Originally from Colorado, Rae Mahaffey studied art at Western Washington University / Fairhaven, Bellingham, Washington, the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and the University of Washington. In Los Angeles she worked as a curator for Gemini G.E.L. and as a consultant for David Hockney’s studio. She moved to Portland with her husband, Mark, to start Mahaffey Fine Art, a fine art print workshop.

Her work as a painter, printmaker and glass artist explores color, pattern and light observations drawn from the world around us. It is represented by the Russo Lee Gallery in Portland.

She has exhibited her work primarily in galleries on the West Coast and at institutions such as the Portland Art Museum, Boise Art Museum, and the Oregon State University, OR. Mahaffey has completed various commissions including ones for the El Paso International Airport, TX, Columbia Basin College, WA, Oregon Convention Center and Tigard Public Library, OR, and for a Fire Station in Aurora, CO.

Her work is represented in the collections of the New York Public Library, the Tacoma Art Museum, King County Arts Commission, Swedish Hospital and Microsoft, the Portland Art Museum, and Oregon Health Sciences University, among others.