on horseback. By the time I became an adult, the drama, beauty and colossal scale of the terrain were deeply embedded in my consciousness. The geology and geography of my childhood home define my visual awareness and they are at the center of my impulses as a painter.

In 1972 I went to work at Rolling Stone Magazine, which was then being published in San Francisco. While there, I met such cultural icons as Annie Leibovitz, Hunter Thompson, and the late Grover Lewis. Grover and I were married in 1973 and remained so until his death in 1995.


In 1982 I became a Studio Manager for the Santa Monica artist and collector, Tony Berlant, where I was exposed, for the first time, to the companionship of artists and world of fine art. There, in addition to seeing museum-quality objects and works of art on a daily basis, I encounterd the possibilities of self-expression through the visual arts. I painted my first ceramic plate there in 1991. Since that time my artistic vision has evolved from that of a visionary, self-taught painter, to the much more complex and fascinating world of abstraction, working primarily with acrylic paints and inks on wood and canvas surfaces."


Lewis’ work has been exhibited in several notable group shows throughout the west. Her paintings are in the collections of many Los Angeles artists and writers.